Tom Kimber-Smith will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours this season after a late deal to compete with LMP2 debutants Starkworks Motorsport.

Kimber-Smith, who won the class last season with Greaves Motorsport, will replace Stephane Sarrazin in the Starworks HPD ARX-03b that took an overall podium finish at Sebring after the French driver was called up by Toyota to replace Hiroaki Ishiura [See separate story HERE].

Kimber-Smith joins Enzo Potolicchio and Ryan Dalziel at the wheel of the Starworks car.

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"I am extremely excited to be taking part in Le Mans again this year," he said. "I've known Peter Baron for several years now and he always runs highly professional and successful teams.

"I saw first hand at Sebring this year how good Starworks Motorsport is, when they scored such a great result after only knowing the car for a short amount of time. Enzo and Ryan are great team-mates and I cannot wait to get out there! I must also say a big thank you to Greaves Motorsport - Tim, Jacob Greaves, and also Nissan - who have put me in a position to get this drive after the great 2011 season we had."

Team boss Peter Baron was pleased to bring Kimber-Smith onboard for the race and said he was the ideal candidate to place Sarrazin in the car.

"We had a opportunity to place a driver in the car for Le Mans event," he said. "When we were looking for drivers we put a strong emphasis many criteria. When we factored in, Le Mans results, prototype experience, and professionalism and flexibility plugging into an existing program, Tom was at the top of our list.

"No doubt our goals are to win both Le Mans and the WEC Championship, we feel strongly that Tom is the driver that can help us best."