Scottish racing driver, Allan McNish, one of the most successful endurance racing drivers in history, is set to hang up his racing gloves soon, announcing his retirement from the sport recently. The 44-year old Scot was one of Audi’s top drivers, where together with Loic Duval and Tom Kristensen, they secured the 2013 World Endurance Championship (WEC) title. McNish has three victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours and three American Le Mans Series titles under his belt. He had a brief spell in Formula One with Toyota for a few years prior to his tenure with Audi.
Having said that, McNish is set to assist the German manufacturer with its racing programme in the future. Just as many other retired race drivers, he is looking forward to spending more time with his family back home.
“I’ve had a fantastically successful time with Audi and feel it’s the right time to step back from Le Mans sports-prototype racing and to look at other opportunities,” he said. “As a racing driver it’s important to stop [racing] at the right time when I’m still fast and capable of doing the job and the timing feels right after winning Le Mans for a third time this year and claiming the World title.
The Scot who also won this year’s Le Mans 24-hours race, ends his racing at the peak of his career, and it is in fact a well-timed move.
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