Bourdais set for WEC LMP2 drive with debutants Vector Sport

IMSA Cadillac Chip Ganassi DPi driver Sebastien Bourdais has joined Vector Sport’s LMP2 program as the team prepare for their WEC debut.

The 2016 Ford GT-Pro Le Mans winner will make his formal LMP2 debut in the 2022 World Endurance Championship.

He returns to the WEC since Le Mans 2020 with Risi Competizione.

The reigning Sebring 12 Hours winner will also take on the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing.

Vector Sport Team Principal Gary Holland said: “We are really excited to have Seb join us for our debut season.

“His huge amount of experience in all forms of racing will be a valuable asset to our young time and we would like to offer our thanks to Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing for allowing Séb to work with us throughout this WEC season.”

The new Silverstone-based team already announced their first driver, two-time DTM runner up Nico Mueller.

Himself, Bourdais and a silver-licensed driver will run the widely-used Oreca 07 Gibson platform.

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Bourdais, who has entered 14 Le Mans 24 Hours races, added: “It’s tough to know what expectations are realistic as LMP2 is such a big and competitive field but it’s a very exciting prospect.

“We are all similar in terms of equipment, I’ll be alongside some very cool dudes as my teammates, including Nico [Muller], and it’ll be a great experience running in the WEC.

“I got to know Gary Holland (Team Principal) when he ran the Risi Competizione car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 so when he called me up I was instantly interested.

“It’ll be great to become more familiar with prototypes at Le Mans, and the Vector Sport program complements the Cadillac CGR deal extremely well.

“I can’t wait to get started with my busy 2022 year ahead.”

The 2022 WEC season will get underway at Sebring in March with the Prologue pre-test, followed by the 1000-mile season opener.