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Dunlop Le Mans

Chandhok Joins Murphy’s Men For Le Mans

Murphy Prototypes has announced ex F1, and JRM Racing LMP1 driver Karun Chandhok will join Brendon Hartley and Mark Patterson to race for the Irish team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Chandhok said: “I am really excited to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours as racing there last year was one of the highlights of my career. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a great race to finish second in the privateers class and sixth overall.”

It all adds up to a strong proposition for both Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series which the team will contest with Hartley and Patterson at the wheel.

Team owner Greg Murphy said: “We’re looking to win every race that we compete in this year and, having lead Le Mans for five hours last year, we very much feel that’s unfinished business for us.

“With these three, our line-up is good enough to win. Karun brings an awful lot to the table. He’s a very professional driver with Formula One experience and very quick. So we have a very good blend between the three of them.”

“Brendon is electrically fast over one lap and he’s learned a lot about sportscar racing. He knows when to push and when to hold back and it was important for us to have him as our anchorman.

“Mark has lots of experience, he’s a quick driver and a safe pair of hands.”

The first race Murphy Prototypes will contest will be the European Le Mans Series round at Silverstone from April 13-15.

Karun Chandhok:

“Greg and I were very keen to work together and I'm glad it's worked out. He is a straight-talking Irishman and seems very motivated to reach the top step of the podium. I know Brendon from our time together on the Red Bull Junior Team. He's obviously very quick but also a great guy which will make the weekend a lot of fun. The team had a strong run until some reliability issues last year and they'll give me a great chance to try and become the first Indian to get on the podium at Le Mans."

Brendon Hartley:

“Preparations have been really good, it’s an exciting time and everyone’s in good spirits heading up to Silverstone. We’re going to be a team that everyone is looking out for and while winning Le Mans is the ultimate goal, even being on the podium would be a massive achievement for us. To have two top team-mates as well, we’re really going to have a good shot this year.”

Mark Patterson:

“I’ve got experience in LMP2 and raced 90% of the American circuits, but never done Le Mans. I heard Greg wanted a quick, older driver and I stepped up and filled the void. It’s a fantastic team: Brendon and I got along famously right from the word go, I’ve learned a lot from him plus it turns out a couple of the mechanics are guys I have worked with before.”