Former F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours race winner David Brabham will return to sportscar action for the opening round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship after being called up by the Tequila Patron ESM team.

The Australian, who is currently in the midst of launching his own crowdfund-assisted 'Brabham Project' sportscar project, will step in for Johannes Van Overbeek after he suffered a rib injury in the run up to the WEC opener, the Silverstone 6 Hours.

A veteran of sportscar competition and Le Mans 24 Hours winner with Peugeot in 2009, Brabham will be paired with Ed Brown and Jon Fogarty at Silverstone, marking a return to the ESM squad he has competed with sporadically over the years, most recently in last year's Shanghai 6 Hours.

"It was quite a surprise to get a call this close to the race," said Brabham. "Scott explained the situation, and I feel for Johannes after having my own rib injury a couple of months ago racing in Australia. I know how much pain he is in.

"I'm honored to have been called up to help out Tequila Patr?n ESM here at Silverstone, which isn't that far from where I live. I'll do the best I can this weekend.

"I'm back in racing form since my accident and have been training frequently. I'm looking forward to driving with Ed again, and we'll start the Tequila Patr?n ESM WEC season off on the right foot."

The Silverstone 6 Hours marks ESM's full-time transition to the World Championship, the team entering a pair of brand-new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 machines in this year's series, with Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp and David Heinemeier-Hansson driving.