Jacky Ickx, six-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, has been named the official Grand Marshal for this year’s running of the French endurance classic.
Ickx, who in his lengthy career competed in endurance racing, rallying and Formula 1, will lead the field out for its formation lap ahead of the race on Saturday afternoon as part of his position.
“Everyone knows that Jacky Ickx is a great driver and a great man and he will surely make a great Grand Marshal for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018,” said Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
“The 60-car field will be following in illustrious footsteps. With Jacky Ickx leading the way, the race can only be a success. We are particularly proud that he has accepted the role. He is a father-figure in the endurance community.”
Ickx added: “I’m delighted to be able to take part in the event. Le Mans has always been kind to me. I’ve had many good times here, as a driver. I’ve also been race director and have been race starter too. This year, I shall be Grand Marshal. This race has always held something special to me, as a driver and as a person.
“It brings out the fundamental elements of driving. It’s about sharing, daring, focusing, friendship and fans. It’s intense and it’s extraordinary. I can see myself already, at the wheel, behind me a field of heroic drivers, amateurs and professionals.”