Sebastien Bourdais was born on 28th February 1979 in Le Mans, the cradle of endurance auto racing and Queen of the mythic 24 hour race since 1923. Sebastien's own cradle was probably in the form of a bucket seat: Plunged into the auto-racing environment through his native region and through his father Patrick, who had his own success on four wheels (an amateur, Patrick kept the flame of competition alive through club-racing and especially endurance? he took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1993 and 2006), Sebastien received his first bucket-seat, behind the wheel of a Kart, in 1989.
"I remember like it was yesterday the day I gave him his first Kart," Patrick recalls, "It was his birthday, on the Alain Prost circuit at Le Mans. I sensed that he was truly gifted from his first few laps, since he was immediately within the best lowest times. His trajectories were very fluid and he already had a good analysis of his machine."
The results were not long in coming and did not make a liar out of Patrick: Champion of the Maine Bretagne league in 1991, 4th in the France Cadets Championship in 1992, Sebastien was climbing steadily the steps of the national hierarchy.
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