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Reigning CIK-FIA European KF champion Ben Hanley will switch back into racing cars this season, driving an ORECANissan 05 in the LMP2 class of the European Le Mans Series.
The 31-year-old will drive for Dragonspeed in the series, having last raced in cars in 2010 when he contested a part-season of Superleague Formula. Hanley had previously been a Renault development driver and was second in the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 standings.
But he was unable to progress after that and has raced in karts since 2009.
“I’m really confident this is a great opportunity to get back into that form of racing,” he said. “When you first move into single-seaters all you are looking at is getting into Formula 1 but the closer you get to that the more you realise it’s fake. Most drivers have a lot of money and it reduces the opportunity for drivers who don’t have as much funding. The next thing to do is look at GT and endurance racing and this is the right opportunity for this to work.”
Hanley adds that his years spent in karting will prove beneficial.
“My time in karting was useful as it was keeping me active, fit and racing,” he said. “Last year was a good year and it was great to win the championship. In GT and LMP racing there are a lot of cars on track and you can gain time by managing the traffic and karting helps with that. I have also been doing some testing with Pirelli and did a DTM test so I’ve been doing quite a lot of kilometres.”