Archie Hamilton is unlike most young racing drivers. Rather than having a goal to be a Formula One driver, he has a passion to win the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Archie was born into a racing family and knew from an early age that he wanted to race. Duncan Hamilton (‘Papa’) was Archie’s grandfather, and winner of the Le Mans epic in 1953 co-driving a works C-Type Jaguar with Tony Rolt. Archie’s father is Adrian Hamilton who succeeded Duncan in the family business which sells and brokers historic competition cars. Adrian is no stranger to being in the driving seat, having raced a GT40 himself.
Archie started driving competitively at the age of eleven in karts, progressing to cars five years later, in 2007, when he won on his Formula Ford debut at Silverstone. In the following four seasons, Archie has driven in Formula Renault and Porsche Carrera Cup championships and a variety of supplementary drives to extend his experience in different formulas. In 2010 Archie took a podium finish at the Le Mans circuit in the Porsche Carrera Cup race supporting the 24 Hour race, a major step towards his ultimate dream. 2011 saw Archie return to Formula Renault to hone his racing skills in preparation for his switch to endurance racing.
Archie had a very successful 2012 season competing in
the International GT Open winning many races and
scoring several podiums. Archie also made his debut in
the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca for the
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team in the LMPC
prototype class. In 2013 Archie made the step
up to Super GT in the International GT Open
with Drivex Porsche in their Porsche 997 RSR
GT2, a fire while leading the race overall at
Jerez brought the season to an early end in
that category. 60 years on from when Duncan
Hamilton won Le Mans in 1953 for Jaguar Archie
made his debut in the Le Mans 24 hours at the
wheel of a LMP2 Oreca Nissan with the G Drive
team, unfortunately his team mate crashed the car
in the night meaning an early retirement for the team.