Porsche celebrated its 18th victory in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race after leading Toyota broke down less than four minutes before the end of the race. Prior to that, Neel Jani took the wheel of a Porsche 919 at the finish of the race and went on the hunt for the leading Kazuki Nakayimo. The Swiss reduced the gap from a minute and 10 seconds to just 30 seconds in the last part, but he had to box two new tires ten minutes before the end, giving Nakajima a free path to the finish in Toyota. At Toyota, they eagerly awaited their first win in the race at Le Mans, but three and a half minutes before the end, the Japanese had to slow down. Jani thus took the lead, celebrating his first victory in the toughest endurance test with Marco Lieb and Romain Dumas. Nakajima finally managed to drive the car over
Just before the start of this year's 24ur Le Mans race, Ford confirmed that they are returning to the famous race themselves with a brand new supercar GT, which will compete in the GTE Pro class, the highest class of race cars based on production cars. . Next year will mark exactly 50 years since the famous victory in this most famous endurance race that Ford reaped with its GT40. With four race cars, they will compete with renowned sports brands such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, and plan to compete in the entire WEC World Endurance Championship, which includes the Le Mans race, and the United SportCar Championship. Ford finished the race in Le Mans in 1966 in the top three, ending Ferrari's dominance. Ford sla
The famous 24hr Le Mans race is in the spotlight these days. There are quite a few former Formula One racers, as well as current ones, and almost four years ago Kimi Raikkonen, who has tested himself in many other racing series in the last few years, sat behind the wheel of a Peugeot 908 racing prototype in Spain. in the WRC and NASCAR World Rally Championships. "I enjoyed testing. The car is fun to drive," said the Finn, who did not decide to take part in the race later. The 2007 champion, however, may have to decide in the next few months where, if at all, he will continue his racing career. A performance at Le Mans is definitely on the list of every heart racer like Raikkonen.
The organizers of the 24-hour Le Mans race, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, have achieved an increase in the number of garages from 56 to as many as 60 for the coming year. Initially, it was thought that we would get this renovation this year, but now it has been postponed to next year, when they will also reorganize the paddock, says ACO President Pierre Fillon: "We will build more garages, but we also need to reorganize the paddock, which we will made it to the place where the parc ferme is now. That's why we have to wait and tackle it for the coming year. 99,99% is that we will have 2016 race cars at the start in 60. " The starting line-up will not be extended to get more space for the pits, but there is quite a bit of work to be done. Precisely because of this, the question arises as to whether the plan may not be postponed for a year later. It is definitely 60 dir
Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais won the 12-hour Sebring race with the Action Express team. The trio took the lead with Chevrolet in the second hour and drove a round of advantage until nine. Despite the safety car, the competition did not manage to get closer, as in the end they took second place at Wayne Taylor Racing, with a lap behind. After the race, of course, the winners were very enthusiastic, especially Bourdais: "The feeling is unique, it's amazing to win a race like this, which was mentally very tiring for us." Of course, it is worth mentioning that Wayne Taylor faced major brake problems in the qualifiers, which led to them spending as much as a third of the race to make up for this backlog. RESULTS AFTER 340 ROUNDS: Pos. Cat. Racer Team Auto Zaost
Fernando Alonso will probably not be allowed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the next Formula One season. The Spaniard watched this year's race live and has been looking for a free seat ever since, aiming to compete in a Porsche race car driven by Mark Webber, a former Formula One racer. Nico Hulkenberg managed to arrange a performance at Le Mans with his employer, Force India, and Alonso was prevented from doing so by a contract with McLarn and Honda. Hondo's performance for Porsche doesn't bother them as much as it would for a competitor in the market, such as Toyota, Nissan or Audi. McLaren, which is trying to establish itself as a manufacturer of super sports cars, also sees a conflict of interest in the performance. The question, however, is also how a performance in a race car would be worn by Michael
Nico Hulkenberg has received permission from his boss to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Porsche in addition to racing for Force Indio next year. Prior to that, he will drive at the six-hour event, which will take place in Spa in May in preparation for the twenty-four-hour race. Hulkenberg said the opportunity was too tempting to turn down, as the Porsche-Le Mans combination is certainly appealing to any racer. "I've been a Porsche fan for a long time and watched their return in the LMP1 class, which further increased the desire for their car to drive in Le Mans. I'm pleased that the race doesn't overlap with the Formula 1 calendar, and I'm grateful that I "Force India has generously allowed us to take part. But now I have to work hard to meet the expectations of both sides," Hulkenberg said.
The nine-time winner of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, Tom Kristensen has announced his farewell from the world of racing. The 47-year-old Norwegian, who won the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Alan McNish and Loic Duval last year, will drive his last race in Brazil on 30 November. “That day had to come,” Kristensen said. "I can only thank Audi and all the staff for all the happy moments. I had the special honor of driving for the best team and the best car manufacturer of the last 15 years. I have worked with great teammates and other fantastic people. I have won many titles with Audi and racing, as well as experiencing some memorable, emotional moments. I wouldn't have been able to achieve such a string of 24 Hours of Le Mans without Audi. " It's Christensen
Finn Kimi Raikkonen said he would like to one day compete in the World Relic Cross Championships, a series that has recently seen a jump in ratings and thus attracted big names such as Peter Solberg, Mattias Ekstrom and Jacques Villeneuve. "Relicross seems interesting to me. It looks a lot of fun. It's very similar to a rally, except you race against other racers on the track, not a stopwatch," said Raikkonen, who also competed in the WRC World Rally Championship between 2010 and 2011. “I really enjoyed the rally, which is very strenuous and a big challenge,” added the Finn, who said on his return to Formula One that he missed a very direct duel with the rivals on the track in the rally. “I think it’s right to try as many different things as possible in life, because that’s how you have fun and learn a lot at the same time.
At the dramatic 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, where all seven factory LMP1 race cars struggled, Audi celebrated a double victory. Banoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer successfully drove Audi’s second race car all the way to the finish line, while the first one, with a cast of racers Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and Marco Gene, had a few more problems. Both Audi race cars were bothered by the turbocharger, which gave Porsche's 919 Hybrid race car, driven by Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, the lead and had the opportunity to win just three hours before the end of the 24-hour test. But the Porsche trio could not compete with the Audi # 2, which overtook them in the fight for second place even before Webber had to slow down due to problems. That