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12/06/2019 - 11:01

24 Hours of Le Mans - Bruno Senna (Rebellion Racing): "a fantastic anniversary"

In 2009, Bruno Senna raced his first 24 Hours of Le Mans behind the wheel of an Oreca LMP1 prototype. Ten years on, he’s one of the biggest names in endurance racing with a 2017 LMP2 win under his belt. We chatted to him about his milestone anniversary.
24 Hours of Le Mans - Bruno Senna (Rebellion Racing): "a fantastic anniversary"

Over the last decade, Bruno Senna has ticked all the boxes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in terms of classes and endurance: LMP1 with Oreca in 2009, LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am with Aston Martin Racing in 2013 and 2014, LMP2 in 2016 and 2017, then back to LMP1 for the WEC Super Season.

How has your approach to Le Mans changed over the past ten years?

Experience makes a really big difference in this race. Ten years ago, I was fresh; it was only my fifth year of motor racing. Now, fifteen years make all the difference. I’ve been coming to Le Mans on a regular basis since 2013 and now I know what to expect, things come a bit more naturally. So this tenth anniversary is fantastic, I hope we get a good result this year.

When you were an Aston Martin factory driver in LMGTE Pro, you battled for the class lead at Le Mans…

That was great. The car was fun to drive and we really enjoyed ourselves, since battling is always fun in LMGTE Pro. In 2014, Gimmi Bruni’s Ferrari and I were fighting pretty hard for the lead. It was a shame that the race came to an end because of an issue with the car.

Winning Le Mans with a great fight is what really matters.
Bruno Senna

How important was the regulation change in the LMP2 class when you came back to prototype racing?

The previous generation of LMP2s was too slow on the straights, it was really hard to handle the traffic with the GTs. The new generation is so fast it was difficult for the LMP1s to deal with the P2s, but when you are a driver, you always want to drive the fastest car, and the new generation LMP2 is a fantastic car. It was really nice to come back to endurance racing in 2016 – we had a good year with a new team. And 2017 was even better, winning the LMP2 title with Rebellion. Moving up to LMP1 was a tough season for us, but we will fight for a podium position here at Le Mans this year.

Do you see your future in endurance racing driving prototypes or would you also consider a factory drive in GT?

It’s difficult to know what will happen in the future, but I think the championship will be strong. As for me, I really enjoy driving prototypes and I also had great fun with GTs when I came back to endurance racing. Anyway, the races are currently superb. That said, an overall victory at Le Mans is an overall victory, but a class win is also enjoyable with a proper race and a good fight on the track. That’s what gives you most pleasure. Winning Le Mans with a great fight is what really matters.

PHOTO - LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE, SCRUTINEERING, SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2019. After finishing fourth in 2018, Bruno Senna has his sights set on his first Le Mans podium in 2019.

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