Silverstone team handed Le Mans lifeline

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After missing the opening two rounds of the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, the Silverstone-based Millennium Racing have been handed a boost by the news that they will be competing in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race.

Having missed the season openers, the Simon Dowson and Alan Docking orchestrated team were forced to withdraw their entry for the Le Mans – an event that was first held back in 1923.

However, a cancellation by the Lotus LMP1 team has allowed Millennium to make a late re-entry into the competition, and the team will now be in action at the Circuit de la Sarthe next week.

Silverstone-based Australian, John Martin, will lead the team at the pre-event test day on Sunday, June 1, before the team starts race preparations on June 11.

He will be joined in the driver line-up by Oliver Turvey and Fabian Giroix.

Two years ago, the team, then known as ADR-Delta, stormed to an impressive pole position in the LMP2 class when Martin set the fastest qualifying time at the wheel of the team’s Nissan-powered Oreca 03-Nissan.

Martin said this week: “This is great news and something I am really pleased about. It is great to be confirmed on the entry list for Le Mans and we are looking forward to going to France and giving all the LMP2 teams a real run for their money!”