Le Mans: Hong Kong driver in historic tilt

22nd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

HONG KONG, May 22, 2007 (AFP) - Hong Kong will be represented at the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race for the first time this year, it was announced on Tuesday.

HONG KONG, May 22, 2007 (AFP) - Hong Kong will be represented at the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race for the first time this year, it was announced on Tuesday.

Hong Kong resident Matthew Marsh will race a Ferrari 430 GT bearing the territory's Bauhinia flag as part of a three-man team after winning an elusive entry to the endurance race.

"In 75 years of Le Mans, there has never before been a driver from Hong Kong -- but there will be this year," said Marsh, 38.

For the British-born former Carrera Cup Asia champion, who failed to gain entry with an all-Hong Kong team two years ago, the June 16-17 race is the culmination of a 20-year dream.

As well as being the 75th Le Mans race, it comes 10 years after Hong Kong's reunification with China and in Ferrari's 60th anniversary year.

"I first visited Le Mans 20 years ago, as a spectator," Marsh said.

"There have been times when I thought I would never achieve this ambition but this year, with the special anniversaries for Le Mans, for Ferrari and for Hong Kong, the stars seem to have been aligned."

Marsh, Sweden's Carl Rosenblad and Italian Fabrizio de Simone will drive for Italy's GPC Sport in the event, which is won by the team that covers the greatest distance in 24 hours.


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