Kenny Bräck and the Ford GT40: a spectacular combination that resonates with Goodwood spectators, thanks to his mesmerising performance in Adrian Newey’s machine to win the all-GT40 Whitsun Trophy in 2013.
Now, the former Indy 500 winner and IndyCar Series Champion is back in the driving seat of one of the fabled 1960s GT cars. And this one is even more special.
AM GT-2 is one of only two lightweight cars built by the legendary Alan Mann Racing outfit in Byfleet, Surrey. With aluminium replacing much of the standard steel structure of the car, and the two distinctive air scoops that offer a visual clue to its identity, the 4.7-litre V8-powered machine made its competition debut in the Sebring 12 Hours in 1966, driven by F1 aces Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.
Now owned by Christian Glaesel, the car promises to be a star attraction in the 74th Members’ Meeting’s Saturday-evening Alan Mann Trophy that has a mouthwatering entry of 27 GT40s. Expect Bräck to be right at the front once more.
To make sure he gets the very best out of AM GT-2, Brack recently gave it an airing at Donington Park. And we were there!
Bräck, who also won the 2011 RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration race at the Revival alongside Tom Kristensen in a Daytona Cobra Coupé, explains how the car’s huge power, transmitted through treaded, cross-ply tyres, makes life tricky on a cold and wet winter day. And he has a giggle about that race in 2013, laughing off modern racing’s reliance on ‘baby-sitting’ electronics.
You can be sure he’ll be spectacular this weekend – whatever the weather…