Hughes-Kane-Foster for Embassy at Le Mans
Embassy Racing has announced that it will line-up with three British drivers at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Trusted with the role are 2008 Embassy regulars, Warren Hughes, Jonny Kane and Joey Foster. The team is currently running two Peter Ellerey designed WF01s in the Le Mans Series and at the 1000 kilometres of Monza recently, scored its first ever points as constructors.
About the decision, Team Principal Jonathan France said: “An entry into the Le Mans 24 Hours is the most exciting opportunity for any sportscar racing team. It is, without exception, the world’s most prestigious and charismatic motor race and I needed a driver line-up that would give us the best chance of doing well. The three drivers in Warren, Jonny and Joey represent our strongest possible trio and I have every faith in their ability to produce class leading driving performances. Also, as an independent all British based constructor and with our close relationship to Triumph, the iconic British motorbike manufacturer, I felt it important that this was reflected in those stepping into the car at this year’s Le Mans.”
The most experienced of the Embassy drivers, Warren Hughes has already enjoyed success at Le Mans winning in the LMP2 class and setting the fastest lap. He says: “I am very excited about going to Le Mans with Embassy. The team is organised and determined and we have some of the best people I have worked with in all positions. The WF01 is a new car and has had one or two teething problems which has to be expected. It is clear, though that there is much promise in the car and I am optimistic that this will be revealed at the 24 Hours.”
Jonny Kane, who was teammate to Warren in the 2002 24 Hours is also no stranger to Le Mans and will bring all his talent to bear on the gruelling race: “Le Mans is very special to any driver, but to be able to come with a new team and new constructor adds even more to the occasion. I can’t wait to be a part of it with Embassy and I am confident the car and the team will go well.”
Prototype rookie Joey Foster is the new boy to Le Mans, but his times in the WF01 in this season’s championship so far have shown without doubt that he has the talent and the class to run with the top drivers. About being in the line-up for Le Mans Joey said:
“This is a dream come true for me. I am very grateful to Jonathan and everyone at Embassy who have shown incredible faith and belief in my driving ability. I am blown away by the opportunity but feel that I am up to the task and will do all I can to match the speed and consistency of my more experienced teammates.”
Embassy was unfortunate at the last round of the Le Mans Series in Spa when both cars were involved in non-fault accidents that ended their races prematurely. Throughout the weekend engineering and aero progress had seen them cut the gap to the very best Porsche teams significantly. All this bodes well for an impressive first time at the 24 Hours. The team will leave for France in two weeks time for the first practice day.