(AP) — Rafael Nadal will get the 24 Hours Le Mans classic endurance race underway. Organizers of the race say the 16-time Grand Slam champion will be sending cars out on June 16.
France has long been in the spotlight in the sporting world in June, with the French Open and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This year I will have the honour of giving the start of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the world’s greatest motor races.
I look forward to getting to know more about this spectacular sport, the drivers and everyone involved.
We have in common a competitive spirit and a habit of seeking new challenges.
That’s why I’m delighted to have this opportunity and I can assure you that when I wave that flag to start the race, it will be with the greatest pride and exhilaration.
Rafa follows Formula One boss Chase Carey, who last year waved the starting flag. Actors Alain Delon and Brad Pitt are among others to have held the role at the Circuit de la Sarthe.