Kazuki Nakajima and Deborah Mayer honored at Le Mans

On the occasion of the 92nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 12 to 16, 2024), the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) unveils two personalities in the spotlight this year.

Published on 17/05/2024 à 17:08

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Kazuki Nakajima and Deborah Mayer honored at Le Mans

Kazuki Nakajima and Deborah Mayer - Photo: ACO

Kazuki Nakajima will be the Grand Marshal of the 92nd edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans

Kazuki Nakajima – Photo: ACO

Kazuki Nakajima, three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will have the privilege of guiding the 62 cars during the starting procedure for the 4th round of the World Championship.Endurance of the FIA ​​(WEC), on June 15, shortly before 16 p.m.

Kazuki Nakajima started in karting in 1996 and quickly got noticed since, a few years later, he joined the training program for young pilots of Toyota. After a career in car leading him to Formula 1, he joined the WEC from its creation in 2012. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans ten times, for three consecutive successes, in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

After a rich career as a driver, Kazuki Nakajima has been, since 2021, vice-president of Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe.

Deborah Mayer named Spirit of Le Mans 2024

Deborah Mayer – Photo: ACO

The Spirit of Le Mans trophy salutes men and women who uphold the values ​​of endurance: involvement, commitment, sharing and competition. In 2024, the Spirit of Le Mans will be embodied by Deborah Mayer.

Driven by her passion for motorsport and her entrepreneurial approach to professional life, Deborah developed the Iron Dames project, which echoes her own professional journey, where she was one of the few women to succeed in a highly competitive environment. competitive. Drawing on her experience, Deborah is personally committed to helping passionate and motivated women prove themselves in the world of motorsport.

As President of the FIA ​​Women in Motorsport Commission from 2022 to 2023, she has undertaken global initiatives that have not only raised awareness but also inspired vocations and created new dynamics contributing significantly to the advancement of gender equality.

With her story, Deborah not only shows how to build and lead a team by giving everyone the best conditions to develop and perform, but she also inspires and encourages the young female generation to believe in their dreams.

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “ I am very honored to welcome Deborah Mayer and Kazuki Nakajima. I would like to thank these two key figures of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and motorsport very sincerely. Together they embody perseverance, success and a passion for endurance. Kazuki Nakajima is one of those rare legendary drivers to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in a row. Deborah Mayer, for her part, has developed a unique project with Iron Dames, which beyond inspiring the entire paddock has enjoyed undeniable success, as evidenced by the victory of Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting at the 8 Hours of Bahrain at the end of 2023, in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship. »

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