Kirkcaldy duo set for famous 24 hour race

Peter Dumbreck from Kirkcaldy will race the Aston Martin #97 car at the Le Mans 24 this weekend.

Peter Dumbreck from Kirkcaldy will race the Aston Martin #97 car at the Le Mans 24 this weekend.

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ONE of the most famous sports car endurance races in the world takes place this weekend, and two Kirkcaldy drivers will be there.

Peter Dumbreck and Jonny Adam are both part of the Aston Martin Racing team hoping to mark its 100th year in motorsport with a victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour.

Dumbreck (39), born and brought up in Dysart, will be behind the wheel of the number 97 Vantage GTE, while former Balwearie High School pupil Adam (28) has been called up as a reserve driver.

Dumbreck will compete in the Pro category and share the car with Darren Turner, a former Le Mans winner, and Stefan Mucke, while Adam will be on stand-by to make his Le Mans debut if required.

Dumbreck will be contesting the Le Mans 24 for a sixth time, having enjoyed a career-high sixth place finish with JRM Racing in the Honda LMP1 car last year.

It will also be his second 24-hour race in a month after he contested the Nurburgring 24 in May, finishing in 16th place in the GT3 class with Falken Porsche.

Dumbreck is a household name in world motorsport, but he is particularly famous around the Le Mans 24 having been involved in one of the event’s most spectacular crashes.

He made front page headlines across the world in 1999 when he miraculously escaped serious injury when an aerodynamic fault saw his Mercedes lift off the track, and somersault into trees at 200mph.