Marino Franchitti hopes for Scots domination in Le Mans

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Bathgate’s Marino Franchitti bids to wrestle the headlines from his brother, multiple IndyCar champ Dario, and cousin, F1 ace Paul di Resta, by standing on the top step of the podium at Le Mans this weekend.

And the 34-year-old admits there’s a strong chance Scots could occupy the top step of the podium for all three main classes in the world’s most famous 24-hour race. Two-time winner Allan McNish from Dumfries is favourite to win the race overall in his Audi, Franchitti is favourite in the LMP2 class and the Aston Martin of Kirkcaldy’s Peter Dumbreck contests the GTE Pro class.

“I really hope Allan wins overall,” Franchitti said, minutes before taking his Level 5 Motorsport Honda out on to the 8.45-mile street circuit. “Peter topped the timesheets during official practice in his Aston, so I think his car’s the one to beat in GTE Pro, and we’re definitely in with a shout in LMP2. We Scots have a genuine chance of winning all three classes.”