Chilton secures WEC drive with Nissan
Former-F1 driver Max Chilton has secured a seat with Nissan's LMP1 team in the World Endurance Series.
Following the collapse of Marussia last year, Chilton's F1 dream came to an end and he was forced to look elsewhere for a drive. Joining Nissan means he joins several ex-F1 drivers in the top flight of sports car racing and will take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
"I'm honoured to have been asked to join a manufacturer as prestigious as Nissan in a championship that is growing year on year," Chilton said. "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 One 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 join team-mates Marc Gene, Michael Krumm, Jann Mardenborough, Olivier Pla and Harry Tincknell for the season-opening race at Silverstone on April 12, although the exact driver line-ups of the two cars will be announced at a later date. A third Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will be raced at Le Mans with Alex Buncombe, Tsugio Matsuda and Lucas Ordonez.
The Nissan stands out from the crowd in WEC because of its front-engined and front-wheel drive layout.