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Devlin's dream day approaches

PUBLISHED: 17:28 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 14:34 14 July 2010

Ben Devlin

Ben Devlin

Ben Devlin will be fulfilling a long-held ambition when he lines up on the grid for this year's Le Mans 24 hours race on Saturday.

The Attleborough racer received a late call-up to race the Peterborough built Radical SR9 LMP2 sports car at the famous French event.

Ben Devlin will be fulfilling a long-held ambition when he lines up on the grid for this year's Le Mans 24 hours race on Saturday.

The Attleborough racer received a late call-up to race the Peterborough built Radical SR9 LMP2 sports car at the famous French event.

“It's really fabulous to get to race on the famous track having been there as a fan many times” said the local racer who is currently contesting the American Le Mans Series in a Mazda-powered Lola sportscar.

“I can't thank Mazda and the American sponsors BP and Yokahama enough for allowing me the opportunity to take up this drive, it's a great chance to shine at the biggest endurance race in the world.”

Devlin will be partnering Frenchman Marc Rostan and fellow ALMS racer, American Gunnar Jeannette, in the Team Bruichladdich-entered car, powered by an AER turbocharged engine.

The local racer had to quickly jump on a plane to arrive in time to complete the required laps in the recent test day.

“I had ten laps in the car. It's a great package with a good driver line-up and I can't wait for the race as the atmosphere is unbelievable,” said Devlin.

It's not the first time Devlin has raced a Radical having led the Radical SR3 championship in 2006 before missing the final round to race the Team Van Der Steru SR9 at the California Laguna Seca circuit in America.

Andy Burge fulfilled one of his ambitions last weekend when he clinched his maiden victory in the Mazda MX5 championship at Brands Hatch.

The Watton racer showed promise at the previous round at Snetterton when he raced to his first podium in the series, placing second to reigning champion Paul Sheard.

The local racers season got off to the worst possible start when the engine

cam timing slipped at the first race of the year and he trailed in a dead last and despondent.

Sheard beat Burge to pole position but the local racer led for most of the opening race, apart from a couple of laps midway through, to take his first championship victory.

Race two saw Burge start from fourth place but fell to the rear of the pack after a poor start.

Thereafter he chased up though the field to finish in sixth place.

Halesworth's Colin Wright continued his winning habit in Class B of the URS Classic Formula Ford 2000 Championship at the Kent track.

Wright easily won his category by finishing in 11th place overall, just ahead of Ken Thorogood of Wymondham, the series sponsor who runs a Class A Van Diemen.

The Hingham pairing of Neil Chilleystone and Gordon Russell had another good run in the former's Porsche 944 in the latest CSCC Future Classics race at the Rockingham Speedway.

The local pair finished the near 50 mile race third in class and eighth overall delighted to have beaten, by one place, the similar car of local rival Robert Hollyman of Norwich.

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