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Le Mans 24 Hour memories from 2019

Qualification practice 2 on 13/06/2019 at the Le Mans 24H 2019

The #93 factory Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Patrick Pilet
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #93 factory Porsche 911 RSR driven by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Patrick Pilet speeds past the pit lane exit in the early evening during Q2 on Thursday 13 June

As the weekend of the original 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours approaches, 13-14 June, we take a look back at some of the events that took place during the race week in 2019. Had things been running normally in 2020, we would have been on the ground at Le Mans this week, firmly ensconced in the Media Centre and capturing all the pre-race action, practice, qualifying and all the other events leading up to race day.

The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Thomas Preining
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Thomas Preining is put through scrutineering at the Place de la République on Monday 10 June

But because there are so many racing enthusiasts around the world disappointed at the lack of racing at present, we thought we would bring you a look behind the scenes and some of our memories from the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. You can visit our website for a full report on last year’s race here.

So, let’s reminisce a little about the 2019 Le Mans race week…

The #78 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Louis and Philippe Prette with Vincent Abril
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #78 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR driven by Louis and Philippe Prette with Vincent Abril, is put through scrutineering at the Place de la République on Monday 10 June

The drivers line up on the start/finish for the annual “Class of 2019” photo shoot
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The drivers line up under the Rolex arch on the start/finish straight for the annual “Class of 2019” photo shoot on Tuesday 11 June

The #99 Krohn Racing Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Tracy Krohn, Patrick Long and Niclas Jönsson
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #99 Krohn Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Tracy Krohn, Patrick Long and Niclas Jönsson negotiates the Ford Chicane early on during practice on Wednesday 12 June. A short while later, the car was involved in an accident on the Mulsanne Straight in which the #99 car was damaged beyond repair and driver Tracy Krohn hospitalised. Despite a replacement chassis being sourced and the car being ready for racing on the weekend, the doctors would not give Tracy Krohn the all-clear to drive, although he revealed to the author that he was feeling fine. What a pity!

The #93 factory Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Patrick Pilet
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #93 factory Porsche 911 RSR driven by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Patrick Pilet enters the start/finish straight at the beginning of another lap during practice on Wednesday 12 June

The #56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti rides the ‘baguettes’ as it negotiates the Ford Chicane early on during practice on Wednesday 12 June. This car would go on to win the GTE Am class

The #92 factory Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #92 factory Porsche 911 RSR driven by Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor exits the pit lane during practice on Wednesday 12 June

The #92 factory Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #92 factory Porsche 911 RSR driven by Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor exits the Ford Chicane during practice, just after the thunderstorm hit on Wednesday 12 June

The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Thomas Preining
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Thomas Preining climbs the hill to the Dunlop Bridge during Q2 on Thursday 13 June

The #91 factory Porsche 911 RSR driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frédéric Makowiecki
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #91 factory Porsche 911 RSR driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frédéric Makowiecki climbs the hill to the Dunlop Bridge during Q2 on Thursday 13 June. The #91 Porsche would finish second in the GTE Pro class

The #94 factory Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Mathieu Jaminet, Sven Müller and Dennis Olsen
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The #94 factory Porsche 911 RSR driven by Mathieu Jaminet, Sven Müller and Dennis Olsen approaches the Dunlop Bridge during Q2 on Thursday 13 June

The author (left) sits with Tracy Krohn (right) in the team’s hospitality tent
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The author (left) sits with Tracy Krohn (right) in the team’s hospitality tent on Thursday 13 June. Krohn had just been released from the hospital with the news that he was not allowed to drive in the race

Race engineers Norbert Singer ex-Porsche (left) and Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich ex-Audi (right)
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: Race engineers Norbert Singer ex-Porsche (left) and Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich ex-Audi (right) deep in discussion after the annual ACO Press Conference on Friday 14 June

Patrick Dempsey, pictured after receiving the 2019 Spirit of Le Mans award
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: Patrick Dempsey, pictured after receiving the 2019 Spirit of Le Mans award from the ACO at the annual ACO Press Conference on Friday 14 June

The author (left) sits with Wayne Taylor (right)
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The author (left) sits with Wayne Taylor (right), a pair of old school friends from South Africa on Friday 14 June. Taylor, who became a highly successful racing driver then later set up his own race team in the USA, Wayne Taylor Racing, always visits Le Mans when his sons (Ricky and Jordan) are competing there

The author caught up with the legend Hurley Haywood for a quick chat in the Porsche hospitality tent
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: The author caught up with legend Hurley Haywood for a quick chat in the Porsche hospitality tent on Friday 14 June. Not long before, we had just published a review of his autobiography on the Porsche Road & Race website

 Porsche PR manager, Oliver Hilger (left), puts factory driver Nick Tandy (2nd from left), Director Factory Motorsport Pascal Zurlinden (3rd from left) and Mark Webber (right)
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: Porsche PR manager, Oliver Hilger (left), puts factory driver Nick Tandy (2nd from left), Director Factory Motorsport Pascal Zurlinden (3rd from left) and Mark Webber (right) under the spotlight during a Q&A session for the media in the Porsche hospitality tent on Friday 14 June

On every Friday afternoon at Le Mans, the pit lane is open to the public for the ever-popular pit walk
Le Mans 24 Hours, 15-16 June 2019: On every Friday afternoon at Le Mans, the pit lane is open to the public for the ever-popular pit walk. In this photo, the pit lane is quite empty but it is usually chock full of spectators

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