ARCHIE HAMILTON MAKES HIS LE MANS PODIUM DEBUT Qualified Overall: 16th Finished: OA: 8th Junior Class: 2nd Winning the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours is Archie Hamilton's career goal, following in the footsteps of his Le Mans winning...
ARCHIE HAMILTON MAKES HIS LE MANS PODIUM DEBUT
Qualified Overall: 16th
Finished: OA: 8th
Junior Class: 2nd
Winning the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours is Archie Hamilton's career goal, following in the footsteps of his Le Mans winning grandfather, and today the 19 year old from Basingstoke had his first race and first podium at the prestigious track in his Porsche Carrera Cup car. The race is a round of the French Matmut Porsche Carrera Cup and is a support race to the 24 Heures du Mans.
Archie's great pace in practice wasn't maximised in qualifying when his best lap was on tyres past their best but his time was still enough to start 16th from a field of over 40 cars.
Today's race was wet and from the eighth row on the grid Archie made a good start but was pushed off the track on the second corner, dropping to 21st place. With just 40 minutes to regain positions Archie focussed on his task, and with his car on top form he set about moving towards the front of the field. One by one he picked off the opposition and crossed the line in eighth overall and second in the Junior class to take his first Le Mans trophy.
"It has been an incredible experience. My grandfather won here in 1957 and my father was so proud he was crying. This is just the start. I'm looking forward to getting back to the rest of my Carrera Cup season in Britain and get as much race experience as I can and hopefully look to secure a seat in the Le Mans 24 Hours next year.
Archie's next event takes place at Croft, North Yorkshire on 19th and 20th June.
-source: archie hamilton