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Toyota protege Kenta Yamashita will contest the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season with the High Class Racing LMP2 squad, the Japanese manufacturer has announced.

Yamashita won the Japanese Formula 3 championship in 2016 and graduated to Super Formula the following year, helping Kondo Racing claim its maiden teams’ title in 2018.

He has also been actively racing in SUPER GT since 2015 and currently leads the GT500 standings along with LeMans teammate Kazuya Oshima following their victory at the previous round in Thailand.

Yamashita becomes the third Toyota-affiliated driver to join the WEC following Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima, who both compete for the Japanese manufacturer’s factory LMP1 squad.

 “I am very excited to be racing in WEC and LMP2 for the first time; thanks to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and High Class Racing for this opportunity,” Yamashita said.

“There are so many legendary circuits on the WEC calendar and plenty of tough competitors in the LMP2 class so it will be a challenging experience. There is a lot for me to learn and I am sure the team will help me a lot. Now I can’t wait for testing to begin so I can prepare myself for an exciting season.”

Yamashita will team up with High Class Racing’s European Le Mans Series regular Anders Fjordbach and Michael Patterson in the #33 Oreca 07 Gibson.

Earlier this week, High Class revealed a largely blue livery for its first season in the WEC, having raced in mainly yellow for its Le Mans 24 Hours debut last month.

#20 High Class Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Anders Fjördbach, Dennis Andersen, Mathias Bech

#20 High Class Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Anders Fjördbach, Dennis Andersen, Mathias Bech

Photo by: Marc Fleury

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Series Super GT , WEC
Drivers Kenta Yamashita
Teams High Class Racing
Author Rachit Thukral