Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will signal the start at next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours on 14th -15th June.

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The current  Ferrari driver has accepted an invitation to be the honorary starter of the most prestigious round of the World Endurance Championship . The move “shows the strong links that exist between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Ferrari,” according to a statement from the Le Mans-organizing club.   There are also rumors that suggest Ferrari may be looking to move into the WEC  in he next few years, however these are currently just that.

It will be the first time in the history of the 24 Hours that the role of honorary starter has been given to an active racing driver. Others that have previously had the honor  include Alonso’s boss at Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo (2009), six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx (2000), actor Steve McQueen (1971) and then Jaguar chairman Sir John Egan (1986).

As always Diesel Driver will be reporting live from the event so stay tuned during race week for all the latest news