Manor has confirmed that former GP2 racer Simon Trummer will join its LMP2 line-up for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
Trummer, 27, raced in GP2 between 2012 and 2015 before turning his attention to sportscar racing, joining ByKolles for the entirety of the 2016 campaign.
Trummer claimed one victory in the LMP1-L class en route to second place in the drivers’ championship, but will now step down to LMP2 with the rebranded CEFC Manor TRS Racing team for 2017.
“I am very grateful to John Booth and Graeme Lowdon for their belief in me. This year a new era begins in LMP2 with new powerful cars that will be significantly quicker and therefore more challenging,” Trummer said.
“To go for podiums in this competitive class is our target. I hope we can put CEFC Manor TRS Racing to the top.
“This team was one of the best in Formula 3 and with a comparably low budget they have also earned a lot of respect in Formula 1. They are real racers.”
Manor chief Lowdon added: “We are very happy to welcome Simon to the team. We have followed Simon’s career through GP3, GP2 and then more recently in LMP1.
“He has a wealth of experience in motorsport including two 24 hours of Le Mans so he is a great fit to our growing driver line up.
“Simon has a very good understanding of WEC so it is great to be working with him. We are looking forward to working together this year and hopefully enjoying some success along the way.”
Trummer joins Tor Graves and Roberto Gonzalez in its two-car LMP2 line-up for 2017, with the remaining three seats set to be filled ahead of the season opener at Silverstone on April 16.