Richard Bradley to make Le Mans debut as part of KCMG WEC assault
|By Gary Watkins||Tuesday, February 25th 2014, 12:41 GMT|
Briton Richard Bradley will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2014 with the Chinese KCMG squad as part of a full attack on the World Endurance Championship.
The 22-year-old Briton has been signed up to drive KCMG's new ORECA-Nissan 03 after contesting the Fuji WEC round and one Asian Le Mans Series event with the team last year.
He joins fellow Brit Matt Howson, who contested the Le Mans and Silverstone WEC races with the team in 2013, as the two confirmed KCMG drivers so far.
Bradley, who raced for KCMG in Super Formula in Japan last year, said: "I probably could have stayed in Japan, but it has always been my dream to win Le Mans.
"To get the opportunity to do Le Mans and try to win a world championship at the age of 22 was too good to turn down."
Bradley explained that he was not closing the door on racing in Japan or single-seaters.
"If you look at some of the names racing in Super GT or Super Formula who are racing in the WEC, the door is definitely not closed.
"The hope is that I will end up dovetailing a WEC programme with Super GT or Super Formula."
Bradley, who also contested a second Asian LMS event with the Craft team last year, tested the KCMG ORECA alongside Howson for the first time during a Dunlop tyre test at the Aragon circuit in Spain last week.
The team has now opted to run on Dunlops after fielding its Morgan-Nissan LMP2 on Michelin tyres in the WEC and in Asia last year.