King’s Lynn born-and-bred driver back behind the wheel

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Alex Brundle – son of Formula One driver Martin – is relishing the opportunity of being back behind the wheel for a major racing team.

Brundle, who grew up with his family in Lynn, and now lives in Greenwich, has joined JOTA Sport, operating this season under G-Drive Racing, for the remainder of their FIA World Endurance Championship campaign.

His first assignment, driving his number 26 ORECA 05-Nissan, will be the Six Hours of Nürburgring next month before completing the remainder of the season in the LMP2 class with the Russian-entered team.

Brundle, who began his car racing career in 2006 by competing in the T Cars championship, said: “I’m delighted to be driving for G-Drive Racing in the final six races of the FIA WEC, especially with the incredibly strong package that the team has put together for this season.

“The Nürburgring event can’t come soon enough and it’s fantastic to be re-joining this global series, representing my long-term sponsors Richard Mille.”

“It will be a real privilege to work with the team, who have proven it to be one of the best endurance outfits worldwide.

“With the massive experience of Rene and the pace of Roman, I think we will make a potent combination, to deliver strong results for the remainder of the season.”

With extensive experience in endurance racing, Brundle is one of the UK’s most accomplished young talents in sportscar competition.

The 25 year-old has carved out an excellent reputation in LMP2 over the last few seasons.

A versatile and talented driver, he finished second in the 2013 FIA WEC LMP2 class and also at that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

A year later, Brundle and his Oak Racing teammates lead most of the LMP2 class at Le Mans but were denied by a late technical problem.

After a brief break from racing in the first half of 2015, Brundle returned with a superb performance at the Six Hours of Shanghai, where he led the LMP2 class in wet conditions.

Sam Hignett, team principal of G-Drive Racing, said: “We are very happy to welcome Alex to the team.

“His attributes as a top endurance performer have been known to the team for some time, and he is clearly one of the UK’s best up-and-coming sportscar drivers.

“We are delighted to have him in the team and believe that he is a major prospect for the future.”

The youngster has also competed in the GP3 Series, FIA Formula Two and British Formula 3 since 2010.

His dad Martin is now a commentator and pundit for Sky Sports after working for both the BBC and ITV at the end of his racing career.