Gene to miss Le Mans due to Ferrari commitments

Marc Gene on his way to second position in the 2014 Le Mans 24-Hour Race
Marc Gene on his way to second position in the 2014 Le Mans 24-Hour Race

Former Buckingham University student, Marc Gene, will not contest this year’s Le Mans 24-Hour Race, writes James Beckett.

The entry list for the 2016-running of the world famous race has been released by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, and Gene’s name is absent.

The 2009 Le Mans race winner is the contracted Scuderia Ferrari F1 official test and reserve driver, and he will be present in Baku for the European Grand Prix that takes places in Azerbijan the same weekend.

Gene last raced at Le Mans in 2014 when he finished second for the Audi Sport team in an Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

He said this week: “I will certainly miss not being at Le Mans this year. It will feel very strange not to be at the circuit for the race.

“I still attended last year despite not driving for Nissan. I have great memories of Le Mans from my first drive in 2007, my victory in 2009 and my second place two years ago.

“Ferrari is my prime focus this season and the manufacturer is represented in the GT classes at Le Mans.

“It will be very exciting to see how the new Ferrari 488 runs at the track. It is a superb car and will feature in the GT class battle for sure.

“Who knows, maybe in the future, I will return to the Le Mans 24-Hours wearing and representing the red of Ferrari!”