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Author Topic: Le Mans 24 hours  (Read 4139 times)

Offline Neil.P

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2007, 11:13:36 AM »
Nice one Stig, cheers!

The Audi No 2 car that had led the Le Mans 24-Hours race since the first corner crashed out of the race with seven hours to go.
Italian Rinaldo Capello was at the wheel when he lost control and hit a tyre barrier.

Earlier his British co-driver Allan McNish had set a lap record.

The Audi No 1 car, with the driving trio who won last year's race, are now in front with Jacques Villeneuve's Peugeot in second.

The Audi No 2, driven by McNish, Capello and seven-time winner Tom Kristensen, captured the lead on the first corner after an error by Peugeot pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais.

They established a two-lap lead with Scot McNish setting a new record lap of three minutes 27.204 seconds, which eclipsed the 1993 mark set by Eddie Irvine in a Toyota.

But Capello's crash left the Audi No 1, driven by Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner, four laps clear of Villeneuve's Peugeot.

Audi are looking for their fourth consecutive win in the race.

Mike Rockenfeller was an early casualty in the third Audi

Canadian Villeneuve is making his Le Mans debut and hoping to join the late Graham Hill as the only other man to have achieved motor racing's 'triple crown' of the F1 title, the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans.

Like Audi, Peugeot, who are returning to Le Mans for the first time since their one-two-three in 1993, are relying on diesel technology.

Audi, the first-ever diesel-fuelled winners last year, lost their third car, driven by German Mike Rockenfeller, 90 minutes into the race after it crashed out in changing weather conditions.

A safety car was introduced after just over an hour of racing, because of heavy rain, to allow competitors to change tyres.

The Audis opted for slick ones and the gamble paid off, the sun soon coming out and drying up the track.

Nightfall brought dry and still conditions to the 13.269-km circuit.

Johnny Herbert, a Le Mans winner in 1991, was leading the GT1 field in a works Aston Martin, over a minute clear of another Aston driven by Rickard Rydell.


Offline Neil.P

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2007, 11:18:48 AM »
After 20 hours of racing, the No.1 Audi is still in the lead, in front of the No.7 and No.8 Peugeots and the No.16 Pescarolo. Four hours from the finish, the sky is getting darker and the weather is becoming questionable. The list of cars withdrawn from the race has reached 22 entries. The LM P2 class seems to be the most decimated, with only 3 cars still racing. The 250,000 spectators that were here yesterday for the start should stay to the checkered flag, because there might be some surprises as we move toward the finish.


Offline Dare

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2007, 12:36:25 PM »
Excellent Stig, Kristensen still in the lead, surely he can't make it 8 Le mans wins can he :DntKnw: Still 21 hours to go yet!

For all you Freeview only peasents like me there is live coverage on Setanta between 19:00 - 19:30 and 21:30 - 22:00 this evening :good:



you should have Speed Channel Neil,LeMans coverage came on
again last nite at 10 pm and goes on to the end of race

democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are
willing to work and give to those who would not."

Offline Neil.P

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2007, 01:01:18 PM »
Wish I did have it dare, think I'll pop 'round my Dad's to watch the end on his satelite tv :good:


Offline Neil.P

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2007, 03:00:38 PM »
Just got back, watched the last hour, mainly under the safety car due to torrential rain.

The Audi driven by Frank Biela, Marco Werner and Emanuele Pirro came home first in the Le Mans 24-Hour race.
The team's No 1 R10 inherited the lead with seven hours to go after the No 2 car of Rinaldo Capello, Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen crashed out.

They had led the famous endurance event since the first corner, but Capello lost control and hit a tyre barrier.

Second place went to the Peugeot 908 driven by Sebastien Bourdais, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy.

With just 77 minutes left, the second Peugeot, with F1 champion Jacques Villenueve among its drivers, pulled out with engine problems.

It had been in second with a little more than two hours left when it dropped to fourth following a lengthy pit stop. Soon afterwards, it stopped for good.

Canadian Villeneuve was bidding to join the late Graham Hill as the only other man to have achieved a motorsport 'triple crown' of the F1 title, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans.

It was a second straight win both for the victorious trio of Biela, Pirro and Werner - who took the chequered flag - and Audi diesel power.

Werner won for the third time, while fellow German Biela and Italian Pirro each have five victories to their name. Audi have now won seven of the last eight Le Mans 24-Hour races.

Audi's winning car was the only one of their three to make it to the finish.

Their third R10 lasted just 90 minutes on Saturday before Mike Rockenfeller went off in wet conditions and backwards into a barrier.

The second Audi, piloted by Dindo Capello Scot Allan McNish and seven-time winner Tom Kristensen, led for over 16 hours, with McNish setting a new lap record.

But Italian Capello had a 43rd birthday to forget when a left rear wheel came off at 160mph, sending him into a tyre wall.

In the GT1 category, Aston Martin returned to the winner's podium, courtesy of David Brabham - son of legendary racer Sir Jack - another Briton, Darren Turner, and Swede Rickard Rydell. The trio were fifth overall.

It is'nt all bad news for Jacques though, at least his album's being released in France tomorrow  ::)


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Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2007, 04:33:38 PM »
Nice report Neil, enjoyed it.
Thanks Stig.

Offline Neil.P

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2007, 04:50:25 PM »
Thanks Stig, really enjoyed keeping my eye on what was going on over the 24 hours. Was about to say I wished I was one of the 250,000 supporters that attended the race but looking at the weather... maybe not!



Offline cosworth151

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2007, 04:04:23 PM »
We had it on in the bar at Indy. Watched it until they closed about 3:30am. Glad that so many F1 fans also follow Sports Cars.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline Dare

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2007, 04:34:51 AM »
Neil,found this on the Speed Channel site,thought you
may like it
play inside the Audi team
« Last Edit: June 21, 2007, 04:36:36 AM by dare »
democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are
willing to work and give to those who would not."

Offline Neil.P

Re: Le Mans 24 hours
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2007, 06:23:27 PM »
Hi dare, thanks for posting the link. Shame the number 3 car never made it to the end!



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