Bernhard van Oranje to participate in ‘Road to Le Mans’

Bernhard van Oranje to participate in ‘Road to Le Mans’

16.06.2016: Former championship winner Bernhard van Oranje is set to make its debut at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in France.




Former championship winner Bernhard van Oranje is set to make its debut at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in France.


Together with Dutch veteran and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jan Lammers, the Racing Team Holland driver participates in the ‘Road to Le Mans’ race, which is a support programme of the prestigious long distance race.


“It went quite spontaneous. Jan, a good friend, approached me and Le Mans stands high on my bucket list. For that reason, I’m eagerly participating in the support programme ‘Road to Le Mans’.


The registration deadline followed quickly, so there was little time to think about it,” Van Oranje explained.


The Dutchman competes in the Competition GT4 European Series with the Ekris M4 GT4, which he shares with Ricardo van der Ende.


The GT4 vehicle is logically very different to the Le Mans prototype. He was able to drive his first laps at Circuit Park Zandvoort in front of over 100,000 spectators during the ‘Max Verstappen family race days’.


“Let alone the sound. That’s even more impressive from the inside,” Van Oranje smiled. “The LMP3 is very pure racing, no power-assisted steering, no ABS and just driving with a lot of downforce.


I’m not used to that, so I needed to adjust myself accordingly. But it’s really cool and fun to drive.”


Van Oranje can’t wait to taste the Le Mans atmosphere and to race in front of a large crowd. “It’s great to be part of the spectacle, to see 300,000 fans along the track and to race such car at this legendary circuit,” he said.


Asking about his ambitions to race during the main event, he answered: “It would be great to be able to participate one day.”




Max Braams- photo GT4

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