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Manor alters No. 24 crew line-up for WEC Mexico

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Manor’s Jean-Eric Vergne will be joined by two new drivers in the No. 24 Oreca 07 Gibson for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship round in Mexico following a revision of the team’s line-up.

Manor fielded ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 and current Formula E racer Vergne alongside Jonathan Hirschi and Tor Graves in the No. 24 Oreca through the opening three rounds of the season, the trio recording a best finish of fourth in the LMP2 class at Le Mans.

Vergne was replaced by Roberto Merhi for the last round at the Nürburgring due to Formula E’s clashing commitments in New York, but will be joined by an all-new line-up for the next race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on September 3.

Matt Rao returns to Manor’s LMP2 line-up after featuring last season ahead of a move to Signatech Alpine for 2017, acting as its silver-rated driver.

Vergne and Rao will be joined by British racer Ben Hanley, who moves onto his third team of the WEC season after featuring for TDS Racing, DragonSpeed and G-Drive Racing so far this season at Spa, Le Mans and the Nürburgring respectively.

Manor’s No. 25 Oreca line-up remains unchanged, with Vitaly Petrov being joined by Simon Trummer and Roberto Gonzalez for Mexico City.

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Manor adds Jonathan Hirschi to 2017 WEC line-up

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CEFC Manor TRS Racing has confirmed that Swiss driver Jonathan Hirschi will join its line-up for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Hirschi, 31, has competed in numerous sportscar and rally events in recent years, making four appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 2010 and 2013.

Hirschi will return to the Circuit de la Sarthe in June as part of the newly-rebranded Manor team’s line-up, as confirmed on Thursday.

“We are very happy that Jonathan is joining the team for WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Manor president and sporting director Graeme Lowdon said.

“He has a lot of experience in endurance racing including multiple visits to Le Mans so it is great to add him to our driver line up.

“We have had a busy few weeks preparing for the new season but we are looking forward to the year ahead, it seems like a long time since our last race so we really can’t wait to get going again.”

Hirschi added: “I’m really happy to join CEFC Manor TRS Racing for WEC this season. After three seasons in ELMS I am really happy to be taking part in WEC and to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“A big thank you to Graeme Lowdon and John Booth to trust in me this season and I will do my best to achieve my goals.

“I am impatient to drive the new LMP2 with new rules and to drive an ORECA chassis again. I can’t wait for the Prologue at Monza.”

Hirschi is the fourth driver to be confirmed in a Manor seat for 2017, joining up with Simon Trummer, Tor Graves and Roberto Gonzalez.

The new FIA WEC season begins on April 16 at Silverstone.