Whizzo Williams in action at Le Mans

Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams at speed in the Mini Marcos last weekend
Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams at speed in the Mini Marcos last weekend

Turweston’s Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams drove one of 55 cars that took the start of Saturday’s Le Mans Legend race for historic cars at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The local racing celebrity teamed up with Josh Sadler at the wheel of Mini Marcos GT for the 45 minute race that opened the race programme prior to the 83rd-running of the Le Mans 24-Hours.

An early incident in the race put Williams in the gravel, but he recovered to rejoin the track and the race – only to retire the car a few laps later. Prepared by Evenley’s RW Racing Services, the Marcos was joined in the team stable for the weekend by an AC Cobra driven by Michael Squires, who finished eighth.

The race was won by the Ford GT40 of Bernard Thuner and Claude Nahum. A second Ford GT40 was second, driven by Andrew Smith and James Cottingham, with the Shelby Cobra of Ludovic Caron third. CB/JB