Formula 1 boss Chase Carey will be the official starter of the 85th running of Le Mans on Saturday, it has been announced.

The gesture is to mark the start of a new beginning in Formula 1 under new ownership and a symbol to help bring motorsport closer together.

“I’m delighted that Chase Carey immediately accepted the invitation to be 2017 race starter,” said Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO)

“By starting the race side by side, we will be demonstrating the new ties forged between the ACO and Formula One, facilitated by Jean Todt, president of FIA, our partner in the World Endurance Championship.

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