Le Mans Classic: Jenson Button in Group C Racing

Jenson Button, the ex-Formula 1 World Champion (2009) who has never taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hours or Le Mans Classic will drive a 1988 XJR-9. 

Jenson Button Le Mans Classic

Jenson Button has never hidden his desire to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours one day. In the meantime, the English driver will discover Le Mans Classic on 6-7-8 July in the Group C race, a Saturday morning curtain-raiser to the main event. Button raced in Formula 1 from 2000 to 2016 starting 305 grands prix of which he won 15 as well as the world championship title in 2009 at the wheel of a Brawn GP. After a final one-off appearance in the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix replacing Fernando Alonso, the 37-year-old Englishman now seems to be attracted by endurance and historic car racing.  

At Le Mans Classic he will be at the wheel of an XJR-9, a car that in 1988 marked the return of the English make to the winner’s circle in the Le Mans 24 Hours, 31 years after the D-Type’s last victory. In that era there were no chicanes on Les Hunaudières where this sports prototype flirted with the 400-km/h barrier!

Other famous drivers will join Jenson on the track. In 2016, Le Mans Classic brought together 10 former winners of the Le Mans 24 Hours.