Herbert and Blundell set to race Golf in Nurburgring 24 Hours

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British former F1 drivers Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell have announced they are set to race a Volkswagen Golf at the Nurburgring 24-hour race on 25 June.

VW will field three of its Golf24 racers as well as two Scirocco cars at the event, which coincides with the 35th anniversary of the GTI.

The Nurburgring endurance race is one of the wackier on the calendar, with the 15-mile circuit allowing up to 200 entries, recently including a Toyota Auris, Ford Mondeo and even in 2000 a VW Caravelle which finished 23 laps down.

Johnny Herbert said: "The 24-hour race on the Nordschleife is a big thing. I'm very much looking forward to it. I clinched my last Formula 1 victory on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring in 1999, so I always like coming back to the track."

Herbert and Blundell will share driving duties with DTM driver Edoardo Mortara and endurance racer Franck Mailleux in the 235 car.

The Golf24 is powered by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine mated to a four-wheel drive powertrain and produces 334bhp and 398lb ft of torque.