Brundle and son: Taking on Le Mans

Brundle and son: Taking on Le Mans

The Brundle name returns to Le Mans in 2012 as former winner Martin joins son Alex in an attack on the LMP2 class. But as Sam Tremayne found out, the race means more to the duo than a chance to compete as a father and son combo

The opening hour of the 2001 Le Mans 24 Hours had it all: torrential rain, big crashes, safety cars and chaos in the pits. Amidst the carnage, and by virtue of an exceptional drive and an adherence to the mantra of keeping the car on the grey stuff, Martin Brundle took an unlikely lead – the first time Bentley had been at the front of a Le Mans race for more than 70 years.

That Brundle was eventually reeled in by the faster Audis was perhaps inevitable; that he still managed to keep the Bentley in the fight for the lead almost three hours in to the race was a testament to his skill on one of the world's most fearsome circuits.

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