Martin & Alex Brundle

Former F1 driver turned BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle will pair up with his son Alex at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 52-year-old – who drove for the likes of Tyrrell, Brabham, Ligier, McLaren and Jordan between 1984 and 1996 – will co-drive with his 21-year-old son in a Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport LMP2 prototype, winner of its class at this year’s classic endurance race.

It’s not the first time that Brundle Sr has fronted for Nissan at the classic race at La Sarthe; he fronted Nissan’s official works entry in 1997, piloting a R390 GT1. He has previously won the great race, winning the 1990 event in the iconic Silk Cut Jaguar.

“This is an unexpected pleasure, heightened by the fact I will be team-mates with my son,” a thrilled Brundle beamed.

“I’m eagerly anticipating a very special feeling when handing the car over to Alex during one of the world’s greatest motor races. Class victory in front of the fanatical Le Mans spectators is the goal.”

His son Alex is no slouch behind the wheel, and is steadily working his way up the open-wheel motorsport ranks, finishing as the top British driver in this year’s FIA Formula 2 championship.

The pair has raced together previously, most notably co-piloting a Radical sports car, as well as racing against each other in the Formula Palmer Audi championship.

Other famous father-son pairings at the 24 Hours of Le Mans include Mario and Michael Andretti, as well as a short-lived partnership between Nigel Mansell and his sons Leo and Greg, which ended when Nigel crashed out on the opening lap of the 2009 race.

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Richard Bailey

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