Oliver Rowland will make his Le Mans 24 hours debut, as part of a full-time World Endurance Championship campaign with Manor’s LMP1 outfit.

Rowland, who finished third in Formula 2 with DAMS last year, will make his WEC debut in the first round of its ‘superseason’, which kicks off a six-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in May.

Rowland’s #6 Manor entry is one of eight privateers competing against Toyota’s two hybrid works car in this year’s top division.

“I am very excited to be joining TRSM for the LMP1 World Endurance Championship,” Rowland said.

“Endurance racing is a new experience for me and it will create a fresh challenge, but I am really looking forward to working with the team and driving such an amazing car.

“Competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is extremely exciting and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to race in.

“I can’t wait to get started with the team to ensure we get the best out of the package and moving forward seeing if we can challenge for some fantastic results in the championship.”

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Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon believes Rowland can quickly overcome his lack of sportscars experience, due to his ‘impressive performances’ in his career so far.

“We are very happy to welcome Oliver to the team, we have followed him closely over the years and have been very impressed with his performances,” he said.

“Although this will be his first season in sportscars we have every confidence that he will adapt to LMP1 very quickly.

“It is great to be returning to FIA WEC and we are looking forward to starting the season at the Prologue in April.”

Rowland is also set to reveal further 2018 plans involving a Formula 1 team, within the next few weeks.