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WEC – What the Drivers Say…About Le Mans

2020-09-15 14:10:00

The 24 Hours of Le Mans winner’s trophy is one essentially the most sought-after awards in motor sport and a particular achievement for individuals who have stood on the highest step of the rostrum.  Three of the main FIA WEC drivers, together with two FIA world champions, spoke about what makes Le Mans particular for them.

Sebastien Buemi

Reigning FIA World Endurance Drivers Champion has received the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice within the Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

What’s your first reminiscence of Le Mans?
“I feel it’s when the Toyotas have been main again in 1998 or 1999. I keep in mind the automobile getting a puncture in the direction of the tip of the race and I used to be round 10-years-old. Then on the Geneva Motor Present the automobile that raced Le Mans was there and I keep in mind taking an image of it on the Toyota stand. It’s fairly unusual to suppose that greater than 20 years later, I received Le Mans in principally the granddaughter of this automobile.”

And what’s your favorite reminiscence of competing there?
“Successful Le Mans must be my favorite reminiscence. The worst one was 2016 was after we retired over the last lap whereas main and one of the best is 2018 after we received for the primary time with Fernando [Alonso] and Kazuki [Nakajima].”

When you may return in time and select to compete in Le Mans on any yr, what wouldn’t it be and why?

 “This query is tough. After all, I might have liked to race within the 60s once they had Ford towards Ferrari. Particularly having seen the movie, Le Mans ’66. I additionally would have liked to race in 1960 when my grandfather [Georges Gachnang] raced at Le Mans. It’s tough to check the totally different years. I loved competing towards Porsche, Audi and when Nissan was concerned. I’ve been very fortunate to race at Le Mans throughout some wonderful years.”

Alessandro Pier Guidi

Alessandro Pier Guidi and his teammate James Calado turned the primary recipients of the FIA World Endurance GT Drivers Championship title on the finish of the 2017 season.  Within the 2018/19 season the Anglo-Italian duo have been unable to defend their world crown however did take a memorable LMGTE Professional victory on the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ferrari.

What’s your first reminiscence of Le Mans?

“It was after I was a toddler and I used to be racing karts.  My father and I have been followers of F1 and I additionally keep in mind that Le Mans was a giant fixture within the motorsport calendar. Sadly, it was more durable to observe Le Mans on TV than it’s these days, however we have been all the time looking for out information from the occasion.”

And what’s your favorite reminiscence of competing there?

“That’s straightforward – positively final yr after I received with James [Calado] and Daniel [Serra]. I wished it so, a lot! All of us labored very onerous for the win and I’ll all the time carry that feeling with me.”

When you may return in time and select to compete in Le Mans in any yr, what wouldn’t it be and why?

“I might in all probability select the sixties to compete for general victory in a Ferrari.”

Richard Lietz

The Austrian driver received the 2015 World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers and is all the time on the forefront of any endurance battle within the Porsche 911 RSR. 

What’s your first reminiscence of Le Mans?
“Simple – the flying Mercedes!”

And what’s your favorite reminiscence of competing there?

“My very first Le Mans again in 2007, profitable with a French workforce in France was particular. Additionally working collectively for the primary time with legend Norbert Singer is one thing that I’ll always remember.”

When you may return in time and select to compete in Le Mans on any yr, what wouldn’t it be and why?

“I feel 1998 could be a great yr. The Porsche GT1 is considered one of my all-time favorite automobiles, working along with Norbert Singer and the Porsche works workforce could be my selection.”

 

 

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