Archie Hamilton (22, Basingstoke) will race in the Le Mans 24 Hours, 60 years after his grandfather, Duncan Hamilton, won the legendary event. Archie will join the G Drive Racing by Delta-ADR team in an Oreca 03 Nissan.
Archie has raced cars since 2007, working his way up from Formula Ford through to Formula Renault where he became vice-champion in the BARC series, Porsche Carrera Cup and most recently International GT Open in which he finished third in the GTS class in 2012. Archie has varied experience through occasional drives including Le Mans Prototype testing in the USA, driving a Lamborghini in the Dubai 24 Hours and winning the City Challenge in the Porsche Supercup class. 2012 saw him selected as an Academy Driver by the Motorsport Association and being awarded Rising Star status by the British Racing Drivers Club. Archie previously finished on the Le Mans podium in the junior class of the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup France supporting the main race.
Duncan Hamilton, Archie’s grandfather, contested Le Mans nine times. Most famously he won in 1953 co-driving a works C-Type Jaguar with Tony Rolt.
“This has been my dream for a long time. While it will be my first attempt it won’t be my last but making my debut in the year of my grandfather’s anniversary makes it very special.
“While every car is different I don’t expect it to be too dissimilar from the prototypes I’ve driven before. It’s amazing to join such a professional team. The team and car are a great combination and I’m really looking forward to the whole Le Mans experience. I’m really pleased to have Paul Thomas as my engineer and Simon Dowson managing the team. From the first time I visited the squad I knew they were the best in LMP2. Alan [Docking] was a big part of my attraction to the squad with all his experience.
“Obviously winning is the goal but so much can happen. To finish in my first year would be brilliant – anything after that would be an amazing bonus. I will do my best to look after the car, drive consistently and work with the team to get the best result possible. I will do everything I can to make my family proud of me for following my grandfather’s driving line.”