Former F1 racer and current BBC commentator Martin Brundle is to return to racing after being named as part of the United Autosports line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month.

Brundle, who won the race back in 1988, will join forces with fellow ex-F1 man Mark Blundell and American pair Zak Brown and Mark Patterson for the race at the wheel of a Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype entered by the team in partnership with Michael Shank Racing.

All four drivers will take part in the 'Roar Before the Rolex 24' test at Daytona International Speedway in early January.

"I've raced at the Daytona International Speedway on just two occasions and have been fortunate to win [1988] and finish second [1990] in the 24 Hours," Brundle said. "From what I remember about those two races, they were physically the hardest ones of my career. I'm very much looking forward to returning to the Speedway and will no doubt see many old friends to exchange tall stories with.

"Mark [Blundell] and I were team-mates in Formula One at Brabham and Ligier but we've never actually shared a racecar together. We've been close friends since the first time we met on the pit wall at Montreal in 1990 while I've known Zak [Brown] through the business of F1 for a number of years and greatly admire his determination and sheer energy. So when the opportunity arose to race at Daytona with these guys, it was an easy decision.

"In recent years I've been closely following my son Alex's motor racing career but I've been aching to race again. Now that I've cleared my diary of several other obligations, Zak's invitation to do Daytona was perfectly timed. My last race in North America was an IMSA race when I finished fourth at Del Mar [October, 1991]. Until the official test at Daytona early next month I won't have driven a Daytona Prototype."

United Autosports enjoyed a successful debut season of racing with a GT3 Audi R8 LMS in 2010 and competed in races in FIA GT3 and British GT alongside other one-off events such as the Spa 24 Hours and the Macau GT race.

The Rolex 24 is the opening round of the Grand Am Rolex Series season.



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