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Richardbradley

90 Seconds with Le Mans Winner, Richard Bradley

What would you be if not a racing driver?

 

I would be a train driver! Preferably in the UK and preferably for an operator who works on the London suburban lines, ideally South West Trains.

 

Do you have any pre-race superstitions?

 

I have no pre race superstitions as I feel it doesn't matter what situation it is my job is always the same.

 

What is your favourite racing circuit?

 

My favorite circuits are Suzuka and COTA, mainly due to the high speed esses section in sector one in both. When you get them right it feels particularly good!

 

Who do you admire the most?

I am a big admirer of Michael Schumacher quite simply because he is the most successful driver in the history of our sport and anyone would like to emulate him and his success.

Favourite food?

 

My favorite food is sushi, specifically salmon and tuna, but I also find it very hard to resist Eton Mess!

 

Which other series would you like to race in?

 

I am actually really happy where I am with WEC and IMSA! Perhaps the only championship I would like to add would be Super GT500. I am lucky enough to have done Super Formula and so have got a taste for mindblowingly fast cars and because of this combined with many other reasons I don't have a real interest in F1. 

 

What road car do you drive?

 

As I am not in one place for very long and spend most of my time travelling when I go back to England I use my mums trusty Skoda Fabia which is fine apart from the fact is has no central locking!

 

Most memorable racing moment?

 

My most memorable racing moment was definitely winning Le Mans and getting pole for the race in 2015. Winning it is self explanatory but to get pole there with the first lap of the 6 hour session was very nice. All racing drivers have an ego and want to qualify first  and so to do that on the biggest stage of them all was very special, even though in the race at Le Mans it goes towards very little.

 

Do you have any tattoo's, if so what and where (be honest!)?

 

I have no tattoos :)

Richard began racing in karts in 2000. After many successful results and championships Richard graduated to cars in 2010 winning the Formula BMW Pacific Championship in his rookie year.

From here Richard signed for TOM'S for the 2011 and 2012 Japanese Formula 3 seasons finishing 5th and 4th respectively in the championship whilst making his debut in the Macau Grand Prix in 2011 finishing 9th.

In 2013 Richard graduated to Japanese Super Formula for KCMG and enjoyed his first venture into Le Mans Prototypes in the LMP2 category. Richard won his first race in this in the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series race at Fuji. 

In 2014 Richard signed for KCMG in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 category. Winning 3 of the last 5 races, Richard finished 3rd in the championship.

In 2015 Richard once again signed for KCMG in the WEC and is currently leading the LMP2 championship following pole position and victory in the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours.

2016 will see an exciting year with Richard signing with Manor WEC to contest in the LMP2 class in the Oreca 05.