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Chilton makes move into WEC

British and former Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton has joined the World Endurance Championship with Nissan.

The 23-year-old has made the move to the World Endurance Championship following financial difficulties with the Marussia team and whilst the team look set to make a return to the Formula One grid, Chilton has been busy looking for pastures new.

He had recently teamed up with Surrey-based team Carlin, who he won two races in the GP2 series with as they look to expand into the American market.

Chilton had tested for Carlin's new Indy Lights team and could well make the move to the full Indy Car scene in 2016.

But in the mean time he will join fellow ex-F1 drivers Mark Webber, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi in WEC.

The FIA World Endurance Championship has proven to be a growing formula, with 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button reportedly mulling over a switch if he had failed to secure a new contract with McLaren Honda.

“I'm honoured to have been asked to join a manufacturer as prestigious as Nissan in a championship that is growing year on year,” said Chilton to Sky Sports.

“Le Mans has always had an amazing following and to be racing there as a works driver is a dream come true. My aim has always been to race at the highest level and the technology that has gone into the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is as impressive as a Formula 1 car.

“Having met with the team and seen first-hand the dedication and desire to win that exists within this project I can't wait to get on track.'


Chilton will immediately begin testing at Sebring in Florida this week ahead of the season opener at Silverstone on April 12th.

The Le Mans 24 Hour race will take place in June.








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