Dutchman Jan Lammers, a veteran of sports car, F1 and IndyCar racing, is set to contest his 24th Le Mans 24 Hours this June, racing for a second year with Racing Team Nederland in its LMP2 class Dallara P217 (pictured below).
Lammers, 61, who won the race overall in 1988 in a TWR Jaguar XJR9, will become part of a very small group; after this year’s start there will only be five other drivers with more Le Mans starts.
In the race, he’ll compete with team owner Frits van Eerd, making his second start, and previously announced ex-F1 driver Giedo van der Garde, the run at Le Mans forming part of the team’s 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season entry.
“Frits and Racing Team Nederland are giving me the chance to do my 24th Le Mans 24 Hours this June, which is really great!” Lammers said. “To be perfectly prepared, I will also join Frits and Giedo for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May, the opening round of the world championship.
“Frits owes it to his ambitions to gather the fastest drivers around him. I may still be quick ‘for my age’ but if after Le Mans a fast and young successor will be available, I will step back in the interest of the team and the results.
“I may have other opportunities to keep on racing after Le Mans, and of course I will remain closely involved with Racing Team Nederland. I can’t express how grateful I am for being given this chance!”