Nicolas Lapierre is anticipating a tough battle in the LMP2 category as he prepares to make his debut for KCMG, stepping in for Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy at Spa and Le Mans.

The French driver, who competed with the World Endurance Championship-winning Toyota last year, has run a series of pre-season tests and at the Prologue for the Hong Kong team and is set for his maiden race at the 6 Hours of Spa this weekend.

Lapierre is stepping in for Tandy, who will step up to compete for Porsche in LMP1 at Spa and Le Mans, before returning to KCMG for the remainder of the season.

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The 31-year-old hopes to make the most of his opportunity and feels the team has learnt a lot in the three weeks between the season opener at Silverstone which gives them the potential to challenge for the class victory.

"I very much enjoyed driving the car at Paul Ricard, so I look forward to be back in and to race at Spa," Lapierre said. "It will be a tough fight, but the team has learned a lot from Silverstone. The car is still very new but I'm sure it has the potential to perform. More than anything, it's good to be back."

The LMP2 squad will line up at Spa with its number 47 Nissan-powered ORECA 05 and after finishing fourth in class at Silvestone, ninth in the overall classification, Richard Bradley is feeling optimistic about the teams' chances of a return to the podium.

"I'm very much looking forward to going back to Spa. We had a good time there last year, where we secured pole position and finished on the podium," Bradley said. "I look forward to racing there again and to give it our all this year. It was good to get the experience from Silverstone and I'm sure we can build on that. With the ORECA 05, I believe that we can deliver a very competitive performance at Spa."

KCMG's team manager Erich Kolb echoed his driver's sentiments and is targeting to match or improve the team's second place in LMP2 in 2014.

"We have been working hard since the Silverstone round, making sure that we are well prepared for this event," Kolb said. "The team is also happy to have Nico join Richard and Matt and with this strong line-up, the team is keen to challenge for top results."