Shane van Gisbergen's place in Von Ryan Racing's Spa 24 Hours line-up has been confirmed by team boss Dave Ryan.
The V8 Supercars front-runner will share the team's McLaren MP4-12C with factory driver Rob Bell and a third, yet-to-be-named Pro runner.
Originally from New Zealand, Ryan worked on McLaren's Formula 1 team from 1974 to 2009, operating initially as a mechanic before graduating through the roles of team manager and eventually sporting director.
“I watched Bathurst and saw that Shane did a really good job,” Ryan told Autosport.
“I didn't know much about him, so I spoke to (Ryan's former McLaren colleague) Steve Hallam, who is technical director at Tekno, and I think Shane is going to be really good.”
ALthough not a regular in the Blancpain Endurance Series, Ryan is adamant that his team will do “a proper job” in its one-off appearance at Spa.
Van Gisbergen will head to the July 24-27 event fresh from a test with Tekno Autosports at Queensland Raceway.
As previously reported, Lowndes will miss the test as he has already departed for Europe.