One of West Norfolk’s favourite sons Martin Brundle will take part in the Road to Le Mans race tomorrow.
Gayton-based Brundle will tackle the one-hour Road to Le Mans support race for LMP3 and GT3 machinery to be staged on the morning of the 24-hour race. The 1990 Le Mans winner and former F1 driver will make his racing return alongside Christian England in a United Autosports Ligier JS P3.
“To get on the full circuit [at Le Mans] with a carbon prototype really appealed to me,” 57-year-old Sky Sports commentator Brundle told http://www.redbull.com. “It has just the right amount of power and grip for someone like me coming back at my age.
“I feel lucky to have the opportunity to do it. I started racing when I was 12 and I still love it just as much as I did then. I’ve done the [Le Mans] 24 Hours eight times, and a one-hour race on the Saturday morning seemed perfect, frankly. It gives me a chance to get sweaty again, to get a little bit frightened and feel alive.”
He has not raced competitively since a one-off outing in the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone four years ago.
However, Brundle has already spent a day testing at his local Norfolk circuit of Snetterton. His son Alex – who races the Ligier in the European Le Mans Series – was also in attendance to lay down a benchmark.