Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Tempting Fate?

I realised this week that if the number 2 Audi should win at Le Mans in just over two weeks time, not only would Dindo Capello have the honour of winning the big race on his birthday, but also he would become the oldest ever winner.

The popular Italian is driving better than ever, according to Audi insiders, and he will celebrate his 48th birthday on Sunday, June 17th this year.

He will be keen to make amends for the disappointment of his 43rd birthday, when his Audi R10 lost a wheel when leading, at the approach to Indianapolis at 7:30am.

The previous oldest winner of the race, Luigi Chinetti, did so in June 1949 at the age of 47 years and 11 months, at the wheel of a Ferrari 166 MM.

The other scary fact is that between them, Capello, Kristensen and McNish will this year have 100 years racing experience. Inevitably, they all started racing in karts: Capello in 1976, McNish in 1980 and Kristensen in 1983. No other team of three drivers has raced together so often - this year's race will be the seventh time they have shared a car together at Le Mans.

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