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Le Mans 24 Hours Race Week

A pre-race teaser of the exciting weekend to come.

Official group shot of the cars showing the full starting grid at Le Mans 24H
Official group shot of the cars showing the full starting grid
Le Mans race control tower and main grand stands
Le Mans race control tower and main grand stands ahead of Qualifying Practice on Wednesday – under heavy skies!

Without doubt, this race is recognised as the most important, the most charged and the one that everyone who is anybody in endurance racing wants to drive in or watch from the stands. In particular, this year, being the 99th year since its inception, there are great expectations and high anticipation for the growth of the event on the international stage, especially following two difficult years during the covid pandemic.

No. 8 Toyota at Le Mans 24 Hours
No. 8 Toyota sits in the pit garage

But the race is not just a matter of 24 hours of the most intense, highly competitive, door-handle-to-door-handle racing on the planet, there is just so much more to this age-old spectacle than that. For instance, the scrutineering sessions start the ball rolling at the beginning of race week, this is a two-day event held in the middle of the city of Le Mans and the ACO and the city authorities certainly know how to give the crowds who turn out for this show, something to remember. The vehicles are loaded onto roll-back recovery trucks at the circuit and driven through the town to be unloaded at the Place de la République where the locals gather in great number to watch the goings on. Once the cars have passed the technical scrutineering part, the drivers and team rejoin their steeds where they are presented all clean and sparkling for the press to photograph. But there is more, because this is where the drivers do a sweep of the crowds signing autographs and posing for innumerable ‘selfies.’

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