Brundle handed chance to go for another title
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Alex Brundle, the reigning European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion, will be hoping to add a second title to his résumé this year after being signed up as a lead driver for the Jackie Chan DC Racing squad.
'It's fantastic to be joining Jackie Chan DC Racing for a full season in the World Endurance Championship,' enthused a delighted Brundle.
'I fought hard for the seat over the winter so it's great to see it come to fruition.'
The King's Lynn racer led the three-man United Autosport ELMS LMP3 number two car to a dominant championship last year, with the squad wrapping up the title with a race to spare, such was their supremacy.
Brundle, son of former Formula One driver and current Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle, also contested a part season in the FIA WEC LMP2 category with the Jota Sport run G-Drive team. The campaign ended with a hat-trick of victories, the local racer playing an integral part. With G-Drive moving their operation to another squad it left the way open for the two-car team of Jackie Chan DC Racing to line-up with Jota Sport.
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All of the teams contesting the FIA WEC LMP2 category this year will be using the same Oreca 07s sports prototype, giving no squad an advantage over another, with the drivers and race strategy as the deciding factors.
Brundle will lead the #37 car, with Team Principal David Cheng and Frenchman Tristan Gommendy completing a strong line-up for the Chinese team.
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Keeping an eastern regional theme in the squad is Newmarket's Oliver Jarvis, the former Audi LMP1 driver and now Bentley Continental GT3 racer, who will be the lead driver in the #38 car joined by Ho Pin Tung and the young French racer Thomas Laurent.
'With fellow East of England man Olli Jarvis across the garage the area is well represented and we'll be pushing hard together for good results,' said Brundle following the announcement of the full driver line-up.
The FIA WEC Championship starts off with a six hour race at Silverstone in early April followed by Spa Francorchamps before the blue-ribband event of endurance racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which Brundle would dearly love to add to his CV.