Andy Wallace Q&A

Andy Wallace was a sportscar novice when he was part of Jaguar's first Le Mans win of the modern era in 1988, and last weekend he had the privilege of taking the third place Bentley across the line. It was a typically professional performance from the 40-year-old, who has proved his endurance racing prowess with a string of Daytona and Sebring wins. A second Le Mans victory has proved elusive, but perhaps he can get the job done with Bentley next year. Adam Cooper spoke to him after the flag dropped on the 2001 edition

Andy Wallace Q&A



"We got pretty close in 1995 with the McLaren, leading until and hour and a half from the end. It was a good weekend, but we need to come back and win it now! We knew we had a good car, and we just had to stay on the road and keep our noses clean, which was the difficult part."



"The worst moment was Stefan Johansson spinning in front of me. We were all going fast, and then it rained. We all tried to slow down without sliding off. He slid off, hit the barrier, and his nose flew off and landed on my car! I thought it was going to come through the windscreen, but it knocked the mirror off, and some of it went in the brake ducts. Apart from that, it was OK."



"There were a lot of close ones, but that's what happens in these races. It could have been a disaster when Stefan went off, that could have ended it. Eric [van de Poele] went across the gravel once, but I didn't have any spins, and didn't hit anybody either, so it was pretty good."



"Yes, as soon as it rained we lost the radio. We put three or four different ones in, and we had it back at the end."



"It felt fine, so it wasn't really a big problem. But we were cautious though, we didn't run the tyres for too long. But every time they checked them they were fine.



"I didn't have a clutch, so it was difficult to start! And then I stalled it on the last lap. The Audis were going so slowly, and I couldn't go that slow, so it stalled. I had to start it with my finger on the start button, in gear, and luckily it picked up. I thought I wasn't going to get across the line..."



"Everybody came across from England and wanted to support us, and it was brilliant. It was great to stand there and see all those people. It really built up during the week, and once we started doing OK, it was fantastic."



"All the way round; the Porsche Curves, Arnage, Mulsanne Corner. I waved to as many of them as I could, but all our windows were so dirty, you couldn't see out of them, so I doubt if they saw me..."

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