SMP Racing does not only is the private computer that more advanced seems to have its project in LMP1, but has also begun to relieve your payroll of pilots. While the test of the BR1 with engine AER will happen on Spanish soil, SMP Racing has confirmed Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin as its first two pilots for the season 2018-19 in the WEC. Both the ex-pilot of Formula 1 as the ex-pilot of IndyCar have been an important part of the development testing of a BR1 designed by BR Engineering and Dallara and will track the team ART Grand Prix.
In this aspect, Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin are possibly the Russian fleet with the highest quality and trajectory. However, Petrov he competed in Formula 1 between 2010 and 2012 with a balance of a podium, even if your closest experience are his two seasons in the class LMP2 WEC with SMP Racing and Manor. The Russian was third in its category in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016. For his part, Mikhail Aleshin is champion of the Formula Renault 3.5, has competed for four seasons in the IndyCar series already has played the last three editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with SMP Racing.
beyond the WEC, SMP Racing has also confirmed that Viktor Shaitar will lead the project team in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) at the controls of one of the LMP2 team. There will match throughout the season with Roman Rusinov, every time that the Russian pilot has taken the decision not to do the full season in the Endurance World. Although G-Drive Racing will be at Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, his program will focus on the ELMS where will join forces with teams TDS Racing and Graff. In the LMP2 managed by TDS Racing will compete the own Rusinov.