Derek named as Grand Marshall for the 6 hours of Silverstone

Date: 
23rd March 2014

Derek has been named as grand marshal for the Silverstone 6 Hours World Endurance Championship round next month.

The sportscar legend's duties at the WEC season opener on 20th April will include waving off the cars on their the parade lap ahead of the start of the event, which he won in its 1000km format with Porsche in 1983 (pictured). The race will mark the debut of the new Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car as well as the introduction of new hybrid systems for Audi and Toyota, will feature some of the world’s most beautiful and high performing automotive names including Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche in the closely competitive GTE categories.

Derek said: "It is very nice to be invited to be grand marshal of a race I competed in so many times. To be honest, I'm rather flattered.

"I have so many memories from the Silverstone world championship race, from finishing second in Steve O'Rourke's BMW M1 [in 1981], to winning it with Stefan Bellof [in '83], and even driving that Aston Martin thing [Robin Hamilton's RHAM/1 in 1979]."

The historic RAC Tourist Trophy, which dates back to 1905, will again be awarded to the overall winners of the Silverstone WEC round.

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