Manor have signed Alfonso “Picho” Toledano Guerra to compete in his home race at the 6hrs of Mexico in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Beginning his racing career in Karts, becoming 100cc Champion in Mexico in 2004, Picho changed to single-seater racing in 2005. Since 2005 he has raced in many formulas including Formula BMW and Formula 3.
Manor will race one car in Mexico whilst focussing on solving some issues which have robbed the team of podium finishes in recent WEC races. The Team will race Car 44 in Mexico (it’s full WEC Championship car) whilst standing Car 45 down for the race.
It is the first time that WEC have raced in Mexico City. The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit is unique in that part of the circuit is built within a baseball stadium, it is also 2240 metres above sea level so presents different challenges for the team and driver. Mexico City is the first of five flyaway races for the 2016 season.
Alfonso “Picho” Toledano, Driver
“I am extremely happy to be joining Manor for my home race. I've been working on this project for almost one year and I am very excited to have the opportunity to make my WEC debut with Manor, a team that has made a great start to their first season in sports cars. I want to thank Mas Negocio and KIO Networks and Tequila Don Ramon for the unconditional support on this special project.
It will be the biggest challenge in my career so far but with the support of the team, I am confident it will be a positive debut. I'm really looking forward to racing with Manor in my home race and hopefully in more races.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“It’s great to have Picho join the team for his home race. I raced against his father many years ago and it will be really nice to have him driving for Manor. It will be extra special to have a Mexican driver at the first WEC round in Mexico City.
Mexico City delivers a great atmosphere so we are looking forward to racing there.”
Graeme Lowdon, President and Sporting Director
“This is our first year in Endurance Racing and we have already been on the podium in our first few races and taken the LMP2 lap record at Le Mans but we have to recognise that Mexico will only be our fifth sports-car race and we have already lost out on gaining more podium positions this year for various reasons. We need to focus our efforts on this at the next race.
Mexico is a fantastic place to go racing and we really love it there. A number of us in our team were there last year, in Formula 1, and it was a highlight destination with passionate fans who really enjoy their racing. We can’t wait to be there racing in the World Endurance Championship."