Ex-Champcar driver and F1 star Mark Blundell will race this year in the Le Mans 24 hours with Rover-owned brand MG.

The 34-year old Briton has spent the past five years in the United States after finding his F1 career at a crossroads but, with the CART scene no longer holding competitive prospects for him, Blundell has switched his attentions back to a European base.

Already in contact with several F1 teams regarding the possibility of a testing contract, the three-time Champcar race winner has also refocused his attentions on sportscar racing, Le Mans - and a possible upset.

"I am very excited," Blundell told Crash.Net, "[MG] is a very interesting project. The (LMP) 675 car may not challenge for the top honours, but it's very compact and has a good weight advantage. I think we could give the big boys a fright."

The Englishman had been rumoured to be close to securing a deal to drive for Bentley, but was beaten to the last seat by ex-Brabham and Ligier team-mate Martin Brundle.

Blundell will be teamed with former F1 driver Julian Bailey and British Touring Car Championship runner-up Anthony Reid, in an all-British assault on La Sarthe, with 'junior' team members Kevin McGarrity, Warren Hughes and Jonny Kane in the second car.

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