Your 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 Jacobins.

52 hours of live coverage in total, brought to you by:

Mark Cole
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 in 1982.

"Our cars 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.

"This year's 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
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 more!

Carlton Kirby
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.

His distinctive style combines authority and enthusiasm with a sense of wit and good humour. He brands himself viewers’ "friend at the track".

Tony Delahunty
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
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.

Having started 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.

Diana Binks
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.

 

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