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The Automobile Club De l’Ouest Pays Homage To Allan McNish
Posted by: newsla on Dec 17, 2013 - 04:03 PM
American Le Mans Series News
The Automobile Club De l’Ouest Pays Homage To Allan McNish

Today 17th December, one of the outstanding figures of the Le Mans 24 Hours has decided to hang up his helmet. Three-time winner of the greatest endurance race in the world in 14 starts, Allan McNish is retiring at the end of a brilliant season marked by a victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship title!


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A few days before his 44th birthday McNish has decided to put an end to his career as a racing driver that began in karts 32 years ago in Scotland.

The Scot, a works Audi driver, has been one of the major players in Le Mans-type endurance racing in the last 15 years winning the Le Mans 24 Hours three times (1998 Porsche, 2008 and 2013 Audi), the 2013 World Endurance Champion title with Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval, as well as three titles in the American Le Mans Series (2000, 2006, 2007), four victories in the Sebring 12 Hours and in the Petit Le Mans, etc.

McNish’s score card at Audi reads 29 victories, 18 pole positions and 17 fastest laps in the races.

“It’s just the right moment to end my career in sports prototype racing,” explains Allan. “Together with my team-mates, Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval, I’ve just enjoyed my best season ever in this branch of the sport capped by my victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. I couldn’t hope to better what we’ve achieved this year.”

McNish will stay in close contact with Audi Sport and will contribute- off the track this time - to the renown of a manufacturer for which he is the only driver to have raced all the sports prototypes ranging from the Audi R8R to the R18 e-tron quattro, as well as the R8, R10 TDI, R15 TDI and the R18 TDI.

The Scot is also an eclectic driver who shone in single-seaters in Formula 1 in which he raced for Toyota, in F3000, F3, Formula Ford, etc. He also drove for Audi in the DTM in 2005.

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “A great driver is retiring today. It’s obvious that Allan McNish’s absence will leave a big hole at the start of the Le Mans 24 as well as in all the FIA World Championship events. But in the big Le Mans endurance family, he will remain one of the greatest ambassadors for a branch of motor sport that he loves so much, which has given him so much and in which he has written some of the greatest chapters in its recent history.”

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