The paralysed former GP star making at statement in the…

This weekend will see the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours kick off with 62 cars setting off at 16.00 Saturday afternoon to battle it out around-the-clock for arguably the single greatest prize in four-wheel motorsport.

Even if you are ‘two wheels until you die’, there is no denying the mystique and heritage of an event that has been going now for 89 years, always at the same circuit, always 24 hours.

Indeed, anyone who may have gotten the chance to indulge in the Endurance World Championship with its 24 hours races at Le Mans and Magny-Cours will understand that majesty of watching bikes disappearing into sunset vistas, soaking up the sensations of throbbing action in the wee small hours and the widening weary eyes as motorcycles cut through a dewy morning.

In short, 24 hour races are an assault on the senses – good and bad. After all, what seemed like an excellent idea to stay awake throughout nearly always comes to a halt at around 4am despite eating 18 packets of crisps and your own weight in Haribo. I may be talking from experience here…

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