SCOTLAND’s Allan McNish revelled in the luxury of a “perfect run from start to finish” as he claimed his third victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Dumfries-born McNish completed a personal hat-trick at La Sarthe as the Audi driver took the chequered flag alongside Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval.
“I’m overjoyed – speechless – it’s a fantastic result,” said McNish. “The only problem we had was one puncture, apart from that it was a perfect run from start to finish and you don’t get many of those at Le Mans.”
The battle for victory between the three factory Audis and two works Toyotas played out against the dramatic backdrop of a record 11 safety car periods and a rash of heavy downpours.
The McNish/Duval/Kristensen Audi win was overshadowed, though, by the death of Danish GT driver Allan Simonsen just nine minutes into the race on Saturday. McNish added: “It was a tragic loss of someone who has so much talent and was so young.”