Frentzen set for Le Mans

Three-time grand prix winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen is lining up a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin.

Frentzen, who hasn’t raced since bowing out of the DTM at the end of 2006, tested for the Prodrive-run factory Aston Martin team at the beginning of March. The 40-year-old, who previously raced at Le Mans in 1992, seems increasingly certain to take one of the vacant seats in the two Gulf-sponsored Aston DBR9 GT1 contenders.

Frentzen said: ”I have not driven any sort of racing car for one and a half years, so this was a great opportunity for me to get back into action. I really enjoyed the experience.”

George Howard-Chappell, who heads the Aston team at Prodrive, said: ”Heinz-Harald did a good job, as you would expect. A GT1 isn’t so much different to a DTM car.”

An announcement of Aston’s six-strong driver line-up for Le Mans was imminent as Motor Sport closed for press.