Le Mans win for NZ drivers

This is a big win for two New Zealand drivers:  Kiwis Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber win 24 Hours Le Mans race

Kiwi racers Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber have driven Porsche to victory at the 24 Hours Le Mans race, along with German team-mate Timo Bernhard.

As the Porsche No.2 crossed the finish line, there were scenes of relief in the Porsche garage as team members danced around holding up T-shirts with “Hat trick 2015, 2016, 2017” written on them.

“Well done everybody,” an exhausted Bernhard said over team radio. “You’re the best.”

Hartley, who had done much of the hard work to drag Porsche back into the race, was in tears.

“It was unreal. This race is always a roller coaster,” said Hartley, who won it for the first time.

“It was an incredible team effort. I’m going to remember this forever.”

A very good effort.

6 Comments

  1. RRM

     /  June 19, 2017

    Well done for being just about the only NZ blogger to pick up on this.

    It’s not really that much of a big deal, just the biggest individual motor racing event in the world!

  2. Blazer

     /  June 19, 2017

    surprisingly little interest in this victory…..big kiwi history and success in racing.

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  June 19, 2017

    So much sport and so much success at the moment. A victory like this should be given it’s own space, but unfortunately it has been squeezed between under 20’s WC success, Team NZ & the Lions Tour.

    Great result and a huge motorsport achievement.

    I’m not sure why NZ media belittle – or at least minimise – the contribution of overseas members of successful teams. Michael Venus’s partner at the French open was an addendum to his doubles title and the German team-mate here is an afterthought, even though he’s won the event before and was driving when the car won.

    Great job though!

  4. Blazer

     /  June 19, 2017

    I will join the club…of ..downticks for my above post….WTF!

    • Gezza

       /  June 19, 2017

      Don’t worry about it. I’ve been taking a few hits just for saying good morning & that all my experience of little girls is that they like to chat to their dads rather fly aircraft.

      Some odd bastards about, Blazer mate.

      Misanthropists abound. Metals in the water maybe.

  5. Bill Brown

     /  June 20, 2017

    2nd win for the young Earl Bamber in his 2nd attempt

    NZ is full of these kids on the international scene

    Proud day with the NZ history