Will Stevens contests the Le Mans 24 Hours next weekend (17-18 Jun) aiming to score a podium finish for the second consecutive year. The 25-year-old ex-Formula One driver competes with British team, JMW Motorsport, alongside Le Mans “rookies” Rob Smith (GB) and Dries Vanthoor (B) in a brand new Ferrari 488 GTE competing for GTE Am class honours.
Will is racing for JMW, a GTE sportscar and in a Ferrari all for the very first time but is nevertheless convinced a repeat podium finish is achievable. Stevens claimed a second place in the LMP2 class with G-Drive Racing on his Le Mans début last June. JMW briefly shook down its new Ferrari for the first time at Adria late last month (26 May) days before Stevens plus Smith and Vanthoor, drove it for the first time also at the Italian venue. The trio continued their acclimatisation at the “official” Le Mans test recently (4 Jun) with Stevens quickly getting up to pace and feeling comfortable in the car. Will was not present all day at Le Mans as he, and Vanthoor, had a Blancpain Sprint Cup race at Zolder (B) on the same day – a race Stevens duly won.
Will Stevens (GB): Lives: Surrey, England. Aged 25.
“Le Mans last year was a great experience and I’m so happy to be going back this year especially as we’ll be in a position to bid for GTE-Am honours. There’s not much not to enjoy about Le Mans – I guess the biggest negative would be the lack of sleep! The entire race week starting at scrutineering adds to the atmosphere, the drivers’ parade, the starting procedure on the grid, just continues to build the excitement.
“I feel I’ve now transitioned well to sportcars and GTs from my single-seater background. Endurance racing is obviously a different philosophy and I enjoy the team effort. My first experience of Le Mans was fantastic, claiming a podium was one of the highlights of last season for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge again with Dries and Rob. I’m very grateful to JMW for giving me the opportunity. I hadn’t met Rob until the first test we had with the Ferrari late last month while I know Dries very well as I’m sharing an Audi R8 with him in the Blancpain Endurance Cup this year. My first impressions of the Ferrari are very positive. I’m certain that we have a very competitive package and that we should be bidding for a podium result.”
Source. Martyn Pass