Herbert to make Spa 24 hours debut in an Audi


Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert is set to make his debut at the Spa 24 Hour race in July racing an Audi R8 LMS car.

46-year-old Herbert is an experience endurance racer - he won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1991 and also has three grand prix wins to his name.

He joins fellow former F1 pilots Mark Blundell, Stefan Johansson and Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever in an all-star line-up at the United Autosports team for the Belgian event.

Herbert has experience racing an R8 prototype – he took eight wins from 34 starts in the European Le Mans Series between 2001 and 2004 - but has plans for a test behind the wheel of this race-prepared supercar at the Spa circuit next week.

Johnny is excited to get back behind the wheel: "To get the opportunity to do a 24 hour race again is wonderful and especially as it's at Spa which has always been one of my favourite race tracks.

"I've never competed in the Spa 24 Hours so I'm really looking forward to that aspect as well as competing for United Autosports for the first time and reacquainting myself with Audi."

The Spa race will mark Herbert's first 24 hour event since taking part in the Dubai 24 Hour race two years ago.