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Le Mans winner Loic Duval aims for return to endurance race for '18

Loic Duval Le Mans 24 Hours 2013

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loic Duval is aiming to return to the race he won in 2013 next year.

The Audi driver, who moved to the DTM for 2017 after the end of the German manufacturer's LMP1 World Endurance Championship programme, revealed he is exploring his options for the French enduro in the expectation that there will be no date clash with the German touring car series.

"If I have a good opportunity to go back, I would love to do it again," the 2013 WEC title winner with Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish told Autosport.

"I had an offer this year, but it was not possible to do it because of the clash [with the DTM Hungaroring round]."

Duval, who made his WEC return in the Bahrain season finale in G-Drive Racing's LMP2 class ORECA-Gibson 07, explained that he was undecided between trying to find a seat with a privateer in LMP1 or a top drive with a class contender.

"Do I want to drive a car that only has a chance of winning if the others hit problems or a car that is capable of winning its class?" said the Frenchman, who has raced at Le Mans eight times.

"That is a question I haven't answered in my mind yet."

Loic Duval Audi DTM Zandvoort 2017

Duval explained that he was expecting to return to the DTM for a second season in 2017.

"It's not confirmed, but it looks likely," he said. "I'm looking forward to it and I wouldn't want to finish on the results I had this year."

Duval, who raced an Audi RS5 DTM for the Phoenix squad, finished last in the championship, though he took the runner-up spot in the second race at Zandvoort in August.

The Bahrain WEC round, in which he finished seventh in class with Roman Rusinov and Leo Roussel, was Duval's second sportscar start of the season.

He also raced DragonSpeed's ORECA in the Daytona 24 Hours, the opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship in January.

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