This year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after the in camera closed in 2020, then the sanitary gauge in 2021, the public returning the legendary endurance car race for the 90th edition. In its absence, almost nothing has changed: hegemonic, Toyota has postponed the last four editions. On the way to the fifth straight?
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Saturday, June 11, 2022
2- no. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing, Sebastien Buemi
3- no. 708 Glickenhaus Racing, Olivier Pla
2- No. 9 Prema Orlen Team, Robert Kubica
3- no. 5 Penske Team, Felipe Nasr
1- no. 64 Corvette Racing, Nick Tandy
2- no. 63 Corvette Racing, Antonio Garcia
3- no. 92 Porsche GT Team, Kevin Estre
1- no. 99 Hardpoint Motorsport, Alessio Picarello
2- n ° 46 Team Project 1, Matteo Cairoli
3- no. 79 Weathertech Racing, Julien Andlauer
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Relive the departure of the GTEs
The internal duel between the Toyota sisters is intensifying! The 7 is three seconds ahead of the 8, which pushes more and more to return. She always did the best lap until 3’28”923.
The Ultimate no. 35 received a penalty for overtaking under the yellow flag and had a car outside the limits of the tracks.
In LMP2, the Jotas have replaced themselves well: the 38th took the lead in the category while the 28th is fourth. In GTE-Am, small event: actor Michael Fassbender took the wheel of the Porsche 911 Proton no. 93.
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The 7 passes in front of the 8!
With the pit stop game, it was the No. 7 Toyota, driven by Mike Conway, that took the lead in front of his sister, the No. 8, who had waited one more lap to return. Business to follow!
Les Hypercars have started renting stands as well! So it will be between 11 and 12 laps for them, on average. For now, the No. 8 Toyota is still in the lead.
Kevin Be warned
French driver Kévin Estre, driving a Porsche 911 no. 92, was warned to exceed the limits of the circuit before renting to stands during a tour.
Toyota under pressure from Glickenhaus?
The Japanese team, which placed its No. 8 and No. 7 at the top of the race, is beginning to see the Glickenhaus return at the same pace as it did. The first three cars turn all under 3 minutes 30.
LMP2 auxiliary supports
Almost all the LMP2s returned to the pits after the seventh lap of the race, the cards are provisionally rebuffed behind the Hypercars, which still dominate the race.
One minute stop and go penalty for WRT number 31 after a collision at the beginning of the course. The car is currently ranked in the LMP2.
In GTE-Pro, Corvette seized a chance
On the other hand, in GTE-Pro, there are two Corvettes that dictate the tempo at the head of the race: at n ° 64, piloted by Nick Tandy, it is in front at n ° 63 by Antonio Garcia. The American car looks fit on the circuit they were eating.
The very good start of the Porsches
There are smiles at Porsche after the top start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans: five cars from the German team are in the lead in the GTE-Am category at the moment, after more than three laps. Proton’s No. 77 leads the dance.
Crevaison in GTE-Am
Chance step for Ferrari 488 no. 85 d’Iron Dames, victim of a crack in the first laps of the track. For their part, the race commissioners are conducting an investigation into the overtaking of DKR Engineering No. 3 and Ultimate No. 35 under a yellow flag.
The Toyota 8 is the fastest
At the top of the starting grid, the No. 8 Toyota driven by Sébastien Buemi is the fastest decided on the track! He set the fastest time in three sectors, for a time of 3’28”923.
With the first two track departures after departure, the LMP2 category promises to be the tightest! For now, the Prema Orlen Team of Robert Kubica, the former Formula 1 driver, dominates its competitors.
Hypercars in their ranks
In the premier class, the Toyota, which started in the front row, did not make a mistake on the first lap, with the 8 in front of the 7. Behind the Japanese cars are the Glickenhaus 708 and 709 followed by the Alpine piloted by Nicolas Lapierre for the best relay.
The Unit no. 22 and WRT no. 41 left the track and left the first turns after leaving in a whirlwind! These are already two LMP2s that are starting very, very badly.
It’s off to the 24 Hours of Le Mans! The 90th edition is launched! Follow with us, live and in full, the legendary car race, the famous Sarthe clock tower!
Pilots and cars have at the start of the runway for a lance departure scheduled for 4 p.m.! The time is coming!
The atmosphere and pressure skyrocket here! A short quarter of an hour before the start of the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the public gives voice around the drivers and cars, ready to go for the two rounds of the clock!
“There’s always an emotion on the grid. A ceremonial that gets you into the event. You always have a little bit of stress going up, that’s normal.”
Pascal Vasselon, Toyota Technical Director.
Julien Andlauer, on Porsche no. 79, will start the course of the steering wheel of a car in GTE-Am pour trois relais consécutifs. He is worried about the conditions with a very high temperature on Saturday on the Manceau circuit.
Very special vehicles, completely dedicated to this exceptional endurance course, face off at the weekend. The cars are classified into three different categories: GTE, course-adapted series cars, LMP2, endurance prototype specialists and Hypercars, reine des 24 Heures du Mans category.
About an hour and a half from the start, the pilots and staff beginnt to gather on the starting grid. The stands, too, are filled with a returning audience with no in camera or gauge!
The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022 kicks off this Saturday, June 11, for the 90th edition. One year later, another with a gauge was shut down, the 62 cars and 186 drivers were found in a fully competitive audience in Hypercar, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am.
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It is even the rivalry between the two cars of the Japanese manufacturer that has spiced up in recent years, the No. 7 of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and José Maria Lopez ending years of bad luck by winning in 2021. The Hypercar No. 8, whose crew was changed with the arrival two years ago of Brendon Hartley and last year of Ryo Hirakawa to support Sébastien Buemi, signed the pole on Thursday and therefore sees an opportunity to reconnect with success, after tripling in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
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Alpine took risks
“We are very happy to have taken the pole for the eighth time, which places Toyota in second place in the history of the race, tied with Audi”rejoiced Pascal Vasselon, director of the Japanese team. “We are stuck as well as we think we can be.” »
Who could compete with them? “We will not underestimate any adversary”says Vasselon. “Glickenhaus was a bit behind in qualifying, it was a surprise, but we know they are at our level in racing conditions. »
Glickenhaus No. 708 and No. 709 performed well on Wednesday and Thursday in the tests, however, were overtaken by Nicolas Lapierre’s Alpine at the Hyperpole. But the French team took risks to gain speed on a lap of the track, which is not a guarantee of performance on the double clock lap.
“If you want to play with them, you have to be aggressive.” On an optimized whole, what did they not do »admitted Lapierre. “We’re four-tenths behind as they gardened a bit during this session. »
Alpine is in all cases like Toyota’s natural rival, which is ahead of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) after two races. This unusual delay by the Japanese manufacturer also adds to the stakes on the Sarthe circuit.
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“Survive to be there on Sunday”
More paradoxically, it may be the small American stable of New York director James Glickenhaus who could come and tickle the two Toyota vehicles.
At no. 708 and at no. 709 have shown regularity and reliability throughout the week, essential qualities in this course where the slightest mechanical concern can still compromise.
“I think we are lucky, the car is good, easy to drive and reliable in the long run”blows the boss. “She is OK. We build and design cars that last. Survive may be a new chance against Toyota to be for 16 hours. »
At no. 709 starts from the second line, exactly on the Alpine side, while no. 708 will be installed on the third line with the two parts of the Oreca-Gibson des Belges by WRT, the best times of the LMP2 category at the Hyperpole.
The main competitors should have another Oreca-Gibson, the one from United Autosports, the team from Zak Brown, the owner from McLaren F1, in this category that brought together 27 small prototypes and a little less fast for hypercars.
At the lower level, the Corvette N.64 is ahead of the other six LMGTE-Pro (derived from standard sports cars) and the Ferrari N.61 of the AF Corse team, with Vincent Abril at the wheel, ahead of the other 22 LGMTE-Am pilotées, especially by amateurs associated with professionals.