Chilton to race in LMP1 with Nissan

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Max Chilton will race in the World Endurance Championship for Nissan this season, with his LMP1 move ending chances of an F1 return.

The former Marussia driver has been without a drive since the team went in to administration following last year's Russian Grand Prix. While the team is attempting to be on the grid in Melbourne this year under the name of Manor Marussia - and has one seat still available - Chilton has been announced as a Nissan LMP1 driver who will race at Le Mans.

“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 1 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 race for Nissan from the start of the season, with the opening race taking place at Silverstone on April 12.

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