Karun Chandhok has confirmed that he will be participating in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, following a deal signed with LMP2 Team Murphy Prototypes. Last year, he became the first Indian to compete in Le Mans 24 Hours and this year round Piloting the number 48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca-Nissan will be Karun Chandhok, Mark Patterson and Brendon Hartley in June 2013. This is not the first time that Chandhok and Hartley have worked together, as they partnered each other as test drivers at the Red Bull Racing F1 Team.
Chandhok is being sponsored by JK Tyre and Tag Heuer and will be seen racing for FIA GT Series as well this season. Chandhok is highly excited at making a comeback to the 24 Hours circuit. He enjoyed the experience last year round when he finished second in privateers class and sixth overall.
Team owner Greg Murphy and Chandhok have also worked together previously. Chandhok with Team Lotus and HRT and Hartley with Red Bull Racing and Mercedes F1 have sound track records both in F1 and Le Mans while Patterson is well versed with participating in endurance races across the globe.
Chandhok could not hide his delight at being back at the Le Mans 24 hours and commented, “I am really excited to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours as racing there last year was one of the highlights of my career. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a great race to finish second in the privateers class and sixth overall. I’m really glad to be back in a prototype for the biggest endurance race in the world. While I’ve enjoyed my first steps into GT World, racing high downforce cars are what I know and love.”
He added, “Greg and I were very keen to work together and I’m glad it’s worked out. He is a straight-talking Irishman and seems very motivated to reach the top step of the podium. I know Brendon from our time together on the Red Bull Junior Team. He’s obviously very quick but also a great guy which will make the weekend a lot of fun. The team had a strong run until some reliability issues last year and they’ll give me a great chance to try and become the first Indian to get on the podium at Le Mans. I would once again like to thank JK Tyre and Tag Heuer for their continued support.”