Johnny Herbert will make his debut in the Total 24 Hours of Spa this summer when the three-time F1 race winner competes in a United Autosports Audi R8 LMS sports car for the first time.

The Englishman joins previously announced fellow former Le Mans 24 Hour race winners and GP drivers Mark Blundell and Stefan Johansson plus Indy 500 race victor Eddie Cheever in the Anglo-American team's bid for glory in the Belgian 'classic'. Having had his last 24 hour race was in Dubai two years ago, Herbert has already sampled the GT3 class Audi at Snetterton earlier this month.

"To get the opportunity to do a 24 hour race again is wonderful and especially as it's at Spa which has always been one of my favourite race tracks," Herbert said.

"I've never competed in the Spa 24 Hours so I'm really looking forward to that aspect as well as competing for United Autosports for the first time and reacquainting myself with Audi.

"I raced an Audi sports-prototype for a number of years. I attended last year's race for TV and it was good to see my old F1 buddies Mark, Stefan and Eddie all driving again. They did brilliantly well and it's an absolute privilege for me now to be involved and joining up with these guys.

"On my first test for United Autosports at Snetterton, I sampled the team's Audi R8 LMS for the very first time and it was just like driving and sitting in my favourite armchair - so smooth and easy to drive and with such nice power delivery. I am very much looking forward to Spa."

Herbert will be joined by Matt Bell, Richard Meins and Henri Richard in United Autosports' 12-driver, three-car Spa squad. They are all scheduled to run at the Belgian track later this month.

Meanwhile, the identity of the twelfth and final driver, which Zak Brown, chairman and co-owner of United Autosports, promises will be another 'legend', plus car combinations, will all be finalised early next month.

This year's Spa event will mark United Autosports third 24 hour race following on from the team's magnificent fourth place finish in the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona back in January with Blundell, Brown, Mark Patterson and BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle.

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