The 2019 edition of the 24 Hour of Le Mans will give Indian fans something to cheer about. India’s Arjun Maini from Bengaluru will make his Le Mans debut this year competing in the LMP2 category Maini will be racing for the British team RLR Msport. Backed by J.K.Racing, the 21-year-old will share his racing duties with gentleman driver John Ferraro and the experienced Frenchman Norman Nato (former Formula 2 winner).
The only other Indian drivers who have been part of Le Mans are Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok. For the uninitiated, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the biggest races in the year. With a history that dates back to 1923, Le Mans has over 150 drivers racing across various classes. This year, the endurance race will be held on 15 and 16 June.
Speaking about his Le Mans debut, Arjun Maini said, "Competing in one of motorsport's biggest races is crazy! The atmosphere during testing alone was something special and I can hardly wait for the actual race weekend. The biggest challenge I will face is the fact that I will be in the car much longer than in any of my previous races and I hope to be as consistent as possible as this will be key in gaining a good result. Another interesting aspect of endurance racing is navigating through traffic. I'm managing my expectations for this race as 24 hours is a very long time in motor racing and anything can happen. Obviously, I'm looking to do my best and bring in a positive result for both myself and the team; that being said I also want to make the most of this opportunity as it's not every day you get to be a part of a historic race such as this."