Race day at Le Mans

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The greatest race in the world, starts in less than an hour, so this is my final blogpost prior to the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015.

The starting order and starting drivers are as follows:

#18 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid –  Neel Jani P1
#17 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid – Timo Benhard P1
#19 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid –  Nico Hulkenberg P1
#8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 E-tron – Loic Duval P1
#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 E-tron – Andre Lotterer P1
#9 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 E-tron – Marco Bonanomi P1
#2 Toyota Racing Toyota TS040 – Alex Wurz P1
#1 Toyota Racing Toyota TS040 –  Sebastien Buemi P1
#12 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-ONE –  Mathias Beche P1
#13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-ONE –  Alexandre Imperatori P1
#14 KCMG Oreca 05 – Richard Bradley P2
#26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 – Sam Bird P2
#41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson 0155 – Jon Lancaster P2
#38 JOTA Sport Gibson 0155 – Oliver Turvey P2
#36 Signatech Alpine A450B – Paul Loup Chatin P2
#46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 – Tristan Gommendy P2
#34 Oak Racing Ligier JS P2 – Laurens Vanthoor P2
#48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R – Nathaneal Berthon P2
#28 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 – Luis Felipe Derani P2
#43 Team Sard Morand Morgan Evo – Oliver Webb P2
#29 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan – Leo Roussel P2
#27 SMP Racing BR 01 – Nicolas Minassian P2
#42 Strakka Racing Strakka DOME – Jonny Kane P2
#37 SMP Racing BR 01 – Mikhail Aleshin P2
#30 ESM Ligier JS P2 – Ryan Dalziel P2
#31 ESM Ligier JS P2 Jon Fogarty P2
#40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 – Joao Barbosa P2
#35 Oak Racing Ligier JS P2 Jacques Nicolet P2
#4 Team Bykolles CLM P1/01 – Pierre Kaffer P1
#22 Nissan Motorsports GT-R LM Nismo – Harry Tincknell P1
#23 Nissan Motorsports GT-R LM Nismo – Jann Mardenborough P1
#21 Nissan Motorsports GT-R LM Nismo – Lucas Ordonez P1
#45 Ibanez Racing Oreca 03R – Jose Ibanez P2
#99 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage – Richie Stanaway GTE PRO
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 – Gianmaria Bruni GTE PRO
#98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 – Pedro Lamy  GTE AM
#97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 – Stefan Mucke GTE PRO
#95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 – Nicki Thiim GTE PRO
#91 Porsche Team Manthey Vantage V8 – Richard Lietz GTE PRO
#83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 – Emmanuele Collard GTE AM
#72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 – Andrea Bertolini GTE AM
#92 Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR – Patrick Pilet GTE PRO
#64 Corvette Racing GM C7.R – Oliver Gavin GTE PRO
#53 Riley Motorsports Viper GTS-R – Jeroen Bleekemolen GTE AM
#77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR – Patrick Long GTE AM
#88 Abu Dhabi Proton Porsche 911 RSR – Klaus Bachler GTE AM
#55 AF Corse Ferrari 458 – Matt Griffin GTE AM
#61 AF Corse Ferrari 458 – Raffaele Giammaria  GTE AM
#62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 – Jeffrey Segal GTE AM
#50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R – Paolo Ruberti GTE AM
#66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 – Jakub Giermaziak GTE AM
#96 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 – Stuart Hall GTE AM
#67 Team AAI Porsche 911 RSR – Xavier Maassen GTE AM
#71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 – James Calado GTE PRO
#68 Team AAI Porsche 911 RSR –  Mike Parisy GTE AM

Ok so excuse for a few formatting errors in the list. Hope for a safe enjoyable race ahead. I will be around for the full 24 Hours, so if anyone has any questions including if this is your first 24 Hours of Le Mans, you can email me or enter them in the comments below and I will attempt at least to answer them throughout the race.

Most of all, enjoy!

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Tim C.

Saw the replay of the #8 Audi had . . . it’s amazing there wasn’t more damage. A new nose and rear and back on its way. And, to only be down a lap, that’s a testament to the strength af the car and preparation of the team. Awesome stuff!

Tom Firth

It most certainly is, this is the brilliance of Audi, and Porsche to be fair in the level of preparation, and responsiveness in the event, something doesn’t go to plan, that makes this race, even more special. Porsche did over 37,000 Km’s of testing in preparation for this race.

GaryK

I have been enjoying the entire race using the WEC iPad app. No TV required at all. In addition to the commented world feed, they offer in car cameras for approx.15 of the top cars in classes. We also get a live feed showing positions on track with car numbers and color coding for each class and lots more for just $10. They have posted gobs of features with tech info, etc. Somehow they have managed to produce it all in a way that is interesting to watch hour after hour. The experience is almost as immersive as being there… Read more »

Tom Firth

One answer Gary is television contracts, the other is the series being willing to do so, F1 could probably make it happen, even with TV contracts as it is, or if not, within a 5-6 year cycle once current contracts end, in renegotiation.

The series choses not too, just happy the WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans do, I’m also really glad you are enjoying the race :-)

Tim C.

I watched the first few hours on Fox Sports 1. Bob Varsha and the rest of the crew do a pretty good job. When that coverage ended after about 4 hours, I started searching out a live steam that I could watch. I stumbled across a feed from Eurosport with english commentary. I think it was the UK commentary team, but I could be wrong about that. Regardless, I really liked the Eurosport coverage. They seemed to do a really good job unpacking the race. They even answered questions from Twitter which was a nice touch. After a few hours… Read more »

Tom Firth

Eurosport are very good, provide coverage throughout, my personal favourite is Radiolemans but is nothing wrong what so ever with either broadcast. The sky is only just starting to get abit lighter here now, 3:49 am in the UK :-) 10 hours, 10 minutes to go!

Tom Firth

F1 does have a tendency to bundle its streaming packages within the TV contracts, is what I mean by TV deals to clarify.

GaryK

Yes, I understand the F1 mess. I see no way out of it for them until a cataclysmic inflection point of some sort. There are several ways I can see it happening. But for today, a real treat for those of watching Le Mans!

Tom Firth

You are probably correct. Have you watched Le Mans before? A little more spoilt as a viewer at home this year, usually the overnights, we have some cameras in certain places, locked off. It’s new this year that we are seeing broadcast cameras of the entire circuit right through the overnight.

GaryK

Fox Sports (formerly known as Speed Channel) broadcast almost all of the race except the wee hours of the morning. This year they have butchered the coverage with most of it on Fox 2 which is not widely carried by cable providers. Notably Fox 1 did not show the start and apparently is showing just the post race celebration. Be that as it may, the WEC app coverage is superior to anything we see on Fox.

Tom Firth

Yeah, it’s a shame about that, since the demise of SPEED. Still as you say the WEC app is an ideal replacement. Just wondering who is doing the commentary on the “App”?

GaryK

I’ve been listening for that. They recently did a crew change. Another thing I like is the that the presenters do not need feel the need to endlessly repeat basics about tires, cars etc. I might get on Twitter and ask who is presenting. I bet they’d be happy to share that.

Tom Firth

I think Ben Constanduros, Peter Dumbreck, Gilles Dawson and Mark James are doing that feed. I’ve got Eurosport and Radiolemans here.

Tom Firth

It could be Bob Constanduros actually, it’s one of the family.

Tom Firth

Just under 6 hours remain, Only 1 WEC race distance left :(

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