The British racer and Sky F1 pundit will contest a one-hour sports car race on the same weekend as the Le Mans 24 Hours, which he won in 1990

Martin Brundle, a member of the winning Jaguar team at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1990, will make a racing return to the legendary French circuit in June.

Brundle, 57, will drive a Ligier sportscar in the one-hour LMP3 race that’s on the undercard of the twice-around-the-clock event on 18 June.

The Sky Sports F1 pundit will share the United Autosports-prepared car – usually raced by his son Alex in the European Le Mans Series – with co-driver Christian England.

Brundle race at Le Mans eight times and in 1990 shared the winning Jaguar XJR-12 with Price Cobb and John Nielsen.

He’s competed with United Autosports before, finishing fourth in the 2011 Daytona 24 Hours alongside team boss Zak Brown, Mark Patterson and Mark Blundell.

That was his last competitive race start, and he described the imminent Le Mans outing as “a wonderful and unexpected bonus”.

"This golden opportunity allows me to drive the full Le Mans circuit again in a prototype racecar,” said Brundle. “It's always such a pleasure to drive this magnificent circuit."

The Ligier JSP3 Brundle will drive is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 Nissan VK50 that produces 420bhp.

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