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“It’s one of the most peaceful experiences in the world.” – Proton Competition’s Harry Tincknell describes driving at Le Mans in the dark

Harry Tincknell, driver of the #99 Proton Competition Porsche 963 alongside teammates Neel Jani and Julien Andlauer, was interviewed on stage on the second day of scrutineering in Le Mans city centre in readiness for the 2024 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Tincknell’s sportscar racing career began over ten years ago with Jota Sport where, with teammates Simon Dolan and Oliver Turvey, the team’s ‘Mighty 38’ Zytek Z11SN won the LMP2 category at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 32-year-old has gone on to compete in sportscars across a variety of categories and in 2020 took a second victory in class with Aston Martin Racing when Harry Tincknell, Maxime Martin and Alex Lynn brought the #97 Aston Martin Vantage AMR home to win LM GTE Pro class over a minute and a half ahead of the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE of Alessandro Pier Guid, James Calado and Daniel Serra.

In great demand due to his extensive experience of endurance racing across multiple manufacturers and classes, Tincknell is combining his drive in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship with a season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, driving the #64 Ford Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT3 with teammates Chris Mies and Mike Rockenfeller.

Harry Tincknell (R) on stage at Le Passage, Le Mansm with teammates Neel Jani (L) and Julien Andlauer (C) (Photo: Roger Jenkins)

Tincknell has some great memories of racing at the Circuit de la Sarth.

“The atmosphere is incredible” he said. “With the Drivers Parade on the Friday and fans on the grid on the Saturday, it’s just one of the most amazing experiences in the world and I’ve been very lucky to drive a lot of different cars here. To be in the Hypercar class going for the overall win is really a dream and hopefully we can make that dream a reality next weekend.

When asked about driving at night, Tincknell had a surprising answer.

“When it’s just your headlights lighting up the road coming down the Mulsanne and even though you’re doing over 200 mph, it’s one of the most peaceful experiences in the world somehow,” said Tincknell. “It’s absolutely incredible and for me it’s the middle of the night where the race really develops.”

With scrutineering now complete, the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans grid gets out on track on Sunday June the 9th for the Test Day. The light goes green for the first three-session practice session at 10.00am local time with a second session at 3.30pm.

The race gets underway at 4.00pm on Saturday June the 15th.