Herbert to make Stateside return

Ex-Formula One driver Johnny Herbert will return to the United States after being drafted into the Champion Audi squad.

Ex-Formula One driver Johnny Herbert will return to the United States after being drafted into the Champion Audi squad.

The Essex-born driver competed in the American Le Mans Series last season with Champion but moved back to Europe for 2004.

He joined the new Audi UK squad for the Le Mans Endurance Series but will now fit two ALMS rounds in as well.

Herbert’s return to the ALMS will begin next month in Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, a race he won last season for Champion Audi.

Then the Englishman, who will partner Germany’s Pierre Kaffer, will move on to the final ALMS race of the season at Laguna Seca in October.

Herbert, who raced with Champion for three seasons prior to this year, said: “I am really happy to have this opportunity to race in the last two races of the ALMS series with Champion Racing.

“I have missed not racing with them this season and it will be good to get back into the team and see everybody again.

“I have raced against Pierre Kaffer in the LMES championship this year and I know him to be a very good driver. I’m looking forward to having him as my team-mate.

“This is going to be a great challenge, the Audi R8 has won six of the ALMS races this year and having been given the opportunity to win Petit Le Mans again I intend to do just that.

“I am also looking forward to finishing the series on a high note at Laguna Seca.”

Herbert and Kaffer will drive Champion’s second Audi, with title winners JJ Lehto and Marco Werner in the lead car.

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