Martin Brundle so grateful for the chance to race at Le Mans
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At the grand age of 57 years old Martin Brundle will be making a return to the iconic French Le Mans circuit this coming June contesting the inaugural Le Mans LMP 3 race.
The 60-minute race will take place prior to the 24 Hour event with the King's Lynn resident driving the same car son Alex led to victory in the recent Silverstone European Le Mans Series.
The elder Brundle will be co-driving the United Autosport Liger JS P3 with Christian England. 'This golden opportunity allows me to drive the full Le Mans circuit again in a Prototype racecar,' enthused the former Grand Prix racer and current Sky F1 Commentator.
'It's always such a pleasure and privilege to drive that magnificent circuit, so I grabbed the opportunity to rejoin United Autosports, after our last successful adventure in the 2011 Daytona 24 hours, and along with our longstanding sponsor Richard Mille, to once again race a Ligier.
'At 57 years of age I consider this a wonderful and unexpected bonus,' continued the Norfolk racer who raced for the French Ligier concern during his Formula One career.
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Lifetime Racing had to pull everything out of the bag to ensure that the Jazzy Potato Ginetta G55 would make the start of the first GT Cup race at Brands Hatch after the Ian Anderson/Amanda Black car was punted off track during qualifying, just an hour before the opening race.
The Watton team repaired the rear suspension just in time for Anderson to start from the pit lane and he then roared through the field to secure second place in the GTA category.
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Later in the day Black took to the wheel to secure third place in race two while for Sunday's race the Jazzy pair claimed the category pole.
In the early part of the third race Black led rival Daniel O'Brien until the pit stops were taken with the local outfit having to take an extra 10 second success penalty which handed the advantage to their rivals.
As the laps ticked down Anderson closed in but just as he was to mount a challenge for the lead the race was red flagged for safety reasons.
'Absolutely delighted to now be leading the GT Cup GTA Championship following a very challenging weekend where every possible problem seemed to be thrown our way,' said Foulsham's Anderson.
For the third meeting in a row the Ciceley Racing team has had to rebuild Dan Zelos' Renault Clio Cup car after the Dereham racer smote the safety barriers at high speed.
The local youngster was showing good form in the opening race at the super-fast Thruxton Circuit when contact with a rival sent him off-track, fortunately without injury.
'Another race day with no luck,' admitted a downcast Zelos. 'Great job by the Ciceley Racing for getting me out in race two. Just a shame the chassis was bent.'
The Evergreen Tyres supported racer started race two from grid four but due to the bent chassis he fell down the order before retiring.