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 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.