Karun Chandhok will make his return to Murphy Prototypes, while Alex Kapadia is set for his debut with the Irish squad in this weekend’s European Le Mans Series season-opening Four Hours of Silverstone.
The former F1 driver and British sports car ace will join the Rodolfo Gonzalez at the wheel of the team’s Oreca 03 Nissan, with Chandhok having also been confirmed as the third driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“It will be great to get back to racing at Silverstone [this] weekend,” Chandhok said. “It is the ideal way to prepare for our 2014 Le Mans assault. The team have been doing a great job over the winter and I will look forward to working with them closely again.”
Silver-rated Kapadia, who starred in his two races for Boutsen Ginon Racing last year, will be filling in for regular Murphy driver Tor Graves, who is recovering from shingles.
“When I found out that Tor could not race at Silverstone my first thought was to call Alex as he is one of the quickest silver drivers around,” said team owner Greg Murphy. “I was extremely impressed by Alex’s pace in the Boutsen car last year and think he is definitely a driver to watch for future. I think we have a very strong line up for Silverstone.”
Kapadia added: “I am extremely grateful to Greg for this opportunity. I am playing catch up a little as I did not test the car at Paul Ricard last week but I am a quick learner and in Karun and Rodolfo I have two great co-drivers to learn from.”
Chandhok, who became the first Indian driver to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be making his third consecutive start in the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic and second straight with the team.
The Murphy entry finished sixth in class last year with Chandhok, Brendon Hartley and Mark Patterson at the wheel.