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Le Mans 2010: For Those With No Life by Matt
June 11, 2010, 8:43 pm
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It’s no secret that I’m a complete sucker for some car racing, and the Le Mans 24 Hours is the pinnacle of motor racing. Every year over 50 cars hit the public highway in France to compete in the most gruelling sports car race in the world. Because I don’t have any friends, I plan on spending as much time as I can watching the race (dad had to go and be born on Le Mans weekend…jeez) The racing will be broadcast on channel ONE in HD for a few hours, as well as Eurosport on Foxtel for 22 of the 24 hours.

– t,

LMP1 – #4 Team ORECA Matmut, Peugeot 908 HDi FAP


As cool as the Aston Martin entries may look in the legendary Gulf colours, they’re no match for the diesel powered prototypes. With the disappointing lack of my favourite Team Pescarolo from the grid this year, I’ve decided to back another long-running team that has received help from a manufacturer. Team ORECA will be running the fourth Peugeot 908 this year and I’ll be backing them to ruin the factory teams’ domination. I’ll be hoping that the second Oreca P1 car does alright as well in the unofficial “petrol” class.

LMP2 – #26 Highcroft Racing, HPD ARX-01C

The American HPD (Honda) prototypes are much much faster than the rest of the LMP2 category, although whether they’ll last the distance is yet to be shown. If one of them is to win, I’ll be backing the Highcroft team seen above with Aussie ex-pat son of a legend (and last year’s winner) David Brabham on board.

GT1 – #73 Luc Alphard Adventures, Corvette C6.R GT1


Unfortunately the GT1 category is a shadow of its former self, with many of the manufacturers now concentrating on the GT2 category. However there’s still some of the infamous C6.Rs left in the bracket, and you can’t but love the bone shattering sound of these beasts. #73 with Xavier Massen on board should be a chance at a class victory and if history shows us anything they’ll be sure to upset more than a few prototypes.

GT2 – #63 Corvette Racing, Corvette C6.R GT2


Ok so #64 is pictured here, but it’s basically the same looking as the sister C6.R. These guys are now in the GT2 category after dominating GT1 for years. This team is a favourite among the French for their patriotic brashness, and I’ll admit that they’ve won me over as well. Although the cars don’t look anywhere as mean as last year but they’re just as quick.

GT2 is easily the most competitive category this year and for sure it will be the place to look for the most entertaining battles. As well as backing Corvette for the win, I’ll be hoping that Schnitzer’s BMW Motorsport entries do well. Of course the Koons car looks great, but the team’s “normal” livery on its sister M3 GT2 is pretty slick looking in traditional German racing white. These guys were off the pace for the whole lead-up, but they’ve been slowly bringing themselves towards the leaders in GT2, hopefully come race day the famous BMW reliability will help them have a shot at a podium.

And that’s about it! Race start is 3pm local time on Saturday and it all doesn’t end until 3pm Sunday. You can get a brilliant spotters guide for all the 56 entries here. Hopefully I’ll be able to make the pilgrimage to this amazing event some time in the near future to experience it all in person.

Opening image from PeugeotBelux. All other images of the cars come courtesy of Endurance Info.

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