Martin Brundle may have been away from an F1 cockpit for many years, but the 52-year-old is still painfully competitive and motivated. This is demonstrated by today’s news that he will be joining his 21-year-old son Alex at the wheel of the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport LMP2 prototype at next year’s Le Mans 24-hour epic.
Martin, a previous winner for Jaguar, will thus be reunited with Nissan after the Norfolk driver spearheaded the Japanese company’s official works effort at Le Mans in 1997. Alex, who is a chip off the old block if ever I saw one, will be out to show his Old Man a thing or two in what is one of the most famous events in the motorsport world.
They will also be following Michael and Mario Andretti, Derek and Justin Bell, and Nigel, Greg and Leo Mansell, as the latest father-and-son combination to tackle the gruelling French classic.
Martin commented: “I’m very much looking forward to returning to the Le Mans 24 Hour race with Nissan and the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 team. This is an unexpected pleasure, heightened by the fact I will be team-mates with my son.
“I’m eagerly anticipating a very special feeling when handing the car over to Alex during one of the world’s greatest motor races. Class victory in front of the fanatical Le Mans spectators is the goal.”
Alex added: “I loved driving the Le Mans circuit at this year’s official test day and a chance to compete in the full Le Mans Series, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours, along with my single-seater activities in 2012 is brilliant for my career.
“At Le Mans, my father has been on pole position, led many times and been part of the winning team; this can fast-track my learning process. My thanks go to Nissan and Greaves Motorsport for creating this important opportunity, which I will seize and maximise.”