Are you ready for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend? Make sure you have your 2013 Le Mans Spotters Guide in hand before the start of the race. Andy Blackmore has once again put together his fantastic spotters guide, and enhanced it with even more info to help you enjoy watching the greatest motorsport race in the world. We’ll have a full coverage guide up soon so you know where to catch all the action online and on the TV.
Audi has announced a new long-tail variant of the hybrid R18 e-tron quattro, which will make its racing debut at the Spa 6 Hours on May 4th. Spa will be the first race in which Audi will be entering three R18 e-tron quattro cars, with two out of the three being the standard R18 e-tron quattro. Audi Sport Team Joest is using Spa as preparation for the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will be held on June 22nd and 23rd.
The winning team of the WEC opening round at Silverstone, Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish, as well as the current WEC and 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans champions, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer will pilot the standard e-tron quattros. The third Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by the team of Marc Gené/Lucas di Grassi/Oliver Jarvis, is fitted with a new aerodynamic package which Audi say has been optimized for high speed tracks such as Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe.
Rather than focusing on overall lap times, Audi Sport will analyze time differences between the cars on a sector by sector basis. This data will be reviewed to better prepare the team for Le Mans.
The Spa 6 Hours can be watched in its entirety on audi-liveracing.com on May 4th.
Rebellion Racing announced today that they will be entering the American Le Mans Series, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013. Rebellion Racing won the FIA LMP1 Endurance Trophy for best privateer team in the FIA WEC series in 2012 and was the quickest privateer team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as clenching the overall win at Petit Le Mans last year.
We will be doing real-time flag to flag coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Twitter @SpeedSportLife , or you can follow along here with our Cover It Live widget. Don’t forget to download the 2012 Le Mans Spotters Guide from SimRaceway.com.
In our opinion the best place to listen to the broadcast of the race is RadioLemans which offers a live stream worldwide, flag to flag. These guys are the best motorsport commentators out there and do an incredible job covering the race year after year. Live timing of the race can be found on the Lemans.org website at http://live.lemans-tv.com/en/.
For those of you who are in the U.S., the race will be aired on SPEED. While SPEED is doing flag to flag coverage, they will be alternating between a live TV broadcast and streaming video on their website for the hours they go off-air on TV. Their schedule is as follows:
We like to be social and interactive during the race so please drop us a line in the comments or via twitter. Let us know who you are cheering for and feel free to make jokes at our expense while watching.
The wait is over to catch a glimpse of Audi’s new LMP1 Le Mans Prototype named the R18 e-tron quattro. At an event in Munich, Audi unveiled the new racer which will make its debut on May 5th in the 6-hour World Endurance Championship (WEC) race at Spa-Francorchamps and onward to the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16/17. With this new racer, Audi has united two technologies they are testing for use on production cars: e-tron and quattro.