Jaxon Evans will make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut this weekend with the Kiwi a late recruitment for the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche GTE team.
Evans contested both the Porsche Supercup and French Porsche Carrera Cup this year, clinching the title in the latter in the final race of the season.
Now, the FIA silver-rated driver will be competing on the world endurance stage after being included on the updated entry list for the 8 Hours of Bahrain.
The Kiwi will join German racer Marco Holzer and Emirati gentleman driver Khaled Al Qubaisi in the No.88 entry – the same car that fellow New Zealander Will Bamber drove in the 4 Hours of Shanghai earlier in the season.
The team currently lie last in the GTE AM standings but have finished in the top-ten in three of the last four races it has entered.
Two of Evans’ Porsche Supercup rivals, Dylan Pereira and Larry ten Voorde, are also slated to contest the Bahrain endurance race.
Evans will be the second Kiwi competing this weekend. At the other end of the scale is Brendon Hartley in the Toyota TS050 LMP1 hybrid.
Hartley and co-drivers Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima are just seven points ahead of the sister Toyota Hybrid in the overall standings.
With the two Toyotas the only entries in the LMP1 class for the weekend, whichever comes out on top will be crowned champions.
Hartley has already claimed two WEC titles, though is yet to seal one with Toyota having first joined the Japanese powerhouse team at the start of the season.
This weekend will also be the last race for the TS050 Hybrid with Toyota set to roll out its new Le Mans Hypercar for the 2021 campaign.
Since its debut in 2016, the TS050 HYBRID has a record of 33 WEC races, 18 wins, 15 pole positions and 14 fastest laps, as well as recording the fastest-ever lap of Le Mans.
The Eight Hours of Bahrain begins at Midnight on Sunday, November 15 NZT and will be broadcast live on Sky Sport.