New Britons ready to step up to the challenge of Le Mans as the LMP2 category is set to shine
Manor won’t be the only Brits heading to France for their first taste of LMP2 at Le Mans, as the entry includes a diverse mixture of top names and rising stars.
The garage with the most media attention next weekend is likely to be the Algarve Pro Racing one, where Olympic cycling legend Chris Hoy makes his 24 hour racing debut in the toughest race of them all. He shares a Ligier JS P2 with Michael Munemann and Andrea Pizzitola.
“Le Mans is a huge challenge, but I feel ready for it,” says the eight-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning LMP3 champion. “I know people will be watching me, and there is a lot of pressure, but mostly it’s pressure from me not to mess it up and waste a seat some other young driver would probably kill for.
“The speeds at Le Mans are scary. The LMP1S are on a different planet, even when you’re in a P2 they come flying past, so you have to be so aware at all times and be able to concentrate on not only your own race, but what races are going on around you.”
Multiple European Formula 3 racewinner Jake Dennis is another new face. He joins Jota Sport to share a Gibson 015S with Simon Dolan and ex-f1 man Giedo van der Garde.
“The plan is to show what I can do this year and try to land a full season next year,” says Dennis, who becomes the first Racing Steps Foundationsupported driver to race at Le Mans. “My F3 experience really helped me adapt to the P2. The car has a lot of aero so it does well through highspeed corners, but can feel lazy in the slow stuff with the weight transfer and waiting for the grip to come. But I like it a lot, it’s a good experience and Le Mans will be amazing.
“People told me I’d struggle with vision, but it’s fine. In single-seaters I could never see the front wing and only an inch or so of the front tyres, so it’s not a big difference.”
F3 and GP3 ace Jake Dennis is in