Monday, 18 June 2012

Race - Jubilant Ryan


Ryan's in the middle white suit
Speaking after his LMP2 Class victory at Le Mans, Ryan Dalziel from Crossford in Lanarkshire, was quite emotional.

Once you start seeing all the flags it becomes reality that you have completed the Le Mans 24 Hours. Then you realise that you have won – that is when you start welling up. There were definitely a few tears. It brought back the same emotions as at Daytona and Sebring, but for different reasons. This was a special one because I don’t think anyone thought we could come and do it on away turf,” said Ryan.

 “We came here with an unbelievable package and everyone worked so, so hard. There is no weak link in our team. Other teams may be faster or have faster drivers, but no one puts it all together as well as we do. It will take a while to sink in. At the moment I am too tired to think about it,” added Ryan.

 “The car finished the race the way it started. We could almost pack up the car and ship it off to Silverstone. It was a really good job from everybody – the crew did a great job and the drivers did really well to keep it in one piece. Honda have given us a very robust car. This is the biggest win of my career. There is Le Mans and everyone in the world knows what Le Mans is. Then there is Sebring, Daytona, Nurburgring, Dubai and races like that. They are all very good, but they are one tier below Le Mans. They will always be second to Le Mans. And now I can say I am a Le Mans winner and there not too many people who can say that,” concluded Ryan.

Ryan already has wins at the Daytona  24 and 12 Hours of Sebring, under his belt, but this one was special. He’ll be back on ‘home’ soil for the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Six hours of Silverstone’ on August 26.

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