by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 15
THE secret to endurance racing is team work. Not just between driver and mechanics, but also between the drivers who share the car. So, there was considerable interest among observers of this race as to the fortunes of the number 19 Chamberlain Synergy Motorsport Lola, which featured the first ever husband and wife driver pairing at Le Mans. Bob Berridge is no stranger to the 24 hours. He’s raced a Lola the previous two years. But this was a first for his wife, TV presenter Amanda Stretton. Starting 23rd, the team was unfortunate to pick up an early puncture, dropping them down to 37th. But the real problems started in the fourth hour. Stretton had been behind the wheel of the car for less than a lap when it snapped violently sideways into the wall. “It wasn’t Amanda,” said team boss Hugh Chamberlain after seeing the incident on TV. “It looks like something in the front suspension failed. The car’s six miles from home, the suspension is damaged and the temperature is 110 degrees. I wouldn’t want to ask any driver to get it back like that.” But get it back she did. “Luckily the team had left a tool kit in the car, so I was able to make makeshift repairs at the side of the road, while they shouted instructions to me from behind the Armco.” The car didn’t survive much longer however, retiring with an engine failure after ninety minutes in the garage. “The husband and wife didn’t do too badly all things considered,” reflected Chamberlain at the end. “They’re still talking to each other …” For better, for worse LE MANS >> 26