In recent times, Le Mans has become more of a 24 hour sprint race rather than just a 24 hour endurance race with teams becoming more and more competitive. Every single aspect of the race, from each lap to each pit stop can mean minutes lost or gained at the end of the 24 hours. Celebrating it’s 90th anniversary (81st running) this year, Le Mans has become a sight to behold and for us at least, remains the absolute best motorsport event in the world. We’ve been fortunate to attend the race in person in past years, but even watching it on TV gives us chills. The sounds of the cars doing 200+ on the Mulsanne straight, the lights of the ferris wheel, and the feeling as day turns to night turns to day again. We live for this weekend.
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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.
Just a reminder that the first free practice for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans starts today at 9am CST through 1pm CST. Follow along at http://www.24h-lemans.com/live/en/ for timing and scoring, or Radiolemans.com for commentary. lemans-tv.com also has some great content from behind the scenes.
As always, we’ll be covering the event live for the full 24 hours and then some. Details on the full schedule to follow
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.