Porsche have confirmed that Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg will race a factory 919 hybrid at Le Mans and the preceding Spa WEC round.
Hulkenberg, who took pole position at the at Brazil in his debut F1 season, will dovetail his endurance racing with a full season with Force India.
The news comes after the German marque confirmed it would be running a third car at Spa and Le Mans in 2015.
Hulkenberg will be the first serving F1 driver to race at Le Mans since Sebastien Bourdais in 2009.
Speaking after the announcement the 27-year-old said:
Porsche and Le Mans – this combination probably attracts every race driver.
I’ve been a Porsche fan for a long time and have been watching their return to the LMP1 class closely.
The desire grew to drive that car at Le Mans. I am very pleased the 2015 Formula One calendar allows for it and I’m grateful to my Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s generosity to let me go for it. Now it’s up to me to work hard to satisfy both commitments.
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, added:
Having caught the interest of another world class driver like Nico is validation for the job the entire Porsche LMP1 crew had done in our first WEC season.
Now we will prepare Nico for his new challenges such as dealing with the traffic of the slower GT cars and racing into the Le Mans night. We have got a road map in place which should enable him to exploit his driving abilities at his Le Mans debut.
We’re looking forward to working with Nico and we want to thank the Sahara Force India F1 Team and team principal Vijay Mallya for loaning him to us.