Preview of the 2016 24h of Le Mans
Welcome back to the WEC in Falso9Sports. After the test of Le Mans last Sunday, today we bring you the preview of this important motor race in the world. An intense race that begins on Wednesday with the first official practice and ends Sunday at three p.m. after many kilometres driven. We know more details:
Le Mans is a French town, capital of the Sarthe department located in the region of the Loire Valley. Its inhabitants are called Manceaux in French. There is a well preserved ancient town and a cathedral dedicated to Saint Julian of Le Mans. There are remains of a Roman wall in the old town and Roman baths by the river. Nowadays, is known worldwide for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious endurance motorsport event and one of the most famous sporting events in France. It is held since 1923 at the Circuit de La Sarthe and is part of the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
The Circuit de la Sarthe is a semi-permanent circuit of almost 14km in length. Runs along part of the Le Mans circuit used in motorcycling and the rest are secondary roads. It has a large back straight which is called straight des Hunaudières, where cars reach very high speeds, reaching almost 400 km/h in the 1980s, before the construction of two chicanes, the first right and the second to the left. Another of the most famous parts of this circuit is the Dunlop Bridge, which appears in almost every night shots with cars passing below. It is the most significant part with the straight des Hunaudières. Holds this race since 1923.
THE RACE AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
As in other aspects, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a special race. WEC participating teams and the winners of the European Le Mans Series and Le Mans Series 2015 will take part in the race. Obviously, counting all categories. In addition, the party joins an innovation project: the SRT41 by Oak Racing. This year we have a list that extends to the 60 participating teams. A list can be viewed at this link.
As for the WEC, we should discuss the state of the championship. After an unexpected start. Porsche is currently leading, followed by Toyota and Audi in the Constructors’ Championship. In the drivers’ championship the leaders are the Porsche # 17 (LMP1), the RGR Motorsport (LMP2), AF Corse # 71 (GTEPro) and Aston Martin # 98 (GTeam). We must remember that this test scores double for pilots WEC so I could reverse this situation easily.
The schedule of the 24 Heures du Mans is a bit special. Free practice is on Wednesday 15 at 16:00 and last 4 hours. Then there are three qualifying sessions. Q1 is Wednesday at 22:00 and lasts 2 hours, Q2 and Q3 are on Thursday at 16:00 and 22:00 respectively. Also they last two hours. In WEC, the qualifying system is very different. Each car is piloted by two or three drivers. Then, everyone makes a lap and is taken as reference the average of the two or three times. No matter in which session you do it, in the three sessions take the same timesheet. Obviously, the car with the shortest average time will start from the pole.
On Friday we rest and Saturday morning at 9 gets a Warm-up that lasts an hour and finally at 15:00 on Saturday starts the race.
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