Channel 4 Sport has commissioned independent production company, twofourtv, to make a 5 x 30’ series that will follow the fortunes of Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx as they contest this year’s inaugural Le Mans Endurance series. The series will be broadcast in September and Audi UK have agreed to allow the crew unprecedented access to the drivers and the race team as they push themselves to the limits in their bid to lift the trophy in September.
The sports car community is buzzing with excitement at the prospect of racing in the completely new Le Mans Endurance Series. The Le Mans 24-hour race will remain the centrepiece of the season, but teams will also contest four 1000km races at the classic European circuits of Monza, Nürburging, Silverstone and Spa. Audi UK in conjunction with Veloqx Motorsport, has put together a very strong driver line up for its two-car team which includes two former F1 drivers, Johnny Herbert and Allan McNish, last year’s Le Mans winner Guy Smith, triple Le Mans winner Frank Biela and the younger pair of Pierre Kaffer and Jamie Davies.
The inclusion of British stars Herbert and McNish has already attracted considerable media interest and Audi UK’s motor sport manager David Ingram added; “We are delighted to be able to work with Channel 4 on this. People tend to think motor racing is all about the car and the drivers, but there is so much more to it than that and it is great for us to be able to present that side of the story to Channel 4’s audience.”
“The series will provide viewers with an exclusive insight into what makes a race team tick,” says series producer Hannah Caven “It’s all about the special team atmosphere that endurance racing creates and that includes the part played by the fans. Having covered Audi Sport UK’s Le Mans challenge last year, we can draw on our experience to show something beyond the racing itself.”
The team have already had a winning start to the season with a triumphant 1st and 3rd at the prestigious 12-hours of Sebring in Florida and 1st and 2nd at the first race on the series in Monza. The excitement is now building for the Le Mans 24-hour race, which is the single biggest British motoring event of the year with more people travelling to France for the weekend than attend the British Grand Prix. Provisionally scheduled for transmission on consecutive weekends in September, the series is bound to provide a very special account of sports car racing from the team's perspective.Published 27 May 2004