Murphy Prototypes’ Karun Chandhok gets ready for 2014 Le Mans 24 hours
Karun Chandhok confirms his return to Le Mans 24 hours race for the 3rd time. He was the first Indian to drive at Le Mans 24 hours in 2012 and returns to the La Sarthe circuit in North of France on June 14-15 with Murphy Prototypes to race the LMP2 Nissan V8-powered Oreca 03. In 2013, the team faced an electrical issue that dropped them to second last place in the LMP2 category to finish in 6th position.
Chandhok is supported by JK Tyre and Tag Heuer. He said, “I am very excited to head back to Le Mans for a third time. Itâ€™s such a hard event to do with over 5000 kilometers of racing through the night but the satisfaction of doing well there in front of such a huge crowd is tremendous. Sportscar racing is clearly on the rise with more manufacturers entering Le Mans than any other championship in the World. There are a lot of guys who raced in F1 like me coming over to Sportscar racing like Mark Webber, Bruno Senna, Giancarlo Fisichella, Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson. It will be good to return to Le Mans with the Irish team Murphy Prototypes as we raced together last year and were very competitive but unlucky. We know what we have to do to get the maximum from the car, but we need a bit of luck as well, and hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with us!”
Team owner Greg Murphy said, “Murphy Prototypes are absolutely delighted to have Karun back with us again this year. It is a huge compliment to the team that a driver of Karun’s experience and background has decided to drive for us again at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race. Karun brings speed, consistency and unbelievable professionalism. He doesn’t have an ego which is really critical when you have to share a car with two other drivers and be a real team player.”
Chandhok will participate in next weekend’s Silverstone race as part of the European Le Mans Series. He said, “It will be great to get back to racing at Silverstone next weekend. It is the ideal way to prepare for our 2014 Le Mans assault. The team have been doing a great job over the winter and I will look forward to working with them closely again.”
He added, “Thank my long term supporters JK Tyre, with whom I am entering into my 15th year of association as well as Tag Heuer. I would also like to welcome Sidvin and the AVT group who have leant their support to the Le Mans campaign.”