12 months ago Gaetan Paletou watched the Le Mans 24 Hour race from the comfort of his own home but after winning the GT Academy Europe the Frenchman has been on a whirlwind journey, culminating in an LMP2 drive for Greaves Motorsport.

The 22-year-old is set to make his Le Mans debut next weekend after just 10 months of competitive racing since winning Nissan's GT Academy last August.

The French driver replaces Bjorn Wirdheim in the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport Gibson 015S and will co-drive alongside Gary Hirsch and Jon Lancaster. The drive was made possible after Paletou obtained the relevant racing experience to gain his International B licence.

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"This was completely unexpected and I honestly thought that Darren [Cox, head of Nissan Motorsport] was playing a trick on me, like on one of those TV shows," Paletou said about the moment he found he was competing at Le Mans. "I dreamt of racing at Le Mans as a child but I didn't expect to ever race there.

"I love driving the LMP2 car and I really like the guys at Greaves so this is going to be a great experience for me. It is far too soon to talk about expectations, I just want to go there and do the best job I can."

Paletou began 2015 competing in an all-gamer driving team at the Dubai 24 Hour, notching up fifth in the overall classification and fifth in category before running a full season in Blancpain Endurance Series and the European Le Mans Series.

"We push our graduates hard via our driver development programme, which gets stronger and tougher every year," Cox said. "We have given Gaetan all the backing and the training he needs and he has proved to us that he is ready for Le Mans."

Paletou becomes the sixth driver to progress from gaming to racing at Le Mans after Lucas Ordonez, Jordan Tresson, Jann Mardenborough, Wolfgang Reip and Mark Shulzhitskiy.