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Mansell back on track for Autosport 1000Km of Silverstone Ex-Formula 1 World Champion, Nigel Mansell, will return to racing at this weekend for the final round of the Le Mans Series, the Autosport 1000Km of Silverstone (Sept 10-12). The...

Mansell back on track for Autosport 1000Km of Silverstone

Ex-Formula 1 World Champion, Nigel Mansell, will return to racing at this weekend for the final round of the Le Mans Series, the Autosport 1000Km of Silverstone (Sept 10-12).

The 1992 F1 winner will rejoin his sons, Greg and Leo, at the wheel of their 500bhp Ginetta-Zytek 09S for the first time since the crash at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June that left him concussed.

The Mansell clan will be looking to follow up on the two boys' class win at the last Le Mans Series race in Hungary last month.

Joining them on the 50-car grid will be the might of the works Audi and Peugeot teams, which missed the Hungarian round, to contend with when the championship reaches its climax at the British Grand Prix circuit.

Joining the Mansells on track will be a host of other ex-F1 stars, such as Giancarlo Fisichella, Jean Alesi and Anthony Davidson as well as established sportscar aces like Audi's Allan McNish and eight-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Tom Kristensen.

The Le Mans Series is Europe's premier sportscar and GT racing championship, with mighty sports prototypes from Aston Martin, Lola, Audi and Peugeot battling it out in the headlining LMP1 class.

British teams dominate the LMP2 class, with the RML-run MG-Lola leading from Strakka Racing's HPD ARX 01 which, at the hands of all-British crew Danny Watts, Jonny Kane and Nick Leventis, became the first LMP2 car to win a Le Mans Series race outright at Hungary last month.

Meanwhile, the GT classes feature mouth-watering supercars from the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Saleen and Ford.

Silverstone's UK round is doubly important to teams and drivers, as it also serves as the opening round of the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

-source: silverstone

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jean Alesi , Anthony Davidson , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Nigel Mansell , Jonny Kane , Nick Leventis , Danny Watts
Teams Strakka Racing