Le Mans Chequered Flag for OC Charlie
Charlie Robertson (OC 2015) completed the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race in June, in the top LMP1 category at the age of just 21 years old. Charlie’s motor racing ambitions progressed throughout his time at both Caterham prep and the senior school and he became a professional race driver in 2016. Driving the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race has been a lifetime ambition for Charlie and to achieve this at 21 years old is a tremendous achievement. Well done Charlie!
Charlie’s team fielded both of its cars at Le Mans, the Mecachrome turbo V6-powered Ginettas doing battle with some of the best sportscar teams in the world, as part the 10 car LMP1 grid fighting for overall honours.
A challenging race saw Charlie’s team lose one car, but continue with his car with Charlie putting long shifts of night driving in despite clutch trouble.
Charlie had the honour of crossing the line to finish the race with well over 100,000 fans from across the world congregated to welcome the finishers home, the Ginetta coming home fifth in class on its debut, securing third place in the Teams Championship with the next race at Ginetta’s ‘home’ race at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. The two Ginettas completed a total of 426 laps of the circuit, over 5,800 kilometres of running.
Reflecting on his achievements, Charlie’s mum said: “This illustrates the diversity of talent that has come through Caterham School, Old Cats can achieve their dreams!”
Well done Charlie – we’ll be watching your future successes!