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Howson, Bradley return to defend Le Mans LMP2 title

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Howson, Bradley return to defend Le Mans LMP2 title
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Apr 28, 2016, 11:09 AM

Reigning LMP2 class champions Matt Howson and Richard Bradley will return to defend their title in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours with the KCMG squad.

#47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre
Pit stop for #47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre
LMP2 podium: class winners #47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre
#47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre
#47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre
#47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre
#47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre
LMP2 podium: class winners #47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre

The pair of Britons join defending Japanese Super GT champion Tsugio Matsuda in the #47 Oreca 05-Nissan, reprising the Hong Kong-based team's line-up from 2014.

Howson and Bradley went on to win the LMP2 class at La Sarthe in 2015 along with ex-Toyota pilot Nicolas Lapierre, who has joined the Signatech Alpine squad for this year.

Le Mans will be the only race the #47 machine will contest on this year's World Endurance Championship schedule, as the KCMG team - which came runner-up in the LMP2 standings last season - pulled its entry in the baby prototype class out of the series during the winter.

KCMG does however maintain a WEC presence through its GTE Am class Porsche 911 RSR, driven by Christian Ried, Wolf Henzler and Joel Camathias.

Bradley also remains a full-time LMP2 entrant in the WEC with Manor alongside teammates Matt Rao and Roberto Merhi, but the British squad only secured a sole Le Mans entry for the sister car of Tor Graves, Will Stevens and James Jakes.

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