Brundle relishing Le Mans
Martin to team up with son Alex at famous endurance race
Last Updated: February 20, 2012 1:03pm
Like father, like son
Martin Brundle is looking forward to having the "amazing opportunity" of driving alongside his son Alex at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.
The duo, along with Spanish driver Lucas Ordonez, are to compete in the LMP2 category in the Greaves Motorsport-run Zytek Nissan at the famous French track on June 16 and 17.
For Martin, it will represent his first return to the famous race since 2001 when he drove for Bentley, having previously tasted victory with Jaguar in 1990.
But the fact he will have Alex as one of his co- drivers will naturally make it particularly satisfying, although there will still be no room for sentiment over the weekend.
"I suspect it's completely different for the pair of us," Sky Sports F1 HD expert analyst Martin said when asked what it would mean to team up with his son.
"For me, it will be, 'that's my boy'. Helping strap him in the car and sending him off down into the night will be something quite amazing.
"We have stood on the podium three times together which is a great feeling, so as a dad, sharing that incredibly intense experience with your son is something pretty amazing, an amazing opportunity.
"But first and foremost we are there to win the class, there with our racing heads on.
"The misty-eyed father and son bit is the old guilt trip of being away all year, and when he was growing up missing the birthday parties.
"We can all relate to that when we are at grands prix. I think I've done 420 now, but sharing this experience will be quite exceptional."
Brundle junior will be competing the GP3 series for the rest of the year after making the switch from Formula Two, where he finished as the leading Briton in seventh place last season.
"For me it's more of a development in my professional career," Alex said of his drive at Le Mans.
"It's a great opportunity to go to Le Mans, to hopefully understand a bit more about sportscars should my professional career fork that way.
"My mind is focused on taking the professional opportunity to perform well on the stage that I've been offered.
"The fact I'm with my dad is obviously a massive perk, and it also sets my mind at rest that I know my team mate is half-decent.
"I can learn a lot from him and the people around him and the team at the same time. Overall it's an opportunity for me to maximise, and perhaps not quite such a nostalgic feeling as he's having."