Karun Chandhok will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours

Former Grand Prix driver Karun Chandhok will have another crack at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after securing a drive with the Murphy Prototypes LMP2 squad for the famous endurance race in June.

The former Hispania Racing and Team Lotus F1 racer finished sixth overall at last year’s race at La Sarthe, sharing a JRM Racing HPD LMP1 entry with David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck (pictured above).

This year, he will pilot the Murphy-run ORECA Nissan 03 with Brendon Hartley and Mark Patterson, who finished in second place in last weekend’s British GT Championship opener at Oulton Park.

Chandhok has set himself some firm targets, including a podium finish in the LMP2 class.

“[The team] was competitive last year and there are some good people in the team. If I could be the first Indian driver on the podium at Le Mans, that would be a big story for me,” he said.

“With this line-up I genuinely expect to be up there challenging in P2 again at Le Mans,” added team owner Greg Murphy (no relation to the V8 Supercars driver of the same name).

“Having led for five hours last year, we very much feel that it is unfinished business for us.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.