RACING driver Alexander Sims will make his debut in the famous Le Mans 24 hour race tomorrow.
Sims, from Wansford, will compete in the ultra-competitive LMP2 class for the Status Grand Prix team, and after test days at the French track earlier this month he is eager for race day.
“It is great to be in Le Mans getting everything ready for Saturday’s race,” he said this week.
“The atmosphere has been building and building since we arrived last Saturday and it is clear that it’s going to be a very special experience racing here.
“It was amazing to see how many people turned up for scrutineering on Monday. If that crowd size is anything to go by, it is going to be spectacular for the race itself.”
Qualifying was due to finish yesterday with a rest day before the race tomorrow afternoon’s green light.
Sims, who will be up against 21 former Formula 1 drivers including Alexander Wurz, Kazuki Nakajima and Giancarlo Fisichella, added: “This is my first time racing at Le Mans and I’m really looking forward to getting out on track. It is going to be a very challenging race.
“It will be the first time I have raced at night but we have a lot of running to do between now and the weekend which will give me the chance to learn the track and experience running a car at night.
“My teammates and I are working well together. It is a new experience working in a team where you are all pulling together to help each other go faster but that is what makes this type of racing special.
“The race is a massive test on the car and the drivers. Twenty four hours of continual racing at speeds of up to 150mph means concentration and reliability are paramount. We’ll be overtaken by the faster LMP1 cars from factory teams Toyota and Audi but then we will be overtaking the slower Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martins. “I hope I get a chance to seriously race some of the ex-F1 drivers that are in the race.”
There will be live television coverage on Eurosport and commentary via Radio Le Mans (www.radiolemans.com).