Ex-Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2017 after a one-year absence, with the British Tockwith Ligier squad.
The Indian driver will return to the Le Mans in the Spa World Endurance Championshipround (May 4-6) with Yorkshire-based Tockwith Motorsports, and will also race in the 24Hours race on June 17/18 for the team. His earlier stint in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race spanned from 2012-15.
In both events this season, Chandhok will share his LMP2(Le Mans prototype 2) class Ligier-Gibson P217 car with fellow Tockwith teammates Nigel Moore and Phil Hanson; Hanson andMoore are racing in this season's European Le Mans Series.
About his return to Le Mans, Chandhok commented "Simon [Moore, the team owner]phoned me and said that they were looking for an experienced driver to come and help out. I was clear that if I was to do Le Mans, I needed to do a race before, and they suggested that instead of me joining them for an ELMS (European Le Mans Series) round, we should do the Spa WEC (World Endurance Championship) round".
While the LMP2 class comprises an 11-strong grid, the additional P2s and a third ToyotaTS050 HYBRID, which is contesting Spa in preparation for Le Mans, bring the WEC entry forSpa to 30 cars.
Issue: 213 | Autocar India: May 2017
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