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Winslow to Replace Roussel at Inter Europol

James Winslow called up to replace Leo Roussel after back injury for Frenchman…

Photo: Inter Europol Competition

James Winslow will replace Leo Roussel in Inter Europol’s lineup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, following Roussel’s back-breaking accident in the European Le Mans Series round at Monza earlier this month.

The 36-year-old Englishman, who suffered a back injury himself less than two years ago, will team up with Kuba Smiechowski and Nigel Moore in the Polish squad’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson.

It will mark Winslow’s fourth start in the French endurance classic.

“The team is exciting and after battling against them for victories last year, I look forward to battling together now for them,” Winslow said.

“It’s ironic as I will be replacing a driver who has suffered the exact same back injuries as myself just 16 months ago. I am now back to 100 percent strength.

“I will do Leo proud and be thinking about him and I wish him a very speedy recovery.”

Team manager Sascha Fassbender said Winslow is a “worthy” substitute to Roussel, who is making progress in his recovery.

“Kuba, Nigel and James will be a good team together but Léo will be missed,” Fassbender said.

Winslow’s appointment means all 186 drivers have been confirmed for the June 15-16 race.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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