Martin Brundle admits that he never expected to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours as the former F1 racer prepares for the French classic this weekend.

Brundle, who won the race in 1990 with Jaguar, will be returning to the race for the first time since 2001 after agreeing a deal to race an LMP2 Zytek-Nissan for the Greaves Motorsport team.

Brundle will be joined at the wheel by son Alex and rising star Lucas Ordonez, with the trio seeking to help Greaves defend the LMP2 crown it won last season at La Sarthe.

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"I didn't expect to be coming back here as a driver to be honest," Brundle told the official Le Mans website. "It came about after Alex and I had done some Radical races together and been very successful in them. It all just went on from there. The whole plan to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans came together perfectly and we happened to meet all the right people at the right time.

"Le Mans hasn't changed a great deal to be honest since I was here with Bentley which is a good thing. It's all got the same feel and the track is fundamentally the same as I remembered with just a few different run off areas. So far the experience is good."

Brundle is one of a large number of ex-F1 men in the field, including Anthony Davidson, Allan McNish, Stefano Johansson, Giancarlo Fisichella and Sebastien Buemi.