Jonny Kane will celebrate a milestone in his racing career this season when he competes in the famed Le Mans 24 Hours for the tenth time.
Kane will again form part of the Strakka Racing team for the upcoming World Endurance Championship season, sharing the team's HPD ARX-03c with Nick Leventis and Danny Watts.
The 39-year-old made his Le Mans debut back in 2001 with the factory MG team and took his first finish in 2009 – crossing the line second in LMP2 with the Speedy Racing team.
The following season saw Kane take LMP2 victory on his first appearance at La Sarthe with Strakka Racing, with fifth place overall also being his best overall finish to date.
This season will mark Kane's second appearance in the premier LMP1 class and he said he was keen to try and help the British squad to lead the privateer charge against the factory teams from Audi and Toyota.
“Not everyone gets to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours ten times, so I'm really looking forward to reaching that milestone,” he said. “I really enjoy the race, but I've only ever reached the finish three times in my nine previous attempts – although I'm pleased to say two of them have ended on the LMP2 podium. It would be nice to celebrate my tenth Le Mans with another top three finish. Last year's pace showed that we can challenge for top LMP1 Privateer team honours at Le Mans, so that's what we'll be aiming for again this year.
“We have a strong driver line-up and Nick, Danny and I know each other very well. This will be our fourth season together, and whilst drivers in factory teams stay together for a long time, like Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello did at Audi, it's more unusual to have such driver stability in a private team. Knowing each other so well certainly helps in endurance racing, because it's a long and stressful race weekend and you get to know what to say to each other and when to avoid each other! We all get on extremely well at Strakka Racing – not just the drivers, but absolutely everyone in the team.
“With the upgrades to our HPD ARX-03c for 2013, and the experience we gained racing at new circuits last year, we will be very strong in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The aim is to win the Privateers' title, and we'll be looking for a strong start at our home event at Silverstone in April to get our season off to a flying start.”