16-year-old becomes youngest Le Mans competitor in history


16-year-old American Matt McMurry has become the youngest person ever to contest the Le Mans 24 Hour.

The teenager drove a Caterham-liveried Zytek-Nissan for the Greaves Motorsport squad last weekend, sharing with old hands Tom Kimber-Smith and Chris Dyson. The trio eventually came home 11th in the LMP2 class and 25th overall, meaning McMurry also sets the record for youngest person to complete the 24 Hours.

"It feels awesome to finish the race," McMurry told Marshall Pruett of RACER.com. "I was a little bit worried when we had the gearbox issue, but we fixed it and the car was great the whole race.

"It feels great to accomplish that (setting the new record). It took so much work to get here."

McMurry breaks the record set more than half a century ago by Ricardo Rodríguez. The Mexican sensation first attempted to contest the 24 Hours in 1956, aged 14, but was refused entry. He returned in 1959, aged 17, to set the long-standing record.

He went on to finish as runner-up at the 1960 race, but lost his life in a crash in 1962 at just 20 years of age.