First race in 13 years for for­mer Fford ace Eng­land

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For­mer Bri­tish For­mula Ford ace Chris­tian Eng­land won on his rac­ing comeback af­ter an ab­sence of al­most 13 years in the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries opener at Sil­ver­stone.

The 34-year-old, who fin­ished sec­ond in For­mula Ford in 2002 but dropped out of rac­ing af­ter a part-sea­son in the Bri­tish For­mula 3 Schol­ar­ship Class the fol­low­ing year, was part of the United Au­tosports Ligier JSP3 crew that won the LMP3 class along­side Alex Brun­dle and Michael Guasch.

“I’ve not been to a race track, not sat in a car for 13 years,” Eng­land said. “It’s amaz­ing how we put this deal to­gether. On Jan­uary 1, I didn’t have a li­cence and had to do my ARDS test to get one. It’s a huge sur­prise, but what a way to start.”

Eng­land drove the fi­nal stint of the race and had to man­age a limited fuel load on the way to the che­quered flag de­spite a late splash-and-dash un­der full-course yel­low. He ad­mit­ted to be­ing rusty but his pace im­proved af­ter a ten­ta­tive start.

“The traf­fic was a cul­ture shock,” he said. “We were close on fuel at the end and it’s the first time I’ve driven in a race where I had to man­age the pace as such. I’m used to just get­ting my head down.”

Eng­land last com­peted in Bri­tish F3

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