G-Drive Racing announce Will Stevens for Le Mans
2nd June 2016
G-Drive Racing have today announced that Will Stevens will join Roman Rusinov and Rene Rast in the No.26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 05-Nissan for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Today’s announcements come after the partnership between G-Drive Racing and Nathanaël Berthon came to an end recently.
Will Stevens, who was one of the stars of the recent Spa FIA WEC round is being loaned to G-Drive Racing by Manor for the Le Mans 24 Hours only. Stevens will return to the Manor team for the rest of the 2016 WEC season.
24 year-old Stevens, who has a stellar pedigree in a variety of series ranging from Formula Renault 3.5 to Formula One, joins G-Drive Racing for his first Le Mans 24 Hours this month. Stevens will get his first laps with the team at the official Le Mans test day on June 5.
From Walton-On-Thames in Surrey, Stevens is also racing in the Blancpain GT Series this year, sharing an Audi R8 LMS with his new G-Drive Racing LMP2 Le Mans teammate, Rene Rast.
Will Stevens, Driver No.26 G-Drive ORECA-Nissan
“The offer to join G-Drive specifically for Le Mans and share the car with Rene and Roman was compelling. My partnership with Rene at WRT Audi is working well and with his and Roman’s experience in this race, it offered me a race winning opportunity which I’m pleased to accept. I’m grateful to the Manor WEC Team for releasing me for this occasion and we will continue to work together for the remainder of their first season in endurance racing. I’m very much looking forward to my first 24-hour race within this line-up and am very grateful to G-Drive for the opportunity. I’m enjoying the whole endurance racing scene and no doubt my first Le Mans will be a special event in my career”.
Alexander Krylov, PJSC Gazprom Neft Regional Sales Director and G-Drive Racing General manager
“We are very happy to welcome Will to the team. We know that Will is an excellent professional who can add a great deal to our already impressive line-up of Roman (Rusinov) and Rene (Rast).
“The plan with Will made sense for us as he already has recent knowledge of the ORECA. He is extremely quick and has a good understanding of how to get the maximum out of an LMP2 car. The fact he knows Rene well from GT racing will also be a significant help as he integrates in to the team.”