WARREN Hughes will be back behind the wheel at this year's Le Mans 24-Hours.
The 41-year-old from Wearside has inked a deal to return to Portuguese team ASM in the LMP2 class in the famous endurance race.
Partnering drivers Olivier Pla and Miguel Amaral in the team’s Ginetta/Zytek prototype, Hughes is also set to contest the opening round of the 2010 Le Mans Series at the Paul Ricard circuit, France, in April.
He is also expected to remain on standby for the team at the other Le Mans Series races incase the squad opts to run with three drivers.
The deal comes just days before the official Le Mans Series pre-season test at the French circuit on March 7 and 8 and, after a flying visit to the team’s HQ in Lisbon, Hughes has had a seat fitting and will ready to hit the track on Sunday.
He said: “This a brilliant news for me. I have wanted to return to ASM for a while and now the opportunity has arisen.
“This is one of the most sough-after drives, certainly in LMP2.
“I am joining them on the back of a very successful season, in a car they understand very well.
“I know the team well and I will also be working again with Alan Mugglestone, one of the very best engineers I have worked with.”
Team owner Antonio Simoes is thrilled to have signed Hughes.
He said: “Warren is a driver who the whole team rate very highly and his experience, ability and personality fit perfectly with us. He will strengthen our team considerably.”