Brad Pitt to give start for 24 Hours of Le Mans in June

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The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has confirmed that Hollywood star Brad Pitt will give the start for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18.

Each year, the start of the prestigious race at the Circuit de la Sarthe is waved off by a special guest, with recent invitees including FIA president Jean Todt, two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso and NASCAR president Jim France.

On Friday, ACO president Pierre Fillon confirmed that Pitt will wave the French Tricolore to start the 24-hour race.

The star of films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMoneyball and the Ocean’s trilogy, Pitt is rumored to be working on a film version of the book Go Like Hell, detailing the battle between Ford and Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s.

Pitt is not the first figure from the entertainment world to take the role of honorary starter, with French film director Luc Besson (2002) and, most famously, Steve McQueen (1971) also waving the cars off at Le Mans in the past.