Mahaveer Raghunathan gets G-Drive LMP2 rookie test drive in Bahrain
The FIA World Endurance Championship has released the entry list for the rookie drivers' test to take place at the Bahrain International Circuit on November 19 - where teams will get five hours of track time.
Among the 11 drivers named, the list includes India's Mahaveer Raghunathan, who will drive the Oreca 07 - Gibson LMP2 car of the Russian outfit G-Drive Racing.
The Chennai-born driver comes off from a historic title-winning campaign in the Boss GP, where he competed in the Formula Class for PS Racing - claiming a win and 12 podium finishes.
This will be the 18-year-old's first foray into sportscar racing, having accumulated single-seater experience over the years, competing in the Italian F4, MRF Challenge, European F3 and GP3 Series.
Even though its the first run for Raghunathan in a LMP2 car, the Indian's experience of driving the Gibson Tech 3.4 V8 engine in Boss GP could come in handy when he drives the Oreca 07 Gibson 4.2 V8 car in Bahrain.
Raghunathan becomes the third Indian ever to drive a prototype car in the WEC after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok - while Parth Ghorpade also drove a LMP2 car, but he competed in the European LeMans Series.
The other names confirmed has Thomas Laurent and Mike Conway in the Toyota LMP1 car, while joining Raghunathan in the LMP2 class will be Konstantin Tereshchenko for TDS Racing and Gabriel Aubry for Signatech Alpine.
In the LMGTE Pro class, AF Corse Ferrari will field Ishikawa Motoaki and Olivier Beretta, while Porsche GT will have four drivers in the 911, with Richard Lietz, Frederic Makowiecki, Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre.