Brendon Hartley to return to WEC with SMP Racing
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Brendon Hartley to return to WEC with SMP Racing

While it was probably not a huge surprise to see Russian Sergey Sirotkin recently confirmed at SMP Racing, the news of Brendon Hartley’s place in the line-up will delight many, and maybe even surprise a few.

The 2015 and 2017 FIA World Endurance Champion will be making a welcome return to the WEC to replace Jenson Button in the 1000 Miles of Sebring and TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.  The New Zealander will be competing in the No.11 BR Engineering BR1-AER alongside Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov.  

Hartley, 29, spent 2018 competing in F1 but brings to SMP Racing a huge amount of relevant endurance racing experience from his time with the Porsche LMP1 team and prior to that in the ELMS.

Sergey Sirotkin at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017

Brendon Hartley added: “I’m very pleased to join SMP Racing for the next two WEC races at Sebring and Spa. The team have all the tools and a great driver roster so I think we have a big opportunity to fight for podiums. It marks my return to the WEC and I’m really looking forward to being back in the paddock amongst many familiar faces.”

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Sirotkin has had a long working relationship with SMP.  He told Autosport UK: “I am very glad that I have the honour of defending the colours of the Russian flag on the Russian prototype as part of the Russian SMP Racing team in the World Endurance Championship.”