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LIVE COVERAGE: 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

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:

STREAMING FEEDS: 

 SPEED 

Drive will also be doing a live stream on their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/drive

Audi.TV

FIA/WEC Official Channel

TELEVISION: SPEED: Saturday 8:30am EDT

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.

2012 24 Hours of Le Mans – The Grid Is Set With Audi On Top

Photos: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

The grid is set for the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Audi is once again on pole position with their R18 e-tron quattro.  Audi claimed spots 1-2-4-6 with Lotterer leading the way with a lap time of 3:23.787 in the #1 R18 e-tron quattro which is nearly two seconds faster than last year’s pole time set by Benoît Tréluyer in an R18 TDI.  This marks the first time a hybrid car has been on pole at Le Mans.

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Live Coverage – 2012 12 Hours of Sebring

It’s race day from Sebring International Raceway for the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and we’re excited to kick off the ALMS/WEC season with our live coverage from the track.

If you are in the U.S., you’ll be able to watch on the big screen with the ESPN3 app on your Xbox360, or online with your computer starting at 10:30am EDT.  The same stream with a lower quality will also be available on Americanlemans.com (apparently ONLY if you are not in the U.S.) and FIAWEC.com.   Audi.tv will be providing live feeds and telemetry from the 3 Audi R18 TDIs during the race.  Radio LeMans will also be providing flag to flag coverage with their fantastic streaming audio commentary.  Live timing for the race is available at scoring.alms.com.

For those of you who wish to complement your TV/Radio coverage with some additional information, we’ve put together some of the key twitter feeds covering the race, including several of the race teams and media outlets who will be doing flag to flag coverage.  Of course, the Speed:Sport:Life team of Nick Salvatore and Zerin Dube will also be tweeting the entire 12 Hours of Sebring as well as some photography from the track throughout the day from Andrew Trahan.  Follow us on twitter at @speedsportlife.

To help you get started for the race, the full grid and their qualifying times can be found here, and make sure you’ve downloaded the Sebring Spotters Guides from Andy Blackmore here.

There will be 64 cars starting the race, so find your favorites and follow along with us.  The Cover It Live application below allows for an interactive experience, so feel free to drop us any questions or comments in the text box provided.  Enjoy!

Porsche Announces New 911 GT3 RSR for 2012 Race Season

Porsche today announced the new 911 GT3 RSR for the 2012 Race season.  The 911 GT3 RSR is Porsche Motorsport’s top model of customer race vehicles and heads into the 2012 season with some fairly significant changes.  Width has been increased by 48mm and has been built to conform with the new A.C.O. “LM” GTE regulations.

The new 911 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine which produces 460 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox.  The rear wheels have been widened to 310mm and the diameter of the front wheels has been increased by 30mm to 680mm.

The nose and rear panels have been adapted to the updated flared front and rear wheel arches that put more emphasis on aerodynamics.  The air intake system has been updated as well with openings in the rear side sections rather than the scoop on the engine hood as found on the outgoing model.

The new 911 GT3 RSR is compliant with Le Mans 24 Hours, FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series as well as the International GT Open rule books.

The new 911 GT3 RSR will be delivered to customers starting in January 2012 with a selling price of 498,000 euro.  Falken racing has already announced they will be taking delivery of the new 911 GT3 RSR and we expect that Flying Lizard and the other big GT teams currently running 911 GT3 RSRs will follow suit.   Look for the U.S. debut of the new 911 GT3 RSR at Winter Testing sessions at Sebring with the race debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring to be held on March 17, 2012.

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