Christian Klien says his KCMG squad will prepare as best as it possibly can for the Le Mans 24 Hour despite not having a starting slot guaranteed for next month's race.

The LMP2 squad is the first reserve entry for Le Mans, meaning if any car on the current entry list drops out KCMG will take its place. The Hong Kong-based team is also gearing up for the official Le Mans test day this Sunday (31 May).

The former F1 driver, who drove for Jaguar, Red Bull and Hispania, has competed in the prestigious 24 hour race four times in the past, notching up a best result of third place in the LMP1 class with the factory Peugeot squad in 2008.

The Austrian, who finished sixth in the LMP2 category last year with Swiss team Morand Racing, has spent this season competing for Team ByKolles in LMP1 in the World Endurance Championship and has a wealth of experience in endurance racing.

"I'm very happy to be part of KCMG for the Le Mans 24 Hours this year," Klien said. "Obviously, we are the first team on the reserve list, which still means we have to wait and see if we get the starting slot for the race. Nevertheless, we will prepare as best as possible and will also take part of the official test."

The experienced 32-year-old says he hopes he can share his knowledge of Le Mans with his co-drivers Tomonobu Fujii and Satoshi Hoshino, who are both making their respective debuts at the event this year, and guide the team to a strong result in just its third year of competition at the Blue Riband event.

"I will try to support and help them as much as possible with my experience on the test day to be ready for the big race," he added. "I think we will have a competitive car with the ORECA 03 - JUDD as it has shown that it's fast and more importantly reliable for such a long race."



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