Lynn to test Toyota LMP1 car in Bahrain rookie test

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Williams reserve driver Alex Lynn has joined the line-up for the end of season FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test in Bahrain later this month.

Lynn joined Williams after winning the GP3 title in 2014, and has balanced his commitments with the British Formula 1 team with a race role in GP2 with DAMS.

However, the Briton will now try his hand at a endurance car after being named as one of Toyota’s drivers for the upcoming test at the Bahrain International Circuit on November 22.

Lynn will share driving duties in the TS040 hybrid with LMP2 and Formula E racer Sam Bird, while regular Toyota driver Mike Conway will complete installation laps in the car and be on hand to provide support throughout the test day.

New Zealanders Richie Stanaway and Mitch Evans will also get their first taste of an LMP1 car during the test, having been selected by the WEC promoter to complete running for Audi and Porsche respectively.

Evans will be joined in the Porsche 919 Hybrid by IndyCar’s Juan Pablo Montoya, who confirmed last month that he would be testing for the German marque in Bahrain.

A number of rookie drivers will get a chance to test for teams in LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am, with the full entry list being published by WEC officials on Friday.

Formula Renault 3.5 driver Tio Ellinas will test for Strakka Racing in LMP2, while Aston Martin Racing has confirmed that it will give six of its academy members a run-out in Bahrain.

Here is the complete Bahrain test line-up as per the WEC.

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Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.