Binnie Motorsports has announced its driver line-up for the 2007 season, with Chris Buncombe joining Bill Binnie and Allen Timpany in the Lola-Zytek.

Buncombe comes into the team to replace Sam Hancock - who will now take on a test driver role - for the upcoming campaign, which will see the team take part in the six series races and also the Le Mans 24 Hours, where the focus will be on going one better than last season when the Lola took second in the LMP2 class.

"We are really excited about our driver line up for the year and we will have both continuity and new blood in the form of Chris so we think that we will have one of the stronger overall packages of drivers on the LMP2 grid," team owner Binnie said. "Allen has shown his faith in the team by joining us again and we are really delighted by that, he became quicker and quicker last year and had some of the fastest laps on the team in a number of races.

"I'm really pleased to be driving in the LMS and Le Mans this year," he said. "It is my first proper experience of an LMP car but I'm thoroughly looking forward to the challenge. I'm excited to be a part of the Binnie Motorsports organisation."

The team has shown over the past few seasons that they have a professional approach, with a reliable and competitive package so I'm sure we will be fighting for the LMP2 crown again during the year.

"Like many young drivers, Le Mans has always been an ambition of mine and racing there this year will be a big step towards my dream of being on the podium at the world's greatest endurance race. The entry for the LMS Championship is very strong and I know we will face tough competition. I think LMP2 is the perfect place for me this year and I will be looking ahead to hopefully ultimately driving in LMP1 in 2008".

Buncombe had his first taste of the new car during a damp test at Silverstone and his initial impressions were good enough to leave him confident of a strong season ahead.

"We were developing the new paddle shift system and the test went very smoothly despite the difficult conditions," he said. "It's great to be in such a capable environment. The team is very easy to work with.

"The car itself has undergone several major updates over the winter period, and I believe we will certainlybe a competitive force this coming year. This is really the first taste of a true sports car for me. It takes meback to my days in Formula Three and Formula Renault Sport and I hope to draw on my experience from back then."

Binnie will test with fellow Lola sportscar customers RML and Chamberlain Synergy at Valencia on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

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Binnie Motorsports competing at the 2006 Le Mans.
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Chris Buncombe testing the Binnie Motorsports Lola at Silverstone last week.
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