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Trummer joins Manor LMP2 team from ByKolles

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Trummer joins Manor LMP2 team from ByKolles
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Feb 9, 2017, 11:46 AM

Former GP2 regular and ByKolles LMP1 driver Simon Trummer has joined Manor for the upcoming World Endurance Championship season.

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#4 ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01: Simon Trummer, Oliver Webb, Pierre Kaffer
#4 ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01: Simon Trummer, Pierre Kaffer, Oliver Webb
#4 ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01: Simon Trummer, Oliver Webb, Pierre Kaffer
#45 Manor Oreca 05 - Nissan: Roberto Merhi, Julien Canal, Roberto Gonzalez
Podium: winners LMP1 private #4 ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01: Simon Trummer, Oliver Webb, Pierre Kaffer
#45 Manor Oreca 05 - Nissan: Roberto Merhi, Julien Canal, Roberto Gonzalez

Trummer will be making his debut in WEC's LMP2 class, the Switzerland native driving one of Manor's Oreca 07–Gibson cars.

The 27-year-old spent nine years in single-seaters prior to joining ByKolles in LMP1, his most notable achievement in the junior categories a runner-up finish to compatriot Christopher Zanella in the 2007 edition of the Swiss Formula Renault 2.0.

He raced for three years in GP2 between 2012 and 2014, scoring a Bahrain podium with Rapax in his final full-time season.

During a subsequent two-year stint behind the wheel of a ByKolles CLM P1/01, he and his squad topped the sparsely-populated LMP1 privateer class on three occasions.

For 2017, he is the third driver to be confirmed in the rebranded CEFC Manor TRS Racing outfit, joining Tor Graves and Ricardo Gonzalez, although the team hasn't specified which car Trummer will race.

"I am very grateful to John Booth and Graeme Lowdon for their belief in me," Trummer said. "This year a new era begins in LMP2 with new powerful cars that will be significantly quicker and therefore more challenging.

"To go for podiums in this competitive class is our target. I hope we can put CEFC Manor TRS Racing to the top.

"This team was one of the best in Formula 3 and with a comparably low budget they have also earned a lot of respect in Formula 1. They are real racers."

Trummer's former team ByKolles has already confirmed grand prix winner Robert Kubica and returnee Oliver Webb as two of its drivers for 2017.

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Series WEC
Drivers Simon Trummer
Teams Kolles Racing , Manor Motorsport
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy