Britain’s Allan McNish has announced his retirement from top-level motorsport today.
Allan began racing in Formula Ford, climbing up through the formula ladder towards Formula one. He moved to Sportscars in 1996 claiming his first Le Mans 24 hours victory in 1998 for Porsche in the 911 GT1 alongside Stéphane Ortelli and Laurent Aïello.
Moving to Toyota with the GT-One in 1999 and finally to Audi in 2000. Allan won the American Le mans series for Audi in 2000 at the start of a long relationship with Audi Sport, Initially testing with the R8R and entering competitive endurance racing for Audi with the Audi R8.
Allan made his Formula One debut with the new Toyota racing team in 2002, becoming test driver for Renault F1 in 2003.
Returning to Sportscar racing with Audi for 2004. Allan would celebrate success with Audi’s R8, R10 TDI, R15 and R18 Prototypes over his career claiming two further Le Mans 24 Hours victories. Two further American Le Mans titles and Four Sebring 12 hour victories cementing his name firmly in the history books of endurance racing.
Allan McNish in 2013 won the World Endurance championship and was finally officially a World Champion alongside Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval.
Allan speaking to AUTOSPORT upon his retirement annoucement:
“You have to get out at some point and everything lined up to make this an extremely good time to do it,” McNish told AUTOSPORT. “Everything has fallen into place.
“I have won pretty much everything I wanted to and I ticked the last box with the world championship.
“It is good to do it now with the change over to the new car and new rules, which would have required a big commitment.
Allan McNish sportscar career details.
Le Mans 24h winner in the LMP1 class 2013.
FIA World Endurance champion 2013.
3 overall victories at the le Mans 24
4 Sebring 12 hour victories
2 Petit Le Mans victories
3 American Le Mans Series titles
Thanks for all the memories and providing the world with some fantastic racing over the years. Enjoy your retirement Allan.