Andy Meyrick has revealed that he will make his return to competitive action during the 2009 season in new surroundings after inking a deal to join the new Audi sportscar team headed by Colin Kolles.

The 23-year-old Briton saw his British F3 International Series campaign come to an early end last season when he fell, ill having dominated the National Class during the first half of the year.

It forced Meyrick to the sidelines for the remainder of the campaign but now he will pilot one of the Kolles-entered Audi R10 TDis in the five-round Le Mans Series and could also compete at Le Mans with the team having secured two entries for the La Sarthe classic.

He becomes the second driver to sign up for the programme after fellow single-seater driver Christian Bakkerud.

"I'm really excited to be racing in LMS this season," he said. "We had various options available to us for the 2009 season, including a possible drive in British F3, but the chance to race in LMS was too good to turn down.

"The opportunity to work with a team of this level and to be able to work so closely with a manufacturer such as Audi is a great opportunity. It's going to be a steep learning curve at first, but testing has gone well and I'm feeling confident about the season ahead."

Team boss Kolles was also pleased with the signing of the British driver.

"Andy dominated the F3 National Class, until his title charge was restrained by illness," he said. "The important thing is that he has now recovered from that virus and that he joins us healthy and determined to win. Andy is a fighter and I'm sure he will show potential in sportscars. We're very happy that he'll be joining us for 2009."