Reigning FIA WEC LMP2 champion Roman Rusinov is set to defend his class title in 2016 in an ORECA 05, Motorsport.com can reveal.
The Russian, who has already tested one of cars that had taken the LMP2 class Le Mans 24 Hours crown last season, is believed to have concluded a deal to compete in the full WEC campaign with G-Drive Racing.
Rusinov has raced in the WEC for all but one of the events since the inception of the global championship in 2012.
He is, along with Gianmaria Bruni, the most successful driver in WEC history, having taken 12 wins and 17 podiums in total.
Rusinov took the 2015 LMP2 title alongside teammates Sam Bird and Julien Canal, notching up four class victories at Silverstone, COTA, Fuji and Bahrain.
A photograph acquired by Motorsport.com shows the ORECA 05, which was tested by Rusinov at the Paul Ricard circuit recently (see left).
The G-Drive Racing program is expected to be confirmed next week ahead of the official WEC and Le Mans entry list announcements in Paris on 5 February.