Booth, Lowdon enter WEC as Manor
5 February 2016 – John Booth and Graeme Lowdon have announced that they are to enter the 2016 World Endurance Championship, in the LMP2 category, under the Manor name.
Booth and Lowdon resigned from the Manor Formula 1 team at the end of last season, but will return to racing with a full WEC campaign, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Manor will field an Oreca 05 chassis powered by a Nissan engine, and has signed Tor Graves as its first driver, the 43-year-old Thai racer previously representing the team in Formula 3.
Booth will act as Team Principal, with Lowdon as Sporting Director.
"We are delighted to be joining the World Endurance Championship; it is a fantastic series that visits iconic tracks all over the world," Booth said of his latest venture.
"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."
"It's really great to be racing again and the World Endurance Championship provides a fantastic challenge for us," added Lowdon, who linked up with Booth at Manor in 2000.
"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."