Former Formula One team managers John Booth and Graeme Lowdon have returned to motor racing after announcing the formation of the Manor LMP2 team that will race in the 2016 World Endurance Championship and the 2016 LeMans 24 Hours with ORECA chassis and engines provided by Nissan.
The pair who set up the Manor Formula One team under the Virgin Racing banner in 2010 which later became the Manor F1 Team resigned from the outfit at the end of last season due to a difference of opinion with new team owner and chairman Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Speaking about the new project, Booth commented by saying:
We are delighted to be joining the World Endurance Championship, It is a fantastic series that visits iconic tracks all over the world. The level of competition is very high and we are really looking forward to racing again. The LMP2 class is specifically designed for teams independent of manufacturers and/or engine suppliers which places the focus firmly on how the team performs. I can’t wait to see the car running now. We have lots to do but we have a great team of people to get it all done.
Grame Lowdon commented on the new project by saying:
It’s really great to be racing again and the FIA World Endurance Championship provides a fantastic challenge for us.Pre-season testing starts soon and there is a lot to do but we have never been afraid of a bit of hard work. There is a real buzz within the team at the moment, we have enjoyed great support from the fans over the last few months and we are very keen for them to get fully involved in what we are doing. We all have a great passion for motorsport and we are keen to share that passion.