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Jann Mardenborough joins Pickett for Sebring 12 Hours

Jann Mardenborough will join the Muscle Milk Pickett team's prototype line-up for next month's Sebring 12 Hours.

The Briton gets the opportunity to race for the 2012/13 American Le Mans Series LMP1 champion squad in round two of the United SportsCar Championship as part of Nissan's 'driver exchange' programme.

The news comes just days after the Red Bull Formula 1 team announced that it was bringing 2011 Nissan GT Academy winner Mardenborough into its young driver programme and placing him in GP3 with Arden.

Mardenborough tested Pickett's ORECA-Nissan alongside team regulars Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr at Sebring on Wednesday. The race will be his debut in American motorsport.

"I really like sportscars. That is where I started my racing and to now get the opportunity to race at Sebring for the first time is brilliant," said Mardenborough, whose endurance racing highlight so far is third in LMP2 in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours with Greaves Motorsport.

Pickett took fifth place in the USC season-opening Daytona 24 Hours last month, with Alex Brundle alongside Graf and Luhr.

It was the most competitive of the LMP2 runners as Daytona Prototypes dominated the victory battle.

This week's AUTOSPORT magazine - available in shops and online now - includes an exclusive interview with Jann Mardenborough about his 2014 Red Bull deal

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