Australian Driver John Martin will compete in the World’s most prestigious motor race the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16-17.
The Queensland driver will join a surprisingly large number of Australians who have competed at the famous circuit in Western France.
Names like Peter Brock, John Goss, Rusty French, and race winners Vern Schuppan (1983), Geoff Brabham (1993) and David Brabham (2009).
“I’m really looking forward to racing at Le Mans.” said Martin. “It hasn’t really sunk in that I will be racing at one of the world’s largest motorsport events.”
Martin, who celebrated his 28th birthday on June 8, just a week before the race, will team with Tor Graves and and the experienced Jan Charouz for the ADR-Delta team of expatriate Australian Alan Docking.
The Aussie took pole position at the most recent round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Spa Francorchamps circuit, finishing second in class, and is now leading that category’s points standings entering the double points race at Le Mans.
“I feel very privileged to be one of very few Australians that get the opportunity to race at the Le Mans 24 Hour. With our Nissan-powered Oreca I believe our ADR-Delta team have a really good chance of achieving a great result in what is a very competitive LMP2 category.”
Martin was also mindful of the situation back home where Nissan will return to racing in 2013 in V8 Supercar competition.
“It’s an exciting time to be racing with Nissan, with over half the entries in LMP2 powered by Nissan and the Nissan DeltaWing making it’s racing debut at Le Mans, which is certain to draw a lot of attention. And, of course, there is a lot of talk back home in Australia about Nissan entering V8 Supercars next season.”
Practice for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hour race will get underway Thursday morning Australian time with the race starting Saturday night at 11:00 PM AEST.
In Pit Lane will be at Le Mans and remember that all the Le Mans action including practice, qualifying and all support races can be heard on Radio Le Mans.