The Motor Sports Association (MSA) congratulates the three British drivers who stood on each step of the 81st Le Mans 24 Hours podium yesterday (Sunday 23 June): winner Allan McNish, runner-up Anthony Davidson and third-placed Oliver Jarvis.
McNish’s victory was his third in the world-famous endurance event, following wins in 1998 and 2008. The former Formula 1 driver, from Dumfries in Scotland, shared his Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Loïc Duval and nine-time winner Tom Kristensen.
Davidson, from Hemel Hempstead, took second place in Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid alongside Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin.
Lucas di Grassi and Marc Gené partnered Jarvis to third place for Audi. It was the second podium in a row for the Cambridgeshire racer, following another third place in 2012.
Nick Bunting, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Britain has arguably the most enviable track record in international motor sport, with the Le Mans 24 Hours being no exception. The MSA was delighted to see Allan McNish, Anthony Davidson and Oliver Jarvis write yet another chapter of that success story on Sunday by taking their places on the podium following a hard-fought and eventful race on the Circuit de la Sarthe.”
The race itself was overshadowed by the death of 34-year-old Danish driver Allan Simonsen, a highly respected sportscar racer and a regular in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
“The MSA was shocked by the news of Allan Simonsen’s accident,” said Bunting. “Safety and risk management are key components of modern motor sport, but the sport will always carry an inherent risk, as was so tragically demonstrated on Sunday. We send our sincere condolences to Allan’s family and friends at this difficult time.”