Team Parker Racing is very happy to announce that 24 Hours of Le Mans record-breaker Dominique Bastien will join its Porsche Carrera Cup GB line-up at Knockhill over the weekend of July 29-31.
Born in Dunkerque in far Northern France, Dominique moved to the United States as a teenager, building, running, and expanding a successful businesses, Specialty Brands of America. His interest in motorsport came when son Marc spent time at the Skip Barber Racing School at Riverside in California, getting the bug himself.
Starting in single seaters in his early 60s, he turned his attentions to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, travelling back and forth from the States on Wednesday evenings and flying back from Germany on Sunday mornings, slowly building his knowledge of the fearsome circuit. He competed at the circuit’s 24-Hour race in 2013 and ’14, before turning to endurance events in Dubai, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, falling in love with Porsche machinery in the process.
In 2020 he began preparations for his next challenge, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, not classified as a finisher in that first season but at 75 years of age, became the oldest driver to finish the race a year later in a Dempsey / Proton Porsche 911 RSR. Dominique has not stopped there either, taking part in the FIA WEC 8H of Portimão that same season and continuing to race in the 24H Series in a variety of machinery, including Porsche Cup cars, proving age is no barrier to competition.
Undertaking a new challenge at the undulating Knockhill in Scotland in a one-off appearance, Dominique will not only have to quickly get up to speed with the circuit but also the car, turning his first laps in the 992-style Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. He will be replacing Seb Morris who has withdrawn from the championship aiming to return to endurance racing, with the team exploring options to fill the seat for the remainder of the season.
The French/American racer will join his Team Parker Racing colleagues at the circuit for an official Porsche test day on Wednesday, July 27, ahead of the weekend action, with two 32 lap races scheduled for Sunday, July 31, the second of which being shown live on ITV4 at 15:05.