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All of WEC's LMP2 entrants can win in 2016 - Rusinov

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All of WEC's LMP2 entrants can win in 2016 - Rusinov
Mar 28, 2016, 10:10 AM

Reigning WEC LMP2 champion Roman Rusinov believes that each team entered in the class for the 2016 season can challenge for race wins.

#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05 - Nissan: Roman Rusinov, Nathanael Berthon, René Rast
#36 Signatech Alpine A460: Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi
#43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JSP2 - Nissan: Ricardo Gonzalez, Filipe Albuquerque, Bruno Senna
#44 Manor Oreca 05 - Nissan: Tor Graves, Matthew Rao, Will Steves, James Jakes
#42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S - Nissan: Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane, Danny Watts
#31 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2 - Nissan: Ryan Dalziel, Pipo Derani, Christopher Cumming

Eleven LMP2 cars are to contest the 2016 WEC campaign on a full-time basis and of the 10 that were present in the WEC Prologue test at Paul Ricard, seven ended up within a second of the class benchmark.

Rusinov, who will partner Nathanael Berthon and Rene Rast at G-Drive, set his team's best time of the test, the #26 car placing sixth in class.

"The competition in LMP2 will be very tough but very nice," Rusinov said during the test.

"All of the cars on the entry list can challenge for the win so we will have a very nice competition this year. 

"We will try to do our best for Russia and for G-Drive and, if we can finish without troubles, then we can fight for the win.”

Confidence in new line-up

Rusinov is the only driver who has been retained from last year's title-winning #26 line-up, with G-Drive now being run by JOTA Sport instead of OAK Racing.

However, the Russian has faith in his new teammates - GT ace Rast and single-seater convert Berthon.

"It is good to have Rene because he is already a god in GT racing so we want to make him a god in prototypes," Rusinov said.

"And Nathanael is a quick driver with experience in LMP2.  We are already working well together.”

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Series WEC
Drivers Roman Rusinov , Nathanael Berthon , René Rast
Teams G-Drive Racing , Jota Sport