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Jun 4

FAST CARS…..Le Mans 2012: Part 1 – Test weekend

By julietlemon June 4 2012 - 07.40 PM

 

Bonjour from Le Mans in France.  So no bunting, cupcakes or street parties on this Jubilee weekend for me because I’m over here in La Sarthe photographing test weekend action for the wonderful gang at Endurance Sports Car.  In two weeks time over 300,000 people will come to watch the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race will take place here.

This weekend was the chance for the competing teams and their drivers to put their motors through their paces, evaluate the cars, for the rookie drivers to do their obligatory pre-race 10 laps and the teams to fine tune things ahead of free practice next week.

Despite the last WEC race in Belgium being only three weeks ago, it seems like an eternity since being at a race track so it is great to be back.  Le Mans really is a brilliant circuit and the annual 24 hour race really does have so much history attached to it.

Here are a few photos from the weekend – included is of course the newest motor on the track, the Nissan Delta Wing, Pierre Fillon the Eighth president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu as well as some shots on and around the track – as well as one of a certain snapper taken by Bruno Vandevelde – thanks Bruno 🙂

I’m going to leave you with an interesting fact:  National Geographic has listed the Le Mans 24 hour race as the number 1 event of 2012, of course closely followed in second place by the London Olympics.

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