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    Le Mans 2015: As it has happened



    Le Mans is a historic city situated in the heart of France and is a place of scenic beauty, medieval churches, cobbled streets and half-timbered houses but the city is more known for its automotive connections.

    Le Mans-France-The Roman City Wall-C.Burtaire.

    Back in 1923 a very different category of race kick started at this place called Le Mans 24 Hour Race and as the name suggests it is a twenty four hour event of non-stop racing.


    Every year major giants including Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette, Aston Martin, and Toyota assemble in this picturesque town to compete against each other to test the competence of their cars and drivers in this endurance test.

    The 83rd edition of the event, Le Mans 2015 started on 13th June and just finished earlier this evening, so we thought of doing a one station pit stop for all your Le Mans questions and the result of this year’s race.


    There are three basic categories in Le Mans racing as follows.

    LMP1 – LM P1 stands for Le Mans Prototype which is inclined towards the car manufacturers. Manufacturers can come with hybrid or non-hybrid cars to race against one another and prove their dominance over other manufacturers. This category enjoys the most attention due to its direct connection with the big league players.

    Nissan GT-R LM NISMO


    LMP2 – Prototype2 category is destined to particular teams independent of manufacturers and engines.



    LM GTE Pro and Am – Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance is category meant for 2 door, 4 seater road legal cars racing among themselves in the professional and amateur class.


    No driver can drive the car constantly for 24 hours so teams are allowed to have three drivers and change them when the car comes for pit stop.



    Position Drivers Team Car Qual. Time
    1 Jani/Lieb/Dumas Porsche 919 Hybrid 3m 16.887s
    2 Webber/Hartley/Bernhard Porsche 919 Hybrid 3m 17.767s
    3 Hulkenberg/Tandy/Bamber Porsche 919 Hybrid 3m 18.862s
    4 Duval/di Grassi/Jarvis Audi Sport Team R18 e-tron 3m 19.866s
    5 Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer Audi Sport Team R18 e-tron 3m 20.561s


    Position Drivers Team Car Qual. Time
    1 Howson/Lapierre/Bradley KCMG Oreca – Nissan 3m 38.032s
    2 Rusinov/Canal/Bird G-Drive Ligier-Nissan 3m 38.939s
    3 Lancaster/Paletou/Hirsch Greaves Gibson-Nissan 3m 38.958s
    4 Turvey/Evans/Dolan Jota Gibson-Nissan 3m 39.004s
    5 Panciatici/Chatin/Cappillaire Signatech Alpine Nissan 3m 39.609s


    Position Drivers Team Car Qual. Time Category
    1 MacDowall/Stanaway/Rees Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE 3m 54.928s GTE Pro
    2 Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia 3m 55.028s GTE Pro
    3 Lamy/Lauda/Dalla Lana Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE 3m 55.102s GTE Am
    4 Turner/Mucke/Bell Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE 3m 55.466s GTE Pro
    5 Sorensen/Thiim/Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE 3m 55.783s GTE Pro


    Audi-Porsche tussle this year stole the limelight of the race. We saw some great racing from racers coming from different categories like Formula 1 drivers (Nico Hulkenberg, Mark Webber), Formula-E (Lucas Di Grassi, Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost, Daniel Abt, Sam Bird and Karun Chandok) and Le Mans drivers (Max Chilton, Oliver Jarvis etc.) but eventually Porsche finished one-two.


    Number 19 Porsche driven by Nico, Earl and Nick emerged as the winner followed by number 17 of Webber, Tino and Brendon. Audi’s defending champs Lotterer, Treluyer and Faessler finished last on the podium of P1.

    2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. Wednesday 11 June 2014.  Timo Bernhard/Mark Webber/Brendon Hartley, Porsche Team, No.20 Porsche 919 Hybrid.  World Copyright: Jeff Bloxham/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image DSC_2142 -------------------- LAT 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Le Mans 24 Hours 11 June 2014 ©2014 LAT all rights reserved

    In LMP2 category, KCMG took first slot, JOTA Sport took P2 away whereas G-Drive finised third.

    GTE category saw a great contest but the last hour Aston Martin’s crash in Am proved fatal from them. In GTE-Pro category, Corvette finished first followed by two AF Corses. In GTE-Am SMP Racing took position before Dempsey Porsche and Scuderia Corsa Ferrari finished third in the league.


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