Le Mans: The Kiwi Connection
Icouldn’t let your coverage of the great result at Le Mans by the Kiwi contingent go by without drawing your attention to the fact that there was a Le Mans involvement which bisects both this latest event and the great feats of Mclaren, Amon and Hulme in 1966.
I refer, of course, to the team assembled by Bill Farmer in 1996, as a result of which a two-car team was fielded at Le Mans (two Porsche GT2S) — the cars eventually finishing second and fourth in class, and 14th and 16th overall.
Amongst the driver line-up was our very own Greg Murphy, as well as fellow Kiwi drivers Andy Bagnall and Bill himself.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the pit crew, my role being the refueller for one of the Porsches. It was a truly amazing experience, and one of the highlights of my involvement with motor sport over the years.
It should also be pointed out that the same team also ran a car in the 24 Hours of Daytona race the same year and, again, I was fortunate enough to fill the refuelling role for this single car, Porsche GT2 entry.
In that case, if my memory serves me right, we were leading our class until hour 16, and we ultimately withdrew as a result of an engine failure.
I just thought I would drop you a line to let you know the Kiwi Le Mans dream has more chapters to it than most people realize, and next year will be even better with the entry of the Ford GTS, signalling a return by Ford to this great race and, hopefully, more Kiwis in the winning driver line-up.