Martin Brundle and son to race at Le Mans 2012

Martin Brundle
Former Le Mans winner Martin Brundle will return to the 24 Hours in 2012 for the first time in more than a decade when he teams up with his son, Alex.

The racing driver and Formula 1 commentator, who competed at the endurance race in 1997 for Nissan with the R390 GT1 after his move away from F1, will pilot a Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport LMP2 Prototype to defend the team's current Le Mans Series crown.

Brundle junior is the leading British driver in the current Formula Two Championship and is seventh in the standings overall this year.

It will be his first appearance at Le Mans, and the pair will be among only a handful of father-son drivers who have competed at the famous event, including Mario and Michael Andretti and Nigel Mansell with sons Leo and Greg.

Martin Brundle, 52, said: "This is an unexpected pleasure, heightened by the fact I will be team-mates with my son. I'm eagerly anticipating a very special feeling when handing the car over to Alex during one of the world's greatest motor races. Class victory in front of the fanatical Le Mans spectators is the goal."

Although he hasn't competed at Le Mans since 2001, Brundle has recent experience of endurance racing. He was part of the United Autosports team that just missed out on a podium place at this year's Rolex 24 of Daytona, 23 years after he won the event. In an interview with Autoblog after that race, the 52-year-old expressed an interest in racing again.