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Chandhok Joins Seyffarth Racing For FIA GT Series

Karun Chandhok is to race in the FIA GT Series after a last minute deal to join Seyffarth Racing.

The former Formula One  and JRM Racing LMP1 driver will be joined in the AMG Mercedes SLS GT3 car by Jan Seyffarth starting from round one next weekend at Nogaro.

Karun Chandhok:

"I am very happy to have secured a last minute deal to drive in the FIA GT Series. I tested the car last week and it seems fun to drive but we will never know our true pace till the first race. I would like to thank Stephane Ratel (Series Promoter) and RĂ¼diger Seyffarth (Team Principal) for making this happen on such short notice."

Chandhok also confirmed that he is close to securing a drive for the prestigious Le Mans 24hrs, where he finished in a brilliant 6th position last year. Chandhok raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) last year with JRM and was poised to continue with the team when they had to pull out due to financial reasons.

He added, "I really enjoyed last year with JRM in WEC and finishing 6th at Le Mans was easily one of the highlights of my racing career, along with racing at Monaco and winning the GP2 race in Spa. I am close to signing with an LMP2 team for the Le Mans 24hrs and can't wait to go race again over there. However for now my focus will be on the FIA GT Series. I would like to personally thank JK Tyre and Tag Heuer, who continue to strongly support me."

Stephane Ratel:

"We are thrilled to have Karun Chandhok on the grid for the newly formed FIA GT Series. I have spoken to Karun extensively on the series and he is excited to be a part of this championship. As a former Formula One and Le Mans driver, he has a wealth of experience and strong credibility which will be a welcome addition to the series for us. We expect this season to be very competitive so we would like to wish him all the best for the year ahead."