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The 24 Hours of Le Mans winner’s trophy is one the most sought-after awards in motor sport and a particular fulfillment for these that have stood on the dwell step of the rostrum.  Three of the leading FIA WEC drivers, in conjunction with two FIA world champions, spoke about what makes Le Mans particular for them.

Sebastien Buemi

Reigning FIA World Patience Drivers Champion has received the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice in the Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

What is your first memory of Le Mans?

“I deem it’s when the Toyotas had been leading support in 1998 or 1999. I be conscious the automobile getting a puncture against the tip of the flee and I became spherical 10-years-former. Then on the Geneva Motor Demonstrate the automobile that raced Le Mans became there and I be conscious taking a checklist of it on the Toyota stand. It’s somewhat weird and wonderful to deem that more than 20 years later, I received Le Mans in fundamentally the granddaughter of this automobile.”

And what’s your favourite memory of competing there?

“A hit Le Mans has to be my favourite memory. The worst one became 2016 became when we retired at some stage in the final lap while leading and the becoming is 2018 when we received for the first time with Fernando [Alonso] and Kazuki [Nakajima].”

In the occasion you more than doubtless also can return in time and bear to compete in Le Mans on any Twelve months, what would or no longer it’s and why?

 “This ask will not be any longer easy. Obviously, I might have cherished to flee in the 60s after they had Ford in opposition to Ferrari. Particularly having seen the movie, Le Mans ’66. I also would have cherished to flee in 1960 when my grandfather [Georges Gachnang] raced at Le Mans. It is never easy to compare different years. I enjoyed competing in opposition to Porsche, Audi and when Nissan became alive to. I’ve been very lucky to flee at Le Mans at some stage in some unimaginable years.”

Alessandro Pier Guidi

Alessandro Pier Guidi and his teammate James Calado became the first recipients of the FIA World Patience GT Drivers Championship title on the tip of the 2017 season.  In the 2018/19 season the Anglo-Italian duo had been unable to defend their world crown however did clutch a memorable LMGTE Noteworthy victory on the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ferrari.

What is your first memory of Le Mans?

“It became when I became a baby and I became racing karts.  My father and I had been followers of F1 and I also be conscious that Le Mans became a expansive fixture in the motorsport calendar. Sadly, it became more difficult to see Le Mans on TV than it’s miles that for the time being, however we had been continuously seeking out out files from the tournament.”

And what’s your favourite memory of competing there?

“That’s easy – positively final Twelve months when I received with James [Calado] and Daniel [Serra]. I wished it so, so grand! We all labored very exhausting for the elevate and I will continuously carry that feeling with me.”

In the occasion you more than doubtless also can return in time and bear to compete in Le Mans in any Twelve months, what would or no longer it’s and why?

“I’d potentially bear the sixties to compete for overall victory in a Ferrari.”

Richard Lietz

The Austrian driver received the 2015 World Patience Cup for GT Drivers and is continuously on the forefront of any persistence battle in the Porsche 911 RSR. 

What is your first memory of Le Mans?

“Easy – the flying Mercedes!”

And what’s your favourite memory of competing there?

“My very first Le Mans support in 2007, successful with a French group in France became particular. Also working collectively for the first time with story Norbert Singer is one thing that I will never neglect.”

In the occasion you more than doubtless also can return in time and bear to compete in Le Mans on any Twelve months, what would or no longer it’s and why?

“I deem 1998 might per chance be a accurate Twelve months. The Porsche GT1 is considered one of my all-time favourite autos, working in conjunction with Norbert Singer and the Porsche works group might per chance be my selection.”

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