Former Marussia F1 driver, Max Chilton has been confirmed this morning as joining the NISMO Nissan LMP1 programme for 2015. Max will race with Nissan full season in the FIA WEC, which will include his debut at Le Mans. Additionally he will continue his Indy Lights test commitments for Carlin in the USA. It is good to see Max securing a drive for the season with such a prominent manufacturer team.
Max will be partnered at the team, alongside Marc Gene, Olivier Pla, Harry Tincknell, Jann Mardenborough and Michael Krumm for effectively the duration of the season. However Krumm will only join the team for Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans, curtailing his LMP1 involvement due to SuperGT commitments with Nissan team, Kondo Racing. The programme will additionally see Alex Buncombe, Tsugio Matsuda and Lucas Ordonez race a third Nismo entrant at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
Exact driver pairings have yet to be determined for the full season cars, however what the driver choices do show us from Nissan is a good mix of experienced Le Mans prototype drivers, GT Academy graduates, SuperGT programme involvement and an ability to develop young drivers, and personally I’m impressed by that combination.
Max hasn’t had a great deal of experience in endurance racing, though he did join his brother Tom Chilton in an Arena Motorsport Zytek 07S LMP1 in the 2007 Le Mans Series championship round at Silverstone, whilst Max was also racing for Arena in British F3. The pair finished sixth overall on that occasion.