Magnussen: The goal is to win Le Mans with my Dad

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High-Class Racing will field an all-star line-up at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Round 4 of the FIA WEC, with father and son pairing of Jan and Kevin Magnussen set to drive for the Danish team.

Both Jan and Kevin will be joined in the No. 49 LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson by their fellow Danish countryman, Anders Fjordbach.

The team are also fielding a second car, the No. 20 Oreca driven by Dennis Andersen, Ricky Taylor and Marco Sørensen.  The No. 20 car is the only High-Class Racing entry eligible to score WEC World Championship points

It will mark Jan’s 23rd Le Mans with the endurance racing expert having taken four category wins over the years but it will be Kevin’s debut at the legendary 24-hour race, however one he is more than familiar with, having witnessed his Dad race there on many occasions during his childhood.

“Of course the goal is to win but we know it’s going to be extremely competitive,” explained 28-year-old Kevin.  “LMP2 has some teams which are really fast and have great driver line ups but we ought to go to win or there’s no point.

“It’ll be great fun to race with my Dad but we’re there to win! We were testing the High-Class car recently which went really well and it was very interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts on the car and their feedback.

“I’m feeling excited!” added Kevin who quit Formula 1 at the end of last season, after six years in the top flight with McLaren Renault and Haas.

Magnussen senior who seemed destined for a great F1 career, at the time he was breaking through, never got going with McLaren nor Stewart thereafter. However, he has since become a legend of endurance racing with four Le Mans victories with Corvette Racing on his impressive CV.

That the two are pairing up is the stuff race drivers dream about – father and son gunning for victory in the same team at the world’s greatest sportscar race.

Jan explained: “We have always been a racing family, have talked about racing and been to each other’s races but, until now, there hasn’t been an opportunity to race together and it’s going to be really exciting.

“We had a test in Spain a little while back and, together with our teammate Anders [Fjordbach], everyone’s feedback on the car was very similar. I think my experience in GTs gives me the edge on mechanical feedback while Kevin’s F1 years gives him the edge on aerodynamic feedback.

“We can’t wait to put it all into practice,” added 48-year-old Magnussen senior.

The 2021 edition is the 89th running of the always legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, takes place from 21-22 August in the heart of the Sarthe near the river of the same name.

Notably, the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans was won by the French father-and-son pairing of Louis and Jean-Louis Rosier driving a privately entered Talbot-Lago.

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TV COVERAGE

EUROPE

  • French TV channel La chaine L’Equipe will broadcast the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race will be broadcast live on La chaine L’Equipe starting at 13h30 local time on Saturday until 18h45, then again from 21h10 to 02h00. Coverage will continue on Sunday from 06h00 to 17h30.
  • The whole race will also be broadcast live on Eurosport across all of Europe including France, Germany and the UK On Wednesday 18 August, Qualifying will shown from 18h45 CEST / 17h45 BST to 20h10 / 19h10 BST and Free Practice 2 will be shown from 21h50 to 00h10.
  • On Thursday 19 August, viewers will be able to watch Free Practice 3 from 13h50 to 17h10, Hyperpole from 20h50 to 21h45 and Free Practice 4 from 21h45 to 00h10. On Saturday 21 August, the warm-up will be televised from 09h15 to 10h00.
  • Elsewhere there will be various other boradcasters showing the race live including TV2 Denmark, RTL Nitro in Germany, RTL in Netherlands and ViaSat Sport in Scandinavia.

REST OF WORLD

  • Fox Sports will show the race live in South America, while Motortrend will broadcast the whole race in the USA, with Velocity and Discovery taking the majority of the 24 hours in Canada.
  • In Asia, there will be full coverage from J Sports in Japan and Tencent in China.
  • SuperSport is the broadcaster in Africa with the full race scheduled live on their channels.
  • Finally, Eurosport also have a pan-regional deal across Asia.

ON THE OFFICIAL FIA WEC APP

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  • The app has English commentary on its live transmissions and official WEC highlights shows, with 2013 World Endurance Champion Allan McNish giving his expert insights. McNish will be joined by an expanded commentary team for Le Mans including Martin Haven, Graham Goodwin, Darren Turner, Oliver Gavin and David Addison. Meanwhile, Louise Beckett and Duncan Vincent will support the team from the pitlane.
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