In a thrilling race Thame driver Jonny Kane helped steer his Strakka Racing team to finish 6th in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Le Mans.
Kane and teammates, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts, came from 36th on the starting grid to finish a magnificent 6th and boost their title challenge while also winning the LMP1 Privateers’ award for being the first private team to finish.
Kane said: “That was the most changeable conditions of any of the ten Le Mans I’ve done before by a long way. It was very tricky, lots of people were spinning in front of you and trying to choose the right tyre was all very difficult.
“So this really feels like a brilliant win, because we had to work very hard for it. Victory in LMP1 Privateers’ certainly didn’t come easy, so it makes the win all the more special.
“Crashing in qualifying was a big set back for us and it was a bit unfortunate.
“I don’t make many mistakes and it really upsets me when I do – plus it took a lot of our spares out of action.”
Watts quickly moved Strakka from 36th to 13th in three laps before settling into 8th place. Nick took on the more challenging conditions when temperatures were at their coldest before Kane took over.
The Thame driver showed no side effects of a 128.6mph crash into a barrier in qualifying to put in another stunning performance and take the chequered flag.
Strakka’s success on the track was overshadowed by the tragic accident that claimed the life of Aston Martin Racing Team driver Allan Simonsen.