Chandhok finishes sixth on Le Mans debut

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BRACKLEY’S Karun Chandhok, driving for the JRM Racing team, finished sixth overall on his Le Mans debut after becoming the first Indian to compete in the race.

Driving a HPD ARX-03a car for the James Rumsey-owned team, Chandhok was joined in the car by former race winner David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck.

The crew completed 357 laps during the race and a distance of over 4,800km in a faultless performance.

Chandhok’s first experience of race driving at the Circuit de la Sarthe was a triple stint that saw him move the car from 10th to eighth position.

The car lost some time when Peter Dumbreck suffered a puncture while he was driving which shot the car into the gravel, but no major damage was sustained and the car was able to recover and continue.

Further time was lost with a clutch problem but aside from small problems always encountered during such a high-speed race, the team were thrilled with their top six finish.

Chandhok said afterwards: “I have really enjoyed my Le Mans debut. This is such a famous race and to have been part of it feels very special.

“I would like to thank the whole team for their huge effort. Everyone worked so hard to allow the car to run so well and I also wish to thank my driving partners David (Brabham) and Peter (Dumbreck), they both did a great job.”