Tag: Le Mans

Kobayashi secures pole for Toyota Racing at 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours

  Toyota Racing firm up their bid for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours title as they secured pole position in the final qualifying on Thursday with the fastest-ever lap. Once again, it was Kamui Kobayashi in the TS050 Hybrid car no.7 who captured pole with a lap time of 3:14.791 and an average speed of 251.9 km/h. Kobayashi shares car no.7 with Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin.

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Toyota fastest in first qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours

  The 2017 Le Mans 24-Hour. the third round of the WEC (World Endurance Championship) has kicked started on Wednesday with the first qualifying session. The first qualifiers saw Toyota Racing picked up pole position, courtesy of its Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi. Toyota Racing aims for its very first Le Mans title, against rival Porsche Motorsport, this weekend. The first qualifiers was shortened by 20 minutes.

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Porsche Motorsport eye repeat Le Mans 24-Hour title

  This weekend’s Le Mans 24-Hour sees Reigning Champion Porsche Motorsport try to defend their crown at the world’s toughest endurance race. For a third consecutive year, Porsche will face their toughest opponent, Toyota Racing, for the overall title. The Japanese manufacturer has yet to win Le Mans. In 2016, Toyota retired in a dramatic finish just minutes before the end of the race with a technical failure and in 2017 competes with three cars against the two Porsche 919 Hybrid in the top LMP1-H class.

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A guide to the Le Mans 24-Hour

With the Le Mans 24 Hours just around the corner, here’s a guide to everything you need to know when attending the world’s most popular round-the-clock endurance race.  According to the folks at Lemans.org, the event is listed on National Geographic as one of the top 10 sporting events to attend at least once in your life.

Public excitement begins to ramp up on the Sunday before the race in the streets of Le Mans. Every car and driver entered in the race gather downtown for the administrative and technical checks. It’s the perfect opportunity for fans to get within reach of the racing cars and to share conversations with the drivers and mechanics.

The same exchange is possible again on Tuesday at the circuit during the autograph session, and on Friday the day before the start of the race. Once again in the streets of the city, the drivers can be seen at the Drivers’ parade where they will give out autographed cards, little goodies, souvenir t-shirts and more.

Throughout the week, spectators are able to enjoy the downtown area all about the 24 Hours of Le Mans and take in some local culture with decorations pretty much everywhere, countless shops participating in the atmosphere by offering photos, souvenirs and the like.

The heart of the event is of course at the circuit! Whether you’re 5,10, 30 or 50 years old, passing through the entrance of the circuit will stay with you forever.

Being on the edge of the track watching the cars go by at top speeds: even if you are familiar with endurance racing and watch it on television, to see the prototypes and GTs take on the Ford chicanes ahead of the grandstands straight, or go into the ultrafast portion after the Dunlop bridge, will leave a strong impression. Access to the grandstands is free throughout the week so you can watch the cars from various viewpoints. For the race, you must have the appropriate ticket to access the grandstands. If you wish to get a bird’s-eye view, you can take to the sky in a helicopter or on the big ferris wheel and enjoy a 360° view of everything under the sun at the circuit.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans village offers plenty of shops, activities and places to get a bite to eat and take a break. You can try out the racing car simulators and even take on the role of a mechanic and carry out a pit stop, head over to the Women’s Pavilion, stop by exhibitions highlighting the history of the race and more…all free of charge.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, the heart of the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit beats at a concert rhythm. The center of the circuit transforms into a massive open-air concert venue. This year the artists set to perform are Kool & the Gang, Amir and The Celtic Social Club. You can attend every concert simply with your race admission ticket. Access to the grandstands is free throughout the week!

To quench your thirst for endurance racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and take full advantage of your first time attending in person, you should also experience the events organized outside of the circuit, in the surrounding areas of Le Mans. The events include outdoor viewing at Neuville-sur-Sarthe, Classic British Welcome vintage and modern cars exhibition, Jaguar showcase at the Mulsanne corner and more.

It is quite impossible to go through the entire program of the 24 Hours of Le Mans week, there is so much to do. Le Mans can be enjoyed during the entire week, a free practice evening or simply the weekend of the race itself, it’s up to you…


Vinales takes flawless win at Le Mans

  Maverick Vinales took his third win of the season following a flawless ride at Le Mans. The win sealed Yamaha’s 500th GP win. Cal Crutchlow of the Satellite Honda Team and Dani Pedrosa were second and third; it was Pedrosa’s 147 career podium finish. Rossi was out-of-luck at Le Mans as he fell from his bike on the last lap, while battling for the top spot with his team mate.

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MotoGP GP of France: Vinales leads all-Yamaha front row at Le Mans

  Qualifiers for the Grand Prix of France at Le Mans saw Yamaha riders take the top three fastest lap times to fill up the front row of the starting grid. Maveick Vinales led team mate Valentino Rossi, who in turn led Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco. Zarco was third fastest in the Satellite Yamaha.

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Crews prepare for MotoGP Round 5 challenge at Le Mans

  MotoGP crews visit the resurfaced Le Mans Circuit for Round 5 of the Championship, this weekend. The Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit was built in 1965 and started hosting Grand Prix from the late sixties until 1996, and from 2000 after a serious accident in 1995 saw the track update its safety. The 4.2km lay-out of five left and nine right corners with a 674m longest straight, places the emphasis on late braking, hard acceleration and rear end traction, which plays into the hand of Yamaha and promises for a great show on Sunday.

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Toyota Racing approach 2017 Le Mans 24-hour with revised drivers line-up

  After the brilliant wins from the first two rounds of the WEC (World Endurance Championship) season, Toyota Racing have confirmed a modified driver line-up to optimize its competitive level in next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours, the third round of the WEC.

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Toyota Racing continues winning run at WEC Spa 6-hour

  As a precursor race to next month’s Le Mnn 24 Hours, the WEC 6-hour Spa was a stage for the competitors to set a benchmark for the biggest endurance race of the year. Toyota Racing continues their winning run at Spa with the victory at Spa, courtesy of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima. Team mates Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi in the TS050 car no.7 took up second place, finishing just 1.99 seconds from the winning TS050 car no.8.

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Audi R18 e-tron fastest at Le Mans test

  At the Le Mans test day held two weeks before the 24-hour race, Audi completed its preparation phase with a wealth of valuable findings. The brand’s first diesel hybrid sports car set the fastest time of the day.

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