Motors TV Team For Le Mans
If you’re missing out on a trip to France this coming week,
but have access to Motors TV, these are the personnel who will be
bringing you unprecedented coverage of race week and the 24 Hours
– starting at 14.30 CET on Monday, with live coverage presented
by Mark Cole and Martin Haven, from scrutineering in the Place des
52 hours of
live coverage in total, brought to you by:
The 2006 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours will be Mark Cole's 24th,
having first visited La Sarthe as Rothmans Porsche Press officer
finished 1-2-3 so I thought this was a good job!" he recalls.
Since then he has missed only one year, 1999 when he was at the
Canadian GP. His attendances have been either a team PR (Nissan
followed Porsche, garnering Mark the 1990 ACO Prix de la Presse
et Communication), as a journalist, or since 1992 as a commentator
for the European broadcasters.
Motors TV coverage will probably be the most challenging thing we
have ever had to do. If you think our DTM coverage is hot, wait
until we bring you live qualifying both nights, as well as the whole
24 hours. I can't wait for Le Mans week and look forward to working
with the rest of the dream team."
Martin Haven began his association with Le Mans as a fan, first
travelling to La Sarthe in 1983. Sleeping under cars began to lose
its attraction after a few years, however, and he leapt at the chance
to join the fledgling Radio Le Mans crew as a pit-lane reporter,
happily coinciding with Jaguar's winning return to the 24 Hours.
He made the
transition from radio to TV, stepping up from the pits to the booth
to become the mainstay of Eurosport's coverage in the 1990s. Martin
also worked for NBC and Speed TV on the American Le Mans Series
for five seasons, adding to his sportscar knowledge, as well as
his Air Miles tally. Martin has no plans to bring his battered Morris
Minor convertible back to Le Mans; in 2006 colleague David Leslie
has threatened to set fire to it if he has to try and fix it once
Carlton has been a television broadcaster and sports commentator
for the past 20 years. Formerly with BBC and ITV, he is a recognised
motorsports voice covering just about all major championships and
events: Dakar Rally, Indy 500, Champcar, NASCAR, Le Mans, WRC, as
well as Speedway GP and more.
style combines authority and enthusiasm with a sense of wit and
good humour. He brands himself viewers’ "friend at the
Tony has been a broadcasting journalist for 30 years and was nominated
Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 1985. This is his third Le Mans
and he anchored the night coverage in 1999.
Tony raced sports
cars - badly (his opinion!) - and subscribed to the view if you
aren't good enough to race the next best thing is to talk about
it! He is currently managing director of a Midlands radio station.
David Leslie is a name likely to be well known to many Motors TV
viewers. Quite apart from his ever increasing appearances in the
commentary booth, David is an exceptional racing driver with an
impressive career history.
racing Karts at the age of 12 and continuing into single seaters,
sports cars and touring cars, David has competed at Le Mans on no
fewer than 10 occasions including some factory drives for the likes
of Jaguar and Aston Martin, among others.
Experienced motorsport television presenter Diana Binks returns
to Le Mans where she has previously reported live from the pits
for 22 Hours for American TV network Speed Channel. Currently Diana
is fronting late night sport for Channel 5 in the UK and presenting
the British F3 and GT championships for Channel 4.
As well as presenting,
Diana is also an accomplished reporter and covers the British Touring
car Championship support packages for ITV and Motors TV, and presents
Motorsport UK for ITV1.