PETER Dumbreck is the boy who grew up on a mushroom farm in Kirkcaldy, and went on to achieve a global reputation in motorsport.
At the age of 39, he has just completed yet another season at the top level of racing, driving a Honda prototype in the prestigious FIA World Endurance Championship.
Dumbreck co-piloted the JRM Racing team, along with fellow drivers Karum Chandhok and David Brabham, to third place in the privateers class, and 10th in the overall championship.
It was a decent result in the team’s debut season in the championship, but Dumbreck had hoped for better.
“We expected to do a bit better than we did,” Dumbreck told the Press.
“We wanted to win the privateers class, but we got off to a slow start, and spent a lot of time tinkering with set-ups.
“We expected to come on strong towards end of the year and that’s what happened, finishing second in both of the last two races.
“Had we started the season with the knowledge we’ve now got, winning the championship would have been a possibility.
“But it was the team’s first foray into endurance racing so it’s been a learning experience.”
The highlight of Dumbreck’s season was his sixth place finish at the Le Mans 24-hour.
“I’ve been to Le Mans five times now, so it was great to finally get a good result,” he said.
“There were two Toyotas and four Audis on the track, and it’s almost impossible to beat these guys because they are so reliable.
“But it was really great to finally finish the race in a strong position.”
Dumbreck, whose famous somersault crash at Le Mans in 1999 made headlines across the world, has enjoyed his return to sports prototypes, after competing in GT cars in recent years.
“This is the closest thing you’ll get to racing F1 cars,” he said. “They are designed with a lot of down-force and strong engines.
“We’re racing at speeds of almost 200mph on three different parts of the circuit at Le Mans.
“It’s like my career has gone full circle.”
The question now for Dumbreck is whether he will return for a second crack at the WEC with JRM Racing in 2013.
“That’s the question I’ve been asking the boss,” he said. “The budget is crazy money so if he can get sponsorship for part of it, he’ll fund the rest and we’ll go again next year.
“If not, I’ve got my eyes open to see what else is out there. It’s always a roulette game over the winter and I’ll just try to make the right decision for myself.
“I would like to stay with JRM. I’m in my third year with them, and such continuity is very rare in motorsport.
“I still have a deal with Falken Tyres to race at the Nurburgring 24, but I’ll be looking to get myself tied up for the whole season.”