Mark Blundell Biography: Mark Blundell is a British racing driver who has competed in Formula One, sports cars, and CART for four seasons. He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1992. He worked as a Formula One presenter for the British broadcaster ITV until the end of the 2008 season when the BBC took over the TV broadcasting rights.
Mark Blundell Biography
Mark Blundell Biography: Mark Blundell was born in Barnet, London, on April 8, 1966. At the age of 14, he began competing on motocross motorcycles all over England. At the age of 17, he made the transition to Formula Ford and started his driving career. In his debut season, he finished second in both British Junior Formula Ford Championships. Blundell won the Esso British and Snetterton Formula Ford 1600 titles the following year. The following year, he began competing in the more potent Formula Ford 2000 category and won the BBC Grandstand series. He returned to FF1600 to compete in the European Championship, where he won the pole position and placed fourth overall. In 1986, he won another Formula Ford 2000 championship, the European title.
Mark Blundell Wiki
|Date Of Birth||April 8, 1966|
|Birth Place||Barnet, London|
|Net Worth||$30 million|
Mark Blundell Career
Blundell signed with Nissan’s sports car team in 1989, securing a factory seat. He also participated in a test drive with the Williams F1 Team. Blundell left F3000 in 1990 to focus on sports cars. That same year, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans pole position in a Nissan R90CK. Blundell became the youngest driver to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, finishing 6.040 seconds ahead of second place.
Blundell made his Formula One debut in 1991. The rookie season saw him finish sixth in Belgium with the Brabham Yamaha team while keeping his testing contract with Williams. However, Brabham did not retain him for the next season, leaving him without a Formula One race seat. He turned down Williams’ invitation to continue as their test driver in 1992 since he was only engaged in a full-time race position.
He informed his colleague Damon Hill about the vacant Williams test seat, which Hill later accepted. After failing to secure a driver for 1992, Blundell eventually signed a testing contract with McLaren. He continued to race sports cars while working full-time for McLaren. That year, he won the Le Mans 24 Hours with the factory Peugeot team, adding to his previous pole position.
In 1993, Blundell returned to Formula One. With Ligier, he earned his first two podium places in South Africa and Germany and tenth place in the final World Championship standings. However, Blundell’s contract with Ligier was just a year, and he signed with Tyrrell in 1994. Blundell only had one podium finish in Formula One, in the 1994 Spanish Grand Prix, which was Tyrrell’s final podium finish.
Tyrrell dropped Blundell at the end of the season due to a lack of sponsorship, as Nigel Mansell’s retirement meant a return to McLaren, this time in a racing seat. Blundell finished eighth in the final standings again this year, with future two-time world champion Mika Häkkinen. 1995 saw further success in sports cars, including a fourth-place finish in Le Mans, but it was Blundell’s final year in Formula One due to McLaren’s recruitment of David Coulthard.