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NEW DELHI Jan 12 Karun Chandhok will race
in this year's FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) while
continuing to try and secure a reserve role in Formula One, the
Indian driver said on Thursday.
Chandhok said the sportscar series would give him the chance
to compete regularly while he explores test driving
possibilities with a couple of Formula One teams including
Caterham, the former Team Lotus who hired him last year.
"At the end of 2011, we explored the options to race in F1
and when it didn't look like a possibility, I decided to look
outside," he said in a statement.
Talking to Reuters, Chandhok added: "It was obvious that
without the right commercial backing, it's not possible to get a
seat in F1.
"Probably I could have remained a test and reserve driver in
F1 but I just needed some form of racing. With limited testing
in F1, WEC seemed the best option outside. It's the highest
level of competition outside F1.
"Of course I want to be in Formula One and I'm in talks with
a couple of teams. I think I can juggle both the roles. The WEC
calendar also suits me with just one race clashing with F1."
Chandhok said his immediate task was to prepare for the
longer races in the eight-leg WEC which starts with the Sebring
12 Hours in the United States on March 17, the day before the
Formula One season opens in Australia.
"I got to learn a lot. From a two-hour F1 race, now I have a
24-hour race at Le Mans. Then you have driving at night and
sharing the car with fellow drivers.
"WEC includes races on some of the iconic places such as
Spa, Silverstone and Interlagos and it's going to be a new
challenge for me."
Chandhok joins Australian Le Mans winner David Brabham and
Scotland's Peter Dumbreck at British-based JRM Racing and owner
James Rumsey was convinced of the Indian driver's potential.
"Although this will be Karun's first year in sportscars, I
have every confidence that he will be one of the quickest
drivers on the grid," he said.
(Editing by Alan Baldwin. To comment on this story: email
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