Ex-Formula 1 racer Nikita Mazepin will make a return to competitive motorsport in next month’s Asian Le Mans Series.
Mazepin had an affiliation with Force India, and tested for Mercedes, before signing a multi-year deal with Haas effective from 2021.
Mazepin was axed on the eve of the 2022 season following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with he and his father Dmitry subsequently placed on the EU and UK’s sanctioned list.
Mazepin competed in last year’s Silk Rally in his native Russia and has now signed up to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series, which takes place in February in the United Arab Emirates.
He will co-drive an ORECA 07 LMP2 prototype prepared by 99 Racing, which he will share with Ben Barnicoat and Felix Porteiro.
“I am delighted to be making my return to racing in the Asian Le Mans Series,” said Mazepin. “Together with my teammates at 99 Racing, I’m hoping to have a great experience competing in the sport I love.”
It will mark Mazepin’s first foray into sportscar competition.
The 2023 Asian Le Mans season will commence with the first 4 Hours of Dubai race on February 11 at the Dubai Autodrome, with another outing taking place the next day.
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will host another two four hour races the following weekend to round out the campaign.