Rowland lands Manor LMP1 seat for WEC campaign

Formula 2 ace Oliver Rowland will race for the Manor LMP1 team in the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason.

Rowland lands Manor LMP1 seat for WEC campaign
Oliver Rowland talks to Henry Hope-Frost on the Autosport Stage
Oliver Rowland, Racing Engineering
#25 CEFC Manor TRS Team China ORECA 07-Gibson: Roberto Gonzalez, Simon Trummer, Vitaly Petrov
#24 CEFC Manor TRS Team China ORECA 07-Gibson: Matt Rao , Ben Hanley, Jean-Eric Vergne
#24 CEFC Manor TRS Team China ORECA 07-Gibson: Matt Rao , Ben Hanley, Jean-Eric Vergne

The 25-year-old, who finished third in last year's F2 points, is the first driver to be named for the team's WEC assault with a Ginetta G60-LT-P1 entered under the CEFC TRSM Racing banner.

Rowland, the 2011 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, said: “I am very excited to be joining TRSM for LMP1 in the WEC.

"Endurance racing is a new experience for me and it will create a fresh challenge, but I am really looking forward to working with the team and driving such an amazing car.

"Competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours is extremely exciting and it’s something that I've always wanted to race in.

"I can't wait to get started with the team to ensure we get the best out of the package and moving forward seeing if we can challenge for some fantastic results in the championship."

Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon explained that the team had been following Rowland's career for some time and was "very impressed with his performances".

"Although this will be his first season in sportscars, we have every confidence that he will adapt to LMP1 very quickly," he added.

Manor is expanding into P1 as a privateer after two years in the WEC in the LMP2 ranks.

The team has stated its intention to remain in P2 and is expected to be on the WEC entry list in the secondary prototype class when the series roster is announced in Paris this afternoon.

shares
comments
Petrov, Aleshin named in SMP's LMP1 line-up

Previous article

Petrov, Aleshin named in SMP's LMP1 line-up

Next article

Video: Alonso raves over “rocket ship” Toyota in test

Video: Alonso raves over “rocket ship” Toyota in test
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Drivers Oliver Rowland
Teams Manor Motorsport
Author Gary Watkins
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Prime

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Prime

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory.

WEC
May 4, 2021
What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Prime

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner

WEC
Apr 29, 2021
How Aston Martin scaled new heights in the Prodrive era Prime

How Aston Martin scaled new heights in the Prodrive era

The 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no factory-run Aston Martins in the GTE Pro class. That's especially notable because as a works entity, the Prodrive era of Aston Martin Racing that began in 2005 has been a success from the very start.

WEC
Apr 27, 2021
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Prime

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021
How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy Prime

How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy

Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

WEC
Mar 5, 2021
Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile Prime

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

WEC
Feb 25, 2021
The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC Prime

The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s decision to scrap its GT Le Mans class for 2022 raises the question of whether the FIA World Endurance Championship should phase out GTE cars. But it's a much harder decision than it appears on the surface.

WEC
Feb 3, 2021