Racing Blip: 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours.

By | June 21, 2013

2013 Le Mans 24 Hours - Team Joest #2 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro

2013 Le Mans 24 Hours – Team Joest #2 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro

One of the biggest races in the world happens today, June 22nd. The 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. You may want to let that sink in for a bit: 24 hours around an 8.469 mile track with 56 cars attempting the same thing, be the fastest around the track AND racers have been doing this for 90 years! This is like the Super Bowl and World Cup of racing!

Some results from qualifying:

Audi’s e-tron quattro qualified 1-2-3. With two Toyota TS030 hybrids right behind them. The more traditional combustion engined LMP1 cars of Rebellion Racing (Toyota powered) and Strakka Racing (Acura/HPD powered) round out the top 8 spots.

Aston Martin came to Circuit de la Sarthe with 5 Vantage V8 cars in tow, split between GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes. Largest factory entry this year.

Corvette Racing is looking for it’s 8th win in class – an impressive feat in it’s own right.

On it’s return to Le Mans, SRT Viper will start 10th and 11th in GTE-Pro – Welcome Back!

And the only “All American Team” is that of the #77 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Patrick Long, Joe Foster and Patrick Dempsey in GTE-Am class.

What to look for?

Well, Toyota to really attack Audi this year. Last year was a really rough for Toyota. Including this spectacular crash.

Toyota has everything to prove. And don’t expect Audi to be “sitting around” – Audi will be pushing like they always do.

In the GTE classes. Look for some intense action from the Corvettes and Vipers. Close on their heels will be the Aston Martins Vantage V8s. And one can not ignore the Porsches and Ferraris.

Also look for weather to be an issue, like it is every year. Rain on one part of the track, dry conditions on the the other half. You have to ask yourself, how do teams plan for that? Slicks in rain = car crashing. Rain tires in dry conditions = reduced performance. It’s all part of the fun of Le Mans!

How to follow the race?

Race starts at 15h00 (CEST – GMT+2). That makes it a 9am start time for our east coast readers and 6am start time for our west coast readers.

Live streaming is here. (updated with mobile friendly feed)

FIA/WEC live streaming and timing here.

Radio Le Mans coverage.

Corvette Racing in-car and pit cameras.

Audi in-car + telemetry.

The ever handy Andy Blackmore spotters guide.

You can also follow the race on the the official Facebook page and on the official twitter feed and the live stats twitter feed.

[photo ACO/Sebastien Bassani]

 


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