Barrichello set to contest Le Mans 24 Hours

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Former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello is set to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours for the newly-formed Racing Team Nederland in 2017.

Barrichello, an 11-time F1 race winner, has been driving in the Brazilian Stock Car championship since 2012 and has contested the 24 Hours of Daytona for the past three years, coming second in January.

The 44-year-old is now expected to team up with 1988 Le Mans winner Jan Lammers and Fritz van Eerd for the event at La Sarthe.

"It's a tremendous opportunity to do this with Rubens, really special," Lammers told Motorsport.com.

"We were looking at who would be available and who would be interested. I've known Rubens since I was 16, when he came to Europe. I contacted him and this is the result.

"We are regularly testing at Magny-Cours... but that was more informal and we took part in pro-am races.

"Now we will be competing in the ELMS [European Le Mans Series] and the competition is from a higher level."