Yamashita completes High Class Racing WEC line-up
Kenta Yamashita has been confirmed as the third and final driver for High Class Racing's entry into the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Yamashita's involvement with the Danish outfit was more or less confirmed earlier in the week when his initials appeared on the team's livery renders for its new LMP2 challenger. The Japanese driver joins team regular Anders Fjordbach and South African veteran Mark Patterson in the team's #33 ORECA 07-Gibson.
European fans might not be too familiar with the 23-year-old, but Yamashita has built up an impressive resume in his native Japan. He won the Japanese Formula 3 title in 2016 before graduating to Super Formula the following year. He helped Kondo Racing to Super Formula title success one year later.
Aside from single seaters, the Chiba native has also been active in Japanese Super GT, driving for Lexus and currently holding the points lead in GT500 after a victory in Thailand in the previous round of the championship. Yamashita is also affiliated with Toyota, making him the third Toyota driver to join series after LMP1 stars Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima.
“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.”
High Class Racing debuted in the European Le Mans Series in 2017 with a Dallara P217-Gibson before making a switch to ORECA machinery. It recently competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Fjordbach, Dennis Andersen and Mathias Beche.