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Bouchut to race in new LMPC class

Christophe BouchutFormer Le Mans and Daytona 24 Hours winner Christophe Bouchut will contest the American Le Mans Series' new LMP Challenge class this year.

The 43-year-old Frenchman will join the series with the Level 5 team he has recently driven for in Grand-Am, sharing the car with owner/driver Scott Tucker.

The new-for-2010 LMPC class uses the ORECA chassis that Le Mans Series support category Formula Le Mans is based around. Tucker already has experience of the car from racing in the FLM winter series last year.

"The aims of this season are to be as competitive as we can," said Bouchut, whose career achievements also include GT titles in France, the LMS and the FIA series. "With Scott, we make a very homogenous and solid team, which will be a vital factor."

Level 5 is the sixth squad to commit to LMPC. Among its rivals will be the Green Earth Team Gunnar outfit of former Panoz works driver Gunnar Jeanette, whose team-mates include sometime Formula 3000 racer Elton Julian.

Five of the LMPC cars will be out at the pre-season test at Sebring on 22-23 February.

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