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Chandhok rejoins Murphy Prototypes for Le Mans

Karun Chandhok confirms his return to Murphy Prototypes for the Le Mans 24 Hours, co-driving with Nathanael Berthon and Mark Patterson
Karun Chandhok has been confirmed for his fourth consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours race this year after rejoining Murphy Prototypes.

The former Formula 1 racer will co-drive alongside current GP2 competitor Nathanel Berthon and American Mark Patterson in the Irish team's Nissan-powered ORECA 03 LMP2 car. The Indian driver made his Le Mans debut for the JRM team three years ago, finishing sixth in the LMP1 class.

Chandok then switched to the LMP2 class with Murphy Prototypes in 2013, finishing 12th overall (sixth in class) alongside current Porsche LMP1 driver Brendon Hartley and Patterson. Last year was a disappointing return to Le Mans after his Murphy Prototypes car was forced to retire after completing just 73 laps after crashing in bad conditions.

Team owner Greg Murphy is delighted to welcome back Chandhok for his third consecutive Le Mans drive with the Irish team.

"I'm really happy to have Karun back with us again,” Murphy said. “We work well together and we also drive each other mad, but it's because we have an equally strong ambition to succeed at the biggest race in the world.

"Apart from obviously being quick, Karun has proven to be a real team player for the past two years at Le Mans for us and this is the main reason I keep pushing for him to join the team.”

The 31-year-old is set for a hectic few weeks either side of the blue riband endurance event, as he is also racing in the inaugural Formula E championship.

His FE ambitions with Mahindra Racing will see him race in the Moscow ePrix on the 6th June a week ahead of Le Mans on the 13-14th June, before traveling to London for the final round of FE a week later.

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