Too-tall Swiss racer Joel Camathias will take part in the first race of this season's inaugural Le Mans Endurance Series, after landing a ride with the Italian Autorlando team at Monza this weekend.

Team boss Orlando Redolfi confirmed that he had selected the former Champ Car hopeful to share the wheel of Autorlando's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the 1000km race, which kicks off the four-event LMES schedule.

"We are very please to have Joel in our squad," Redolfi commented, "He's a very talented and professional driver - he just needs to have good people around him and he's
able to do his job."

Camathias had been hoping to return to single-seater competition this season but, after failing to find a competitive Champ Car seat and then failing to fit comfortably into a Formula Nissan car, turned his attention to other disciplines top keep his hand in. He will share the Autorlando car with Italian drivers Gianpaolo Tenchini and Franco Groppi.

"I've known the team for a long time, and they always did a great job whatever they did," the 23-year old said of his new 'home', "The competition will be not easy and it is
a long race, but our car will be ready and my team-mates are strong."



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