24h of Le Mans 2013 Preview

It’s the 9oth annerversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the biggest motor race in the world and the 3rd round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2013.

I’m now going to talk about the 4 classes that are going to compete in the race: LMP1, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and Am.

Overall there are 56 cars in the field. There isn’t going to be a experimental car like last year with the Nissan Delta Wing, the GreenGT pulled out of the race after their first tests.

LMP1-Works:

Audi Joest Racing

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Audi goes as the favourites for the win.

They won the first two rounds of the WEC at Silverstone and Spa and managed to keep the Toyota’s way behind.

Audi is going with three R18 e-tron quattros to La Sarthe.

With the 24LM winners from 2011 and 2012 Fässler/Treyuler/Lotterer and also with McNish/Kristensen/Duval and Jarvis/Di Grassi/Gene.

So Audi has already a huge advantage over Toyota, who are only bringing two cars.

But Toyota becomes three litre more fuel, so they can drive longer, what means they can drive later into the pits and don’t have to save so much fuel as Audi.

Because, as you know, the Audi drivers are bit more aggressive than the the Toyota in traffic, what  could result into crashes/incidents. That nearly cost Audi the win in 2011.

But i really think Audi is going to dominate the race and win the 24LM for the 12th time, but which of the three Audis is another question…

Toyota Racing TMG

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Toyota’s last year’s perfomance at the 24LM was impressive but short.

Davidson had a huge crash and the 2nd car retired after a technical failure.

So now Toyota is coming with much more experience to their 2nd 24LM.

Toyota brings two brand new TS030 Hybirds to the race with Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima and Sarrazin/Davidson/Buemi, all drivers expect of Lapierre and Sarrazin are former F1 drivers if you didn’t know.

Toyota has a disadvantage over Audi, only having two cars isn’t the big problem, the actual problem is there race pace.

The car isn’t fast enough in the corners and has a lower topspeed, even in the Le Mans coniguration.

So i think one of the Toyota’s could come into the top three, but only with luck or a crash from a Audi.

And Rebellion is also fast so watchout for them.

LMP1-Privatiers

Rebellion-Lotus Racing

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You can say that they’ve already won it before the race has even began.

They’ve zero competition, only the Strakka HPD, which is two seconds of the Rebellion race pace. But why is the Rebellion so fast?

Well that’s easy, it’s because of the Toyota engine, which is similar to the one in the TS030.

The Lola B12/60 Coupe, isn’t really good (as shown by Dyson in the ALMS), that why it can’t go over 6th in LMP1.

The drivers are Heidfeld/Jani/Prost and Beche/Belicci/Cheng.

Strakka Racing

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The HPD ARX-03a is a good car. Muscle Milk Pikket Racing won the ALMS in 2012 with this car and they can compete with Rebellion for wins.

So the car isn’t the problem, they could be a real challenger for Rebellion, the probelm is the driver lineup.

Levenths/Kane/Watts, they aren’t really good, as shown at Silverstone for example.

They’re entering only one car, so they couldn’t challenge Rebellion anyway. That was the 8th and last car in the LMP1 class.

LMP2

Because there are 21 cars (!) entered in the LMP2 class, i will show the Top 3 favourites for the win there.

OAK Racing (Morgan-Nissan)

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ADR-Delta (Oreca 03-Nissan)

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Sigantech Alpine Renault (Oreca 03-Nissan)

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But of course Jota Sport,  Greaves Motorsport and TDS Racing have also chances to win in this class.

It will be intereting to see how Level 5 from the ALMS will perform, as they’re the only one to use the HPD ARX 03b.

GTE-Pro and Am

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We’re going to have a amazing battle in GTE-Pro.

AF Corse is entering two Ferrari F458 Italia, SRT and Corvette coming with their cars, Aston Martin even with three cars and Porsche with a works team and two brand new 911 RSR.

I see Corvette as a winner, because of their experience there, AF Corse won last year there and Aston Martin won in Silverstone and got the two Poles in the WEC. So really can’t wait to see this battle.

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In GTE-Am meanwhile i think Aston will also do it there, but don’t count out the Ferraris from AF Corse and 8 Star Motorsports.

And of course everybody is excited how actor Patrick Dempsey will do in his debut at the 24h of Le Mans.

He will be driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR entered by his own team Dempsey Racing, who are also competing in the ALMS in the GTC class.

Circuit Preview: Circuit de la Sarthe

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Opened: 1923

Length: 13,629 km

Turns: 38

Lap record: 3.19,074   (Loic Duval, Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 2010)

Location: Le Mans, France

Race start: 15:00 p.m. (CEST) (GMT+1)

Race end: 15:00 p.m.

Facebook page: 24 Heures du Mans

Twitter: @24hoursoflemans

Live stream (also TV broadcasted by Eurosport in Europe and by SPEED in North America)

Radio stream: radiolemans.com

All winners (from 2000):

2000 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2001 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2002 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2003 – Kristensen/Capello/Smith (Bentley)
2004 – Ara/Capello/Kristensen (Audi)
2005 – Kristensen/Lehto/Werner (Audi)
2006 – Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2007 – Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2008 – Capello/Kristense/McNish (Audi)
2009 – Brabham/Gene/Wurz (Peugeot)
2010 – Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi)
2011 – Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi)
2012 – Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi)

Here the highlights of the 24H of Le Mans 2012 for a quick recap of what happend last year:

Full entry list:

                                                                                                 LMP1

1  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Germany André Lotterer France Benoît Tréluyer Switzerland Marcel Fässler
2  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Denmark Tom Kristensen United Kingdom Allan McNish France Loïc Duval
3  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis Brazil Lucas di Grassi
7  JPN Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid M Austria Alexander Wurz France Nicolas Lapierre Japan Kazuki Nakajima
8  JPN Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid M United Kingdom Anthony Davidson France Stéphane Sarrazin Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
12  CHE Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60Toyota M France Nicolas Prost Switzerland Neel Jani Germany Nick Heidfeld
13  CHE Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60Toyota M Switzerland Mathias Beche Italy Andrea Belicchi China Congfu Cheng
21  GBR Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03cHonda M United Kingdom Nick Leventis United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Danny Watts
LMP2
24  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D France Olivier Pla United Kingdom Alex Brundle Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
25  GBR DeltaADR Oreca 03Nissan D Thailand Tor Graves United Kingdom Archie Hamilton Japan Shinji Nakano
26  RUS G-Drive Racing Oreca 03Nissan D Russia Roman Rusinov Australia John Martin United Kingdom Mike Conway
28  ARE Gulf Racing Middle East Lola B12/80Nissan D France Fabien Giroix Ivory Coast Frédéric Fatien Japan Keiko Ihara
30  CAN HVM Status GP Lola B12/80Judd D United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem Canada Tony Burgess Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
31  CZE Lotus Lotus T128Praga D United States Kevin Weeda United Kingdom James Rossiter France Christophe Bouchut
32  CZE Lotus Lotus T128Praga D Germany Thomas Holzer Austria Dominik Kraihamer Czech Republic Jan Charouz
33  USA Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03bHonda M United States Scott Tucker United Kingdom Marino Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe
34  CHE Race Performance Oreca 03Judd D Switzerland Michel Frey Switzerland Patric Niederhauser Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
35  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D Belgium Bertrand Baguette United Kingdom Martin Plowman Mexico Ricardo González
36  FRA Signatech Alpine Alpine A450Nissan M France Pierre Ragues France Nelson Panciatici France Tristan Gommendy
38  GBR Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D United Kingdom Simon Dolan United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Germany Lucas Luhr
39  LUX DKR Engineering Lola B11/40Judd D France Olivier Porta France Romain Brandela Belgium Stéphane Lémeret
40  BEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03Nissan D France Thomas Dagoneau United States Matt Downs United States Rodin Younessi
41  GBR Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D United States Alexander Rossi United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith United States Eric Lux
42  GBR Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D Germany Michael Krumm United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough Spain Lucas Ordóñez
43  CHE Morand Racing Morgan LMP2Judd D Switzerland Natacha Gachnang France Franck Mailleux France Olivier Lombard
45  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D France Jacques Nicolet France Jean-Marc Merlin France Philippe Mondolot
46  FRA Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 03Nissan D France Pierre Thiriet France Ludovic Badey Belgium Maxime Martin
47  CHN KCMG Morgan LMP2Nissan M Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori United Kingdom Matt Howson China Ho-Pin Tung
48  IRL Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03Nissan D New Zealand Brendon Hartley India Karun Chandhok United States Mark Patterson
49  ARG Pecom Racing Oreca 03Nissan M Argentina Luís Pérez Companc Germany Pierre Kaffer France Nicolas Minassian
LMGTE Pro
51  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Matteo Malucelli
53  USA SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R M Germany Dominik Farnbacher Belgium Marc Goossens United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
66  GBR JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 D Italy Andrea Bertolini Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz al Faisal United Arab Emirates Khaled al Qubaisi
71  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Monaco Olivier Beretta Japan Kamui Kobayashi Finland Toni Vilander
73  USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M Spain Antonio García Denmark Jan Magnussen United States Jordan Taylor
74  USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M United Kingdom Oliver Gavin United States Tommy Milner United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
91  DEU Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR M Germany Jörg Bergmeister France Patrick Pilet Germany Timo Bernhard
92  DEU Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR M Germany Marc Lieb Austria Richard Lietz France Romain Dumas
93  USA SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R M Canada Kuno Wittmer United States Tommy Kendall United States Jonathan Bomarito
97  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Germany Stefan Mücke United Kingdom Darren Turner United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
98  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Canada Paul Dalla Lana Portugal Pedro Lamy United States Bill Auberlen
99  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M France Frederic Makowiecki Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Rob Bell
LMGTE Am
50  FRA Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M France Patrick Bornhauser France Julien Canal United States Ricky Taylor
54  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M France Yannick Mallégol France Jean-Marc Bachelier United States Howard Blank
55  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini Hong Kong Darryl O’Young Italy Lorenzo Casè
57  USA Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M United States Tracy Krohn Sweden Niclas Jönsson Italy Maurizio Mediani
61  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M South Africa Jack Gerber Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin Italy Marco Cioci
67  FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Pascal Gibon France Patrice Milesi Germany Wolf Henzler
70  FRA Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M United States Cooper MacNeil France Manuel Rodrigues France Philippe Dumas
75  BEL Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Emmanuel Collard France François Perrodo France Sebastien Crubilé
76  FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Raymond Narac France Jean-Karl Vernay France Christophe Bourret
77  USA Dempsey RacingProton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M United States Patrick Dempsey United States Joe Foster United States Patrick Long
81  USA 8Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio Portugal Rui Águas Australia Jason Bright
88  DEU Proton Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M Germany Christian Ried Italy Gianluca Roda Italy Paolo Ruberti
95  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Denmark Allan Simonsen Denmark Christoffer Nygaard Denmark Kristian Poulsen
96  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Germany Roald Goethe United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter United Kingdom Stuart Hall

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