Stoffel Vandoorne to make WEC debut with SMP Racing

Belgian racing star Stoffel Vandoorne will make his WEC debut with Russian team SMP Racing at the upcoming TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Saturday 4th May) and for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, replacing Jenson Button in the No. 11 BR Engineering BR1-AER.

Vandoorne will be an extremely popular addition to this year’s event as the Belgian driver was born in Kortrijk and grew up in Flanders.   Indeed, he is one of only two Belgians racing on home soil next month as the 27-year-old prepares to make his WEC debut in front of a passionate home crowd. 

No stranger to the challenges of Spa-Francorchamps having already raced at the circuit many times before, the Belgian pro will be buoyed by the fact he can rely on the experience of his Russian team-mates Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin when getting to grips with the LMP1 machinery.