New Bri­tons ready to step up to the chal­lenge of Le Mans as the LMP2 cat­e­gory is set to shine

Motor Sport News - - Le Mans Preview -

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

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