Colin McRae has admitted that he is still pursuing a ride in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours - but insists that he will not compromise on standards just to do the race.

According to the UK's Guardian newspaper, the Scot is determined to do well in the race, and continues to negotiate with Frenchman Frederic Dor about a place in his Care Racing Ferrari line-up. The team has close links with the Prodrive organisation, which McRae drove for in the World Rally Championship, having run 550 Maranellos prepared by the Banbury concern last season.

Although the Ferrari is not expected to challenge for overall honours - that privilege rests with the various prototype entries - the 35-year old McRae knows that it could be capable of taking the GTS class, while providing him with experience of the marathon event.

"It's a race I'd like to do and gain a bit of experience in that field," he said, having only just returned from a different kind of marathon on the Dakar Rally, "If I'm going to try these things, I want to try at the right level. I don't want to go in with a second-rate team and a car that can't win its class."



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