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Chris Buncombe (born 5 May 1978 in Taunton, Somerset, England) His last appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours was in 2011. He joined Aston Martin Racing at the end of the 2009 season when he drove in the Le Mans Series scoring a podium finish on his debut with the team at Nürburgring driving the 008 Aston Martin LMP1 car. Chris won the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 class driving for Binnie Motorsports in their Lola B05/40-Zytek.

Chris Buncombe (Racing Driver)
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
BornChristopher James Buncombe
(1978-05-05) 5 May 1978 (age 41)
Taunton, Somerset, England
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2007, 2011
TeamsBinnie Motorsports
Jota
Best finish18th (2007)
Class wins1 (2007)

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CareerEdit

2018 Blancpain Endurance GT Pro-Am Champion - Strakka Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 with Nick Leventis & Lewis Williamson Runner-Up FIA GT Nations Cup - Team UK AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Asian Le Mans Series with United Autosports

2013 Spa 24 Hours with Nissan Team RJN GTR GT-3

2011 Le Mans 24 Hours with JOTA Sport Aston Martin GTE Le Mans Series Silverstone

2010 American Le Mans Series LMP2 single race at Mid Ohio. Le Mans Series LMP2 single race at Hungaroring

2009 Factory driver for Aston Martin Racing in the LMP1 car number 008 for the Le Mans Series where the Team scored an Aston Martin 1-2-3 at the ADAC 1000 km of Nürburgring, 50 years on from Aston Martin's 1959 win at the classic German endurance race in the DBR1.

2008 Speedcar Series Nascar alongside various races for JD Classics in their Group C Jaguar XJR-9 & XJR-11

2007 Le Mans Series & Le Mans 24 Hours debut for US based Team, Binnie Motorsports driving with Bill Binnie and Allen Timpany in the Lola B05/40-Zytek LMP2, winning the LMP2 class at Le Mans

2006 FIA GT1 Spa 24 Hours for Team SRT in the Corvette C5-R

2005 FIA GT Championship driving the Red Bull Maserati MC12 for JMB Racing, driving with Philipp Peter and Roman Rusinov

2004 Racing in the FIA GT Championship with JMB Racing in the #18 Ferrari 575M GT1. Teammates included Karl Wendlinger, Tarso Marques and Bert Longin.

2002 RJN Motorsport Nissan FIA European Touring Car Championship.

2001 British Formula Renault with Manor Motorsport.

1997-2000 Chris raced in the British Formula Renault Championship before joining the factory Nissan Motorsports Europe (NME) Team when he raced the Nissan Primera in the Benelux Championship during 1999 and the RJN Motorsport Nissan Primera in the 2000 Spa 24 Hours.

1995-1996 Winner Formula Vauxhall Junior Young Driver Scholarship British Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship

1993-1995 Karting - British Super One Championship

1988-1993 Schoolboy motocross

Family HistoryEdit

Chris grew up from a motorsport family. His grandfather, John Buncombe, competed during the 1950s & '60's. His father, Jonathan Buncombe raced for over 20 years for multiple manufacturers including Ford, GM and early racing career in Mini's. Chris' brother, Alex is a Factory Nissan Nismo driver, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion and represented Nissan in multiple race series including GT3, GT4, Australian V8 Supercars, Nurburgring 24 Hours, Petit Le Mans and the Le Mans 24 Hours in LMP1.

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007   Binnie Motorsports   William Binnie
  Allen Timpany
Lola B05/42-Zytek LMP2 318 18th 1st
2011   Jota   Simon Dolan
  Sam Hancock
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 GTE
Pro
74 DNF DNF

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