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Alex Lynn adds WEC program with G-Drive to busy 2017 duties

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Alex Lynn has added a full-season FIA World Endurance Championship program to his busy 2017 schedule after being announced as G-Drive Racing’s third driver in the LMP2 class.

After winning the GP3 Series title in 2014, Lynn spent two years in GP2 and worked with Williams Formula 1 as its development driver before shifting his focus at the end of last year.

Lynn made three starts for Manor in the WEC in 2016, as well as vying for a full-season Formula E seat with Jaguar. Despite missing out, he did land a reserve role in the all-electric series with DS Virgin Racing.

Lynn also sealed a deal to race at Sebring and Petit Le Mans in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Wayne Taylor Racing, and is set to appear at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours with BMW’s factory team as well.

Lynn told NBC Sports over the Buenos Aires Formula E weekend that he wanted a WEC drive and to appear at Le Mans in 2017, and has now got his wish after being confirmed in a seat with G-Drive.

The British driver will join Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet in the No. 26 ORECA 07 car, completing G-Drive’s line-up for the new season.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Lynn told Sportscar365. “[It’s] a great car, great engineers, great drivers. We’ve got a strong chance at hopefully every race we turn up to.

“I’m very excited. I’ve got so many cool races this year, I feel very lucky, and I’m just super excited. I’m enjoying my racing so much this year, and I just fell really happy to be honest.”

Lynn will make his IMSA debut this weekend in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R alongside Ricky and Jordan Taylor, with the trio being forced out of part of the practice running due to an issue.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”