GP2 race winner Jon Lancaster will make his sports car debut with the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 team in this weekend’s Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale.
The 24-year-old Briton, who has undertaken a part season with the German Hilmer team in GP2 this year, will drive the Greaves Zytek-Nissan Z11SN together with Bjorn Wirdheim and Nissan GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip. Lancaster has joined the Greaves lineup after testing with the team at the beginning of the 2011 season.
“I did something like 10 laps straight at Paul Ricard with a view to doing the Le Mans 24 Hours, which didn’t happen,” he said. “We’ve stayed in touch. Now they’ve got a bit of backing, so when they called me last week, I jumped at the chance.”
Lancaster revealed that he was evaluating a full-time move into sports cars for next season alongside options in open-wheelers.
“This is about opening up new options for me,” he explained. “I’m pushing hard on a few other things, which could involve Formula 1, but I need a back-up plan. Sports cars is a fantastic option, because the WEC is really taking off and there are lots of manufacturers involved. It is something I have got to look at.”
Reip, who raced in the FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series this year with a RJN Nissan GT-R, follows teammate Mark Shulzhitskiy into the Greaves lineup.
Reip is being evaluated, like Shulzhitskiy at Shanghai earlier this month, for a drive at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.