CAME across this interview with Audi Le Mans 24 hours winner, Allan McNish, and rather liked it.
It’s the Scottish driver’s third Le Mans victory and adds to the tally of great British sporting victories that are continuing this summer.
So here it is in paraphrased form for shorter and easier digestion!
1. After the Le Mans winner’s rostrum ceremony, what did you do?
With my other two Audi Le Mans winning co-drivers, taken to make a handprint in clay that is then turned in to bronze, with our signatures. It will be set into the Le Mans town centre pavement and officially unveiled at a ceremony during race week next year.
2. When did you leave the track?
Six hours after the chequered flag had dropped, I left the circuit and went for dinner in the town with some close friends and team-mates.
3. Who was the first person you telephoned after the race?
My Dad and Mum.
4. Where is your Le Mans trophy?
Next to my other Le Mans trophies at home in Monaco. That’s three wins – 1998, 2008, 2013 – two seconds (2000 and 2012) and four thirds (2005/06/09/10).
5. Have you watched a recording of the race on TV?
No! But I lived it live so I know exactly what it was like from start to finish!
6. Who has been the most interesting person to congratulate you on your third LM24 victory?
Six-time cycling Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy, Britain’s most successful Olympian and an MBE.
7. When did you get home to Monaco?
The day after the race – Monday. On arrival, my wife Kelly and I went to the school to collect our children, Finlay and Charlotte.
8. Did you have a “celebration” meal with friends in Monaco?
Unfortunately David Coulthard and Paul di Resta were missing but around 20 of us got together for a shindig. Alex Wurz brought around an Austrian cake – he obviously wants me to put on weight for the remaining WEC races!
9. Since Le Mans, how many full days have you spent in Monaco?