Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg says he cannot wait to make his much anticipated World Endurance Championship debut at the Spa 6 Hours in preparation for his Le Mans 24 Hours appearance in June.

The German will join Porsche prot?g?s Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy in driving a third 919 Hybrid around the Belgian venue in a move intended to give him useful mileage before becoming the first full-time F1 driver since Sebastien Bourdais to mount a simultaneous Le Mans 24 Hours bid.

His first time competing in premier sportscar competition, Hulkenberg is looking forward to making his debut around a circuit that is expected to suit the rapid 919 Hybrid with its superior top speed.

"I am totally excited about what the coming weeks and the Spa weekend will bring," he said. "Of course I know the Grand Prix circuit pretty well and have raced there many times. But endurance racing is completely new to me and I'm really thrilled about seeing how everything will develop.

"I approach these challenges with an open mind, I want to have my experiences and, of course, I want to do a good job for Porsche and for myself. Being a high-speed track with long straights, Spa should suit our 919 Hybrid.

"To begin with it would be nice to have dry conditions, but in the Ardennes you never know and have to be prepared for everything."

Hulkenberg, who made his F1 debut in 2010, is currently 10th in the F1 standings after scoring in the first race of the season in Australia.



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