Martin Brundle is going back to Le Mans for the first time since stepping out of the Bentley Speed 8 in 2001. He's won the race before, and taken pole, and in modern terms he's part of the British legend that's intertwined with the race. He's also one of several Brits who've failed to resist the urge to go back (think Allan McNish, Johnny Herbert, Mark Blundell in recent times). And then of course there's Derek Bell!
So 25 years after Brundle made his debut in the world's greatest endurance race, AUTOSPORT caught up with him to share some of his favourite memories ahead of his eighth attempt, this time with Greaves Motorsport's Nissan-powered LMP2 Zytek.
Brundle's first racing experience at Le Mans came in the late 1980s, when Group C was in its heyday. In those days it was traditional for 50,000 patriotic British Jaguar fans to cross the channel, drink copious crates of St Omer purchased from the local Supermarches and cheer loudly until the purple and white cars no longer had any chance of victory. But boy were they loyal - and some more than others!
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