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03.04.2008

Johnny Herbert : more than just an outsider !

So the Speedcar concept suits you down to the ground...

"Yes, it’s got everything I love. It’s like going back to basics. On our cars the only electronic device is the engine management system. All the rest is mechanical. The car’s not easy to drive and that makes the races all the more interesting. Even if you’re 100% concentrated it’s almost impossible to do a race without making a mistake."

What was your favourite racing car?

"I loved my 1992 Lotus-Ford. In that era we had a lot of aerodynamic grip with huge wings and flat bottoms. With the wide slicks and an engine putting out 800 bhp you could drive very aggressively - even in tight corners."

You won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991. Are you planning to drive in this legendary race again?

"Unfortunately not in 2008. Last year, I had a great time with Aston Martin but I want to win the race outright again. For that you have to be in a diesel-engined car, and that cuts down your choices to either Audi or Peugeot. All the seats were taken so I’m waiting for the right opportunity to turn up."

Speedcar Series favours contact between drivers and spectators. What do you think of this?

"It’s great! I’ve never had a problem about being close to my fans. Quite the opposite! In Bahrain like Dubai we’ll be racing on a circuit for the second time as we already did demonstration events here last November. I hope that the spectators who attended will be back with their family and friends.

Today, every sport has to be a show and the effors the organisers are making for the spectators and the TV viewers is going in the right direction. As we saw in Sentul, they do everything to attract people to the circuit – and it works!"

What made you choose your particular race number?

"That’s an easy one to answer! When my dad bought me my first kart it had the number 69. I didn’t change it and I’ve always kept it. As you get older this number can have other meanings, but its origin goes back to my childhood."

 

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Last modified: Thursday, 03.04.2008 - 12:32
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