Michael Krumm says he's delighted to be back at Le Mans competing for Nissan and calls the opportunity to develop the new LMP1 car a huge honour.

The German driver raced for the Japanese manufacturer when it contested the premier endurance class in the 1990s, notching up a 5th place finish in the Nissan R390 GT1 in 1998.

The 45-year-old has spent the past three seasons competing in the Japanese Super GT series in a Nissan GT-R and is thrilled to be back at Le Mans.

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"I've raced for Nissan NISMO for 16 years now and I was part of the team in the top class at Le Mans in 1998 and 1999 and they were very enjoyable early years with Nissan," Krumm said. "To now have the opportunity to come back to complete our unfinished business means a lot. To help develop a new car and be part of the race squad is a big honour for me."

Krumm admits he did need some convincing to join the ambitious Nissan project, using a front-wheel drive LMP1 car, but says he is fully committed to the cause and hopes the Nissan NISMO GT-R LM machine can use some unique advantages over its rivals.

"I thought the team was mad until I saw the simulations and had it all explained to me by Ben Bowlby and Ricardo Divila," he explained. "From that moment I was extremely excited about the concept. The most impressive thing to me was how good the traction was in a straight line and aerodynamics - the car is very low drag so it just goes and goes and goes.

"We're going to be quicker and slower than other cars at different parts of the circuit so it's going to be interesting. I think the FWD will show some serious advantages if it is wet at Le Mans."