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Martin and Alex Brundle to team up for Le Mans bid

Ex-F1 driver and chief BBC commentator Martin Brundle will join forces with son Alex at next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans

Brundle, 52, and son Alex, 21, will pilot the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport LMP2 prototype, which won its class and finished eighth overall in this year's instalment of the legendary race.

Brundle senior spearheaded Nissan's official works entry for Le Mans in 1997 in the R390 GT1. He has savoured victory at Le Mans previously, notably winning in the Silk Cut Jaguar in 1990.

He said the prospect of sharing with Alex would make one of the world's greatest races even more special.

"This is an unexpected pleasure, heightened by the fact I will be team-mates with my son," Martin said.

"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."

Alex, who finished as top Briton in this year's Formula 2 championship, said he planned to dovetail his Le Mans bid with single seater activities in 2012.

"I loved driving the Le Mans circuit at this year's official test day and a chance to compete in the full Le Mans Series, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours, along with my single-seater activities in 2012 is brilliant for my career," Alex explained.

"At Le Mans, my father has been on pole position, led many times and been part of the winning team; this can fast-track my learning process.

"My thanks go to Nissan and Greaves Motorsport for creating this important opportunity, which I will seize and maximise."

The Brundles have shared driving duties before, particularly in Radical sportscars where they have tasted victory.

They follow in the footsteps of a small number of father and son combinations to have competed at Le Mans, a list which includes Mario and Michael Andretti and an ill-fated bid from Nigel Mansell and sons Leo and Greg.

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