Andrea Piccini has cemented his place as part of the official Lister team which will contest next year's inaugural Le Mans Endurance Series, as well as lining up in the Storm prototype for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Piccini completed his first test aboard the Lister Storm LMP on 28 November, and was sufficiently impressed to press on with negotiations for one of the available seats in the line-up for the four-race LMES series and the 24 Hours. The LMES, having kicked off' with the Le Mans 1000km late this year, will run in earnest in 2004, taking in the historic 1000km events at Silverstone, Monza, Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring.

"Lister and I have mutual respect and esteem for each other, and this is shown by the confirmation of this deal," Piccini said, "I must admit that I am really satisfied.

"The car has already proved to be fast in the last Le Mans 1000km, where it was third on the starting grid and, moreover, Lister is concentrating on the car and the engine with the objective of making it the more powerful, reliable and safe - aspects that are crucial in long races."

The Italian contested the entire 2003 FIA GT Championship at the wheel of a 'works' Lister Storm, and is hopeful of adding to his sportscar programme with a return to the 'tin-top' series.

"We are working on participating in the FIA GT Championship," he confirmed, "Our intention is to start up a winning programme so that we can be leaders in the touring category as well.

"Nothing's official yet, but it would be great to race in the LMES, the 24 Hours and the FIA GT! But what we need to work on now is on becoming leaders."

No other drivers have yet been confirmed for the LMES programme, with Lister stalwart Jamie Campbell-Walter understood to be chasing an ALMS ride with the factory Corvette Racing team.



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