Sebastien Loeb is to return to Le Mans to take part in the test day for the annual event, although the Frenchman isn't set to actually race in the round the clock classic.

Loeb, who finished second in the Le Mans 24 Hours with Pescarolo back in 2006, has formed his own sportscar team for this season, with Sebastien Loeb Racing competing in the European Le Mans Series.

While the team won't race at Le Mans, it is able to take part in the test day, with Loeb set to be at the wheel of the LMP2 class ORECA-Nissan machine.

Who will join Loeb for the team remains to be seen, with regular drivers Stephane Sarrazin and Nicolas Minassian having deals with other outfits for the race.

"I'm twice as excited to return to Le Mans," Loeb said. "Firstly as a driver. With its history and unique characteristics, the track is magic. Then as team boss. To see the team running a prototype on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, only a few months after its creation, will be a special moment! Those first steps [when the season started at Paul Ricard] were very interesting.

"The members of the team worked really hard and were up to the task. On a personal side, I discovered a new role and new emotions. To see other drivers at the wheel is new for me. That gave me the desire to get back behind the wheel of the ORECA 03 and my schedule allows me to be at the test day. I can't wait to drive a prototype on that fabulous track, like I did a few years ago."


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