Gulf Racing's Aston Martin

Gulf Racing's Aston Martin

Young British racer Archie Hamilton is to race at Le Mans once again this season when he competes in the Aston Martin Racing Festival 2012 event supporting the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Hamilton will drive the Gulf Racing GT2 car, while Roald Goethe will drive the team's GT1 entry in the race. The two drivers were half of the four man driving squad of Gulf Racing's Lamborghini in January's Dubai 24 Hours.

“I'm very grateful to Roald for the opportunity to take part in such a great event in a fantastic car,” said Hamilton. “ I raced at Le Mans in the Porsche support race in 2010 so I'm very excited to be back. My goal is to race in the main event in 2013 which will be the 60thanniversary of my grandfather's win, and this race is the best preparation possible.”

The 45-minute race – exclusively for Aston Martins – will take place on the Saturday morning before the 24 Hours of Le Mans itself.

Hamilton previously raced at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2010 in support driving Porsche Carrera Cup machinery. His grandfather, Duncan Hamilton, won the 24 Hours overall in 1953.