Disappointing End To Hamilton’s Le Mans Debut

G-Drive Racing will be one of the teams taking Oreca machinery to the test (Credit:: Florent Gooden/DPPI)

Archie Hamilton‘s Le Mans debut ended in disappointment as the #25 G-Drive Racing by Delta-ADR Oreca-Nissan retired after just nine hours of the 24 hour race.

The Brit, who’s grandfather won the famous race, drove a triple stint in the early evening lasting over two hours before an accident, when Hamilton was not at the wheel, meant that the team would not make the finish and only completing 101 laps.

“It’s a huge disappointment to not make it to the finish but that’s the nature of Le Mans,” said Hamilton. “I’ve loved every minute here and am proud to have driven well. It felt very right and I zoned into the night racing so not getting to drive more than my first session is a real shame. My grandfather may have won here 60 years ago but he drove here nine times to get that one victory. I will do everything I can to be back next year. I can understand my grandfather’s passion and am privileged to have had the opportunity to race here.”

“Archie did a great job,” said ADR’s Alan Docking. “His lap times were good. His work in traffic was good. All he needs is more time in the car and he’ll have more speed. He did good. I would most definitely have him back.”