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Le Mans Classic: Paddock News & Notes 1

Eduardo Flagging? Two Graham Goodwins, Presidential Panoz!

Freitas Back In His Element

It’s not only classic and historic cars that were on display at the weekend’s Le Mans Classic, Marshals Post 50 (Mulsanne) featured the welcome return to trackside at Le Mans from current FIA WEC Race Director Eduardo Freitas and his great friend Rui Marques, 25 years after serving there for the great race.

Graham Goodwin, No Not THAT Graham Goodwin!

In response to a number of keen-eyed DSC readers, the Editor was forced to hunt down the driver of the #60 Talbot 105 to prove that there are indeed two Graham Goodwin’s in sportscar racing!

Graham (right) did phenomenally well in his first trip to the Le Mans circuit finishing in the top ten in three of the five Plateau 1 races to score a 12th place finish in the group.

Get Your Skates On

Since the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours the circuit, albeit in it’s short ‘Bugatti’ format, has hosted another 24 Hour race – for Roller skaters! The event sees huge numbers both participating and attending with several events, including a full 24 Hour team enduro, on track concurrently. Only the main 24 Hours of Le Mans and the LM Classic (which takes place every two years), use the full circuit.

Fillon In

In addition to racing in both 4 (in a 1965 Lotus Elan with brother and ex-French Prime Minister Francois) and in plateau 3 (in a 1959 Lotus Elite alongside Jota Sport co-owner Davi Clark), ACO President Pierre Fillon made a surprise appearance in the Global Endurance Legends session on Saturday morning at the wheel of the brutal Panoz Esperante GTR.

It’s fair to say he was suitably impressed “So, so fast,” said a hot but not at all bothered Mr Fillon post-session, “the entry here is very, very impressive, we expected 20, maybe 30 cars and they have brought over 70, with cars of huge quality and with so much interest from the fans.”

It would be fair to say that the Legends paddock drew attention from several interesting quarters. Watch this space!   

Fatal Accident For Spectator En Route

Le Maine Libre brought news yesterday of a fatal road accident befalling a British couple en route to Le Mans Classic, a head on collision leaving the passenger, a woman in her 60s – dead and the driver in intensive care.