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DOUBLE DUTY FOR JAMES WINSLOW AT LE MANS

Double Duty for James Winslow at Le Mans - Supplied

Double Duty for James Winslow at Le Mans – Supplied

TWO-TIME AUSTRALIAN Gold Star winner James Winslow will have double duties at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour on June 17-18.

He is set to drive in the new Oreca-07 LMP2 car with the French outfit, Graff Racing, plus also drive in the LMP3 support race with Australian GT driver Greg Taylor.

It will be Winslow’s third tilt at the iconic twice-around-the-clock Sports Car spectacle and he will be lining up with French co-drivers Enzo Guibbert and Eric Touillet.

The team won their Le Mans 24 entry after second in the 2016 European Le Mans Series. That series included a victory in the last year’s Gulf 12 Hour.

“After the success last year with Graff, I’m extremely happy to be joining them again in 2017, this will be my third 24 hours of Le Mans and this year we want a podium. The team are more than capable and my co-drivers are strong,” said the 2016 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Champion.

“LMP2 cars have evolved for this season with more power and more aerodynamics, I’m looking forward to driving the new 2017 Oreca 07 Nissan and fighting for a podium position with a team I know well.”

James Winslow's Graff Racing Oreca at Le Mans - Photo: Supplied

James Winslow’s Graff Racing Oreca at Le Mans – Photo: Supplied

With Taylor, he will also contest the two Road to Le Mans LMP3 one-hour races, in a Ligier JSP3 run by the same Graaf team. Taylor, along with fellow Aussie Neale Muston shared the Gulf victory.

Taylor will also be driving with Craft-Bamboo in the new FRD-LMP3 series.

“Greg did such a good job last year in the LMP3 car at Abu Dhabi 12hrs that I’m happy to be joining him again and confident we are going to be running right at the very front of this race.

“The event is sensational; the final LMP3 race is run just before the 24 Hour starts and in front of the massive 250,000 crowd. We are going to Le Mans with a strong team and looking to win this race.”

GARRY O’BRIEN

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