‘McDreamy’ is second: Patrick Dempsey Second
Published: June 15, 2015
‘McDreamy’ is second: Patrick Dempsey Second, The former star of hit US drama “Grey’s Anatomy” became one of the privileged few to step onto the winners podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours, in a race which had become something of a tear-jerker itself.
The man who shot to fame playing Dr Derek Shepherd in the long-running hospital drama had tears in his eyes when his car finished second in the GTE-Am class.
The 49-year-old steered his Porsche 911 RSR to second place in class and 22nd overall alongside co-drivers Patrick Long and Marco Seefried to realise one of his dreams.
“I think it’s hard to put into words how much it means to be on the podium in Le Mans. Phenomenal effort and support from Porsche,” beamed Dempsey.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment, you always dream about moments like this. I’ve worked really hard over the last three years to make this happen and I’m here. Vive la France,” he added.
Dempsey leans out over the track to greet his car across the finish line. Source: Supplied
Dempsey has always been a passionate motorsport fan and was appearing in his fourth Le Mans race — he also drove in 2009 in a Ferrari, and in 2013 and 2014 in a Porsche — his results getting better each time.
This year he decided to take a break from his acting career to compete in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Under the name of his own team, Dempsey-Proton Racing, the American was partnered by Long and Seefried in his own Porsche 911 RSR. This was the third time that he competed in the GTE-Am class.
In a very competitive race, Dempsey was far from guaranteed a podium finish until the final few laps.
The American was third in the Porsche No. 77 behind the leading Aston Martin, but Paul Dalla Lana’s crash with less than an hour remaining allowed Dempsey and co to move into second — a position they held to the flag.
The actor — with clenched fists and tears in his eyes — embraced team members as he achieved his dream.
Much more famous for his “Grey’s Anatomy” exploits for 11 seasons, Dempsey told AFP on Friday of his thirst to be recognised as a sportsman.
Asked whether professional drivers had dismissed his venture into motor racing, Dempsey insisted that he wasn’t worried about what they thought: “I hope to earn their respect in time,” he proclaimed.
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