Earlier this year, legendary sports car team Dyson Racing announced Matt McMurry as its first driver of the Dyson Junior Development Program.
Tuesday, officially, the 16-year-old has been confirmed with Greaves Motorsport’s No. 41 Zytek ZS11 Nissan in the LMP2 class, alongside Dyson Racing sporting director Chris Dyson and Greaves veteran Tom Kimber-Smith for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
That will make McMurry the youngest driver ever to start the race in its more than 90-year-old history. McMurry will beat the prior mark, held by Ricardo Rodriguez the last 55 years, who was 17 years and four months in the 1959 race.
McMurry finished fourth in both of the first two European Le Mans Series races this season, at Silverstone in April and Imola last weekend. The Jota Sport Zytek ZS11 Nissan took the class and overall victory.
“I’ve been working toward this specific goal for almost four years now,” McMurry said. “That was over 60 races ago, 20,000 miles of seat time, and 175,000 frequent flyer miles ago. I can’t believe it’s almost here and within reach. I feel well prepared by all the amazing mentors I’ve had every step of the way, and am ready to help Dyson and Greaves succeed in the most important sports car race in the world.”
Said Dyson of his young rising star, “Matt has been nothing short of outstanding in his first two major international races. He has driven like a veteran and has validated our decision to take him on as a Junior Development Program driver. It is very exciting to be taking him to Le Mans, but he is ready for the challenge. It’s wonderful for Dyson Racing to play a role in helping Matt to record such a historic milestone.”
The Test Day for the race is Sunday, June 1, and the race itself begins Saturday June 14, running until Sunday June 15.
Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.
During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.
That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.
This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.
Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.
Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.
“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”
Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.