Fernando Alonso has been bestowed the honour of waving the official starter’s flag at next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The event’s organisers, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, has invited the two-time formula 1 World Champion as “a leading representative of Ferrari”, which will field a number of 458 Italia GT racers in the GTE-Am and GTE-Pro classes.

“I am very happy to have been chosen to start this race, because it is one of a handful of races that has defined the history of motor sport,” Alonso wrote of the news on Ferrari’s official website.

Alonso will have his first proper opportunity since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix to catch up with long-time friend and former on-track rival Mark Webber, who will make his comeback to the iconic La Sarthe race with Porsche, which is making its LMP1 class comeback against the Audi and Toyota stables.

“It will be nice to see Mark, who is a great friend of mine. We miss him in Formula 1 and I want to know how he’s getting on in Endurance racing.”

Alonso won’t be the only high-profile guest at the event; former World Endurance Championship winner Allan McNish has been named as the event’s Grand Marshal.

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