Allan McNish will bid for a third career Le Mans 24 Hour race victory in June when the Flying Scotsman races an Audi in search of the German manufacturer's ninth triumph in the annual French sportscar endurance race.

McNish will drive the latest diesel-engined Audi R15 TDI sports-prototype in the twice-around-the-clock encounter on 12-13 June.

McNish, who became the first Briton to win the legendary Le Mans race in a diesel-powered sportscar in 2008, will team up with record eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello for a fifth consecutive year in one of three Audi Sport Team Joest entries.

"Winning the Le Mans 24 Hours is Audi's main objective this year," confirmed Monaco-based McNish. "Audi has finished on the winner's rostrum every year since making its Le Mans debut in 1999 but having won eight times, last year's third place which Tom, Dindo and I achieved was an under par performance.

"Audi and I have the same desire to go back to France this year and win but it will be a difficult challenge against Peugeot and Aston Martin.

"We'll need to be at our top level but with Tom and Dindo in my car, plus our team-mates in the in the other two Audis, I know that we have the best driver line-up, team personnel in the pits and car in the form of the latest specification Audi R15 TDI to do the job."