Motors TV confirms commentary team for
exclusive LIVE Le Mans 24 Hours coverage
Channel 413 on Sky Digital and 545 on Virgin Media
Motors TV have announced a commentary team brimming with knowledge and experience of the Le Mans 24 Hours as the channel gears up for its groundbreaking coverage of the world's most famous motor race.
With less than two weeks to go before the race Motors TV, who holds the exclusive pan-European Le Mans 24 Hour broadcast rights for cable, satellite and ADSL, has confirmed its team of English language commentators for the 50-hours of live coverage dedicated to the event. The line up will consist of some top names well known to motorsport fans both for their commentary and, in some cases, for their driving--
The 2007 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours will be Mark Cole's 25th, having first visited La Sarthe as Rothmans Porsche Press officer in 1982 where his cars managed a 1-2-3 finish! Having missed only one year since then, in 1999 when he was at the Canadian GP, Mark has fulfilled the roles of team PR, journalist and, since 1992, commentator for the European broadcasters. "Last year the depth of Motors TV's coverage was incredible and we hope to surpass that this year. I always enjoy working with the team and I cannot wait for Le Mans week to begin."
A long-time Le Mans fan, Martin Haven's obsession with the 24 Hours first began with a trip to La Sarthe in 1983 as a fan. His knowledge and passion for the race saw him become a pit-lane reporter for Radio Le Mans just in time to witness Jaguar's winning return at close quarters. He made the transition from radio to TV to become the mainstay of Eurosport's coverage in the 1990s. Martin also worked for NBC and Speed TV on the American Le Mans Series for five seasons, adding to his sportscar knowledge.
As much of a regular in the commentary box as he was on the podium, David Leslie has made a seamless transition from racer to commentator and is a key member of Motors TV's team. David enjoyed an impressive career having started racing Karts at the age of 12 and continuing into single seaters, sports cars and touring cars. He has also competed at Le Mans on no fewer than 10 occasions including some factory drives for the likes of Jaguar and Aston Martin, among others.
An endurance racing specialist, Marino is to sports cars what his brother Dario is to Indy Cars. With vast experience in the ALMS, Grand Am, Le Mans Series and FIA GT Championships', Marino is another talented racer to join the Motors TV team this year.
Experienced motorsport television presenter Diana Binks returns to Le Mans where she has previously reported live from the pits for 22 Hours for American TV network Speed Channel. Currently Diana fronts late night sport on Five as well as presenting and reporting on the British F3 and GT Championships for Channel 4 and Motors TV as well as the BTCC and its support series live for Setanta Sports. In 2007 Diana will use her huge motorsport knowledge in the Le Mans pit lane, getting exclusive stories from the drivers' and teams'.
Carlton has been a television broadcaster and sports commentator for the past 20 years. Formerly with the BBC and ITV, he has become a recognised motorsports voice covering just about all major championships and events including the Dakar Rally, Indy 500, Champcar, NASCAR, Le Mans, WRC, as well as Speedway GP and more. His distinctive style combines authority and enthusiasm with a sense of wit and good humour.
Producer and motorsport historian Neville Hay joins the commentary in 2007 to impart his vast array of knowledge of the Le Mans 24 Hours to viewers. Neville has huge experience as both a radio and TV commentator stretching back three decades having covered Le Mans, Formula One, Indianapolis and the Bathurst 24 Hours throughout a distinguished career.
Formerly FIA World Sportscar Championship Coordinator, responsible for running Group C throughout the 1980s. Chris was a marshal before racing a Mini Cooper S in the British Saloon Car Championship. His special interest is now classic racing and has commentated on the Le Mans Legends race for the past three years, as well providing expert opinion on Motors TV's ALMSA and LMS coverage.
Newest addition to the team, Samantha Park has raced Karts at National level and was set to race in Formula BMW when she broke her leg in a karting accident. Over the past two years she has become a familiar face on Motors TV, presenting the Motors TV UK Karting Challenge. Samantha will join Diana in the pits during the race.