21 Sep 2020

NZ driver Brendon Hartley wins Le Mans 24 Hour title again

From Morning Report, 8:57 am on 21 September 2020

Satisfaction is still sinking in for the New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley after he took out one of the world's biggest motor races for a second time this morning.

Driving for Toyota, Hartley has teamed up with Japan's Kazuki Nakajima and Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi to win the Le Mans 24 Hour title in France.

The 30-year-old from Palmerston North also won the race in 2017 alongside fellow Kiwi Earl Bamber.

Now in its 88th edition, the Le Mans event was this year held for the first time without spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hartley, who drove in Formula One in 2017 and 2018, says while it feels great, it's not quite the same without the fans.