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Nico Hulkenberg will race for Porsche in Le Mans

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Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg will compete for Porsche in the Le Mans 24 hour race next year.

The race adds to an already busy schedule for the Force India driver, and the event will be sandwiched between the Canadian and Austrian Grand Prix in the middle of June.

He is the first active F1 driver to take part in Le Mans since Sebastien Bourdais five years ago, and will prepare for the race with a six hour event in Spa at the beginning of May.

Porsche returned to the race race this year and former F1 star Mark Webber was part of their two-car team, the former Red Bull driver left the sport last season to concentrate on the World Endurance Championship.

Jenson Button has also been linked with the manufacturer as uncertainty over his future at McLaren continues to rumble on, whilst Fernando Alonso has been rumoured to be interested in competing for Audi.

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The Spaniard was a guest starter in this year's race, but looks more likely to replace Button.

Hulkenburg earned 96 points in the 2014 campaign and finished 37 ahead of teammate Sergio Perez in the individual standings.

Force India have already confirmed both drivers will be retained for next season.

He tweeted: Great news! I will also be #Racing for @PorcheRaces at #24hLeMans in 2015. Thanks @TheVijayMallya for the support #challenge #excited

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