Sponsored Video: We Are Racers at Le Mans

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Tony Santos

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The annual 24 Hours of Le Mans is considered to be the oldest active and most prestigious sports car race in endurance racing. Also known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Accuracy, every year the racing event is held at near the town of Le Mans, France which dated back 1923.

The racing teams are tested on taking its meticulous strategy on maintaining the health of its drivers and racing cars round the race track for 24 hours. They need to make sure that there’s a balance in speed and the car’s ability to remain running smoothly with proper routine fuel, tyres and breaking mechanism checked-replaced every pit-stops. The driver needs to be ready to endure the the 24-hour race with up to 2-hour stints before they can hit a pit stop and be replaced by a relief driver —-in this race they are allowing three drivers per competing sports car.

Automobile Club de I’Ouest(ACO) is the race organizer which runs the race circuit Circuit de la Sarthe. This race track is a combination of closed public roads and specialized motor racing circuit that are aimed to test the car and driver’s quickness and endurance to last for 24 hours. The racing teams will compete in group called classes for cars similar in specifications, which is normally in classes of; “specialised enclosed-bodywork two-seat Prototype sports cars and two classes of Grand Touring cars which bear much closer resemblance to high performance sports cars as sold to the public.”

In the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi managed to bag its 13th title taking two of top spots with its Audi No. 2 and Audi No. 1 which are driven by Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer, and Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene with defending champion Tom Kristensen, respectively.

It was a close fight with Toyota and Porsche, notably that Porsche’s No. 14 has almost made it to classification, but the team didn’t managed to get the fix on its gearbox on-time. Despite that the comeback stint of Porsche disappoints, the company remains the most successful manufacturer with 16 titles at Le Mans. And you can ultimately appreciate the legacy Porsche made at Le Mans with the video below. It’s a series of episodes for a documentary of Porsche at Le Mans.

This post is sponsored by Michelin.

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