Davidson, Maldonado switch from DragonSpeed to Jota for '19/20

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Anthony Davidson and Pastor Maldonado will continue their World Endurance Championship partnership next season after switching to Jota Sport LMP2 team

Davidson, Maldonado switch from DragonSpeed to Jota for '19/20

The move comes after their DragonSpeed outfit decided to scale back its sportscar commitments in favour of its IndyCar expansion.

Davidson and Maldonado will once again line-up alongside silver-rated Roberto Gonzalez at the wheel of an ORECA-Gibson 07 for the 2019/20 campaign.

"We are delighted to welcome Roberto, Pastor and Anthony to Jota for our next campaign which looks set to be the most exciting for us yet in the WEC," Jota team boss Sam Hignett said.

"Recent races have shown all three to have already moulded a potent and race winning-combination, so we believe that this can be harnessed to really mount a strong force for the new WEC season."

The trio scored their first WEC win together at Spa, which gives Maldonado and Gonzalez an outside chance at the LMP2 title heading into the Le Mans 24 Hour season finale.

Davidson is not unable to win the LMP2 crown because he missed the first two races of the season to prioritise his role as Toyota's reserve driver in its LMP1 programme.

He had lost his Toyota race seat for the 2018/19 season to make way for Fernando Alonso, but Davidson remains on Toyota's books and his contract expires at the end of the year.

"I am really looking forward to heading into a full World Endurance Championship season with Jota - together with Roberto and Pastor as my team-mates," said Davidson.

"We have enjoyed success together as car crew and hopefully this new partnership will see us fighting for more race wins and the Championship in LMP2."

Maldonado made his sportscar bow with DragonSpeed last year and added: "It feels super-nice to have our programme already fixed in for the 2019/20 WEC season.

"I think this will be a great combination between us all after our season together at DragonSpeed which is coming to a close next month at Le Mans.

"The Jota squad are well-known up and down the paddock for being a very professional and successful team so I cannot wait to go racing with them."

Jota, which currently operates the two-car Jackie Chan DC Racing programme in the WEC, is expected to run a second ORECA again in 2019/20 and potentially with an all-Asian line-up.

Ho-Pin Tung lies second in the current LMP2 points alongside Gabriel Aubry and Stephane Richelmi in the squad's lead entry and he is likely to stay on board for the new campaign.

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