Guy Martin celebrates podium in Le Mans World Endurance Round
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Tyco Suzuki rider Guy Martin swapped the roads for the Le Mans circuit at the weekend in the 24-hour race, the final round of the World Endurance Championship.
The Lincolnshire rider teamed up with Dylan Buisson and Gwen Giabanni in the Team R2CL Suzuki privateer outfit and the team finished a very credible second in the race, seven laps behind factory backed Kawasaki outfit SRC.
At the end of the race a clearly ecstatic Guy commented: "I'm over the moon; that was mega! It's not about me though - it's about the team, as I was just a passenger. It's all about these boys and they are legends!"
The race was marred by an incident involving the Honda TT Legends team of Simon Andrews, Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness. Andrews was involved in a four bike accident six hours into the race and was taken to hospital. He was later reported to have suffered two broken legs, a broken forearm and shoulder, broken ribs causing a punctured lung and three broken vertebrae in his lower back.
There were mixed fortunes also for Riko Penzcofer's Penz13.com outfit, which also quit the race at around the six hour mark. The team, which included TT rider Steve Mercer, were involved in an incident and sustained a flat tyre and broken rim. Mercer pushed the bike into the pits and was later taken to hospital for observation.
There were better fortunes for Austrian rider Horst Saiger, a TT newcomer in 2013, who finished in fourteenth place with the EWC Team Bollinger Switzerland, two places ahead of fellow TT rider Herve Gantner who was competing for Volpker Team Shubert Motors. Scotland's Jimmy Storrar, who was a TT newcomer in 2012, retired from the race at around the 10 hour mark.
Photocaption: Guy Martin competing in the 2013 Le Mans World Endurance Race. Please credit Kevin Warren at digitalpressimages.com