Le Mans - 24 H hour in 2009


There are three races that you have to win as a racing driver. The GP of Monte Carlo, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 H.

le-mans-audi1 As of Saturday so it comes to the third crown of motor racing. And one that is probably the hardest to reach. For a 24 H race is still a challenge that you just may not even meet with links. And certainly not today, because as with the 12 H in Sebring, the race at Le Mans rather a sprint is because correspond to a long-distance race. Breaks we should not allow minor technical defects sometimes not, and if you're unlucky, a clamping nut can certainly ensure that you will fall behind. 24 H long should everything work perfectly: the machine, the pilots, the mechanics. The strategists who have previously ausgetüfelt everything you can do is watch and hope that they do not have to respond. It is an epic battle that will be fought as from Saturday, as much as you can say now.

For those in a hurry: here the links needed for the weekend:

The exact starting list is on the official website.
The live timing also.

Spotter Guide .

Overview page with timing and Twitter.

Twitter Accounts Le Mans:
Aston Martin
Racecar Engineer
Spyker Squadron
Drayson Racing
Guy Smith (BP Mazda driver)

A stream available on the website of Euro Sport . However, costs 5 euros, but will provide a very good quality of the stream.

A very, very good live audio stream can be found at Radio Le Mans .

To this end, all it takes is a look at the last year, when Peugeot and Audi 24 H long delivered a fierce duel. The three Peugeot were incredibly fast in the qualification. The 13 km course you were lapped in 3:18.513 minutes, setting a new record. Since Audi could only look with the R10 behind. But the rapidity derm 908 also had one disadvantage: they consumed more. And so Audi was able to drive one lap longer, ran out on a rabbit / hedgehog races. As fast as the Peugeot were, they could, mathematically, not win, as long as Audi had no problems. At the end of R10 triumphed known with almost 3 minutes ahead. And after 24 hours.

And so will probably come off again this year. Only with the difference that Peugeot and Audi are still close together, as the last year has been the case. The 12 H in Sebring have already delivered a taste of what may come to the race fans on Saturday, for, as the two rivals went temporarily in the centimeter distance on consecutive hours ago. So it is worthwhile to take a closer look LMP1:

The Audi R15:
audi-r15_2 When the first images of the R15 appeared in the winter, I just thought: "What's that?". And that will have probably thought of some people. Because the trend of recent years was in even more in the direction that you made the car flat and tried to focus more in the middle. In particular, the heavy-duty diesel engines make the rear end a bit too heavy. The R10 was suffering from this unfavorable weight shift, so we expected a slightly more compact car, but not one that looked as if they violate all the rules of aerodynamics. Only the high Stirnffläche making the car even look more like a barn.
The trick to R15 is similar to the one you used last year's A4 in the DTM: It feeds the air not expensive around the car, but through him. Because every time when the air has to redirect to their natural way costs the force that usually reflected in the output. He is wanted but not always and everywhere. A large part of the air "needs" so you do not, so it's better if they do not even touches. And that's what you try the R15 in higher dimensions.
A new engine, the car also. Instead of a 12-cylinder diesel, there are now only 10, but has left the displacement at 5.5 liters. If there is a weakness in Audi this weekend, then this is the engine. Chassis side, one has survived Sebring, which should be enough for Le Mans then, but the engine is just newer than the used Peugeot. Of course, Audi will have tested the V10 like crazy, but as you know the loads are in a race to be a matter higher on the test bench. It remains to be seen whether the decision to not even use the R15 for the two LMS runs that was rich-saturated.

Busy the Audis are as follows:
# 1 Capello, Kristensen, McNish
# 2 Luhr, Rockenfeller, Werner
# 3 Bernhard, Dumas, Premat

The Peugeot 908
peugeot-908_5 The car is known from last year. But while Audi has built up under the new rules of the ACO his car from scratch, Peugeot had to adjust several times the car. On the one hand you have, such as Audi, a smaller air restrictor, on the other hand, the rear wing instead of 2 meters is only 1.60 meters wide. At the same time Peugeot had the Kühlereinlässe change something and easily change the position. Because tended einzusammenlen lot of dirt. Hardly had done, grabbed the ACO Diesel Cars 30kg extra weight on, so you had änderen something again. That was not all that optimal.
The 908 runs with a closed cockpit. This is an advantage in terms of aerodynamics, but also has significant disadvantages. Firstly, a driver change takes longer, on the other hand, there is the rule in the LMS that the temperature inside the cockpit must not be more than 32 degrees Celsius. This means that we must on the one hand to carry around an air conditioning system with, on the other hand, that the work must also be continuous. That did not work many times before in the past. And how that's just as with so Rennrn: one is glad of every moving part on that you can do without. The Achillisferse (s) are thus the unit and auxiliary equipment. It will be interesting how often must refuel the Peugeot. At Sebring, it looked more as if you are forced more often than to soak up the Audi, but I would want to wait times at Le Mans.

Busy are the Peugeot with:

# 7 Klien, Lamy, Minassian
# 8 Bourdais, Montagny, Sarrazin
# 9 Brabham, Gene, Wurz

Hard to say who will have the edge in the end. From the bare data here, I would see Audi's advantage. Not only because of the new chassis, but also because of the driver line.

The "old" cars:

In addition to the new trailer, the manufacturers have also brought store teams to Le Mans. According to the motto: "You never know." As is known, the former Force India team manager, Colin Kolles, with two Audi R10 at the start. Busy are those with:

# 14 Karthikeyan, Lotterer, Zwolsman
# 15 Albers, Bakkerud, Mondini

For Peugeot has grabbed a Pescarolo. In fact, the car is more of a secret unit carriage, because Pescarolo has got a brand new chassis. Busy is by:

# 17 Boullion, Pagenaud, Treluyer

The Lola-Aston Martin
aston-martin_1 Should not underestimate the Aston Martin factory-loaded. The gasoline engines are not just good for a win, because they just a few seconds per lap is missing. But the danger is always that the diesel mutually hounding him to death, and then the really beautiful Aston Martin would certainly be a contender for the win. Are used the car from Prodrive, who also adapted the chassis from Lola. And busy they are also good:

# 007 Charouz, Enge, Mücke
# 008 Davidson, Turner, Verstappen
# 009 Hall, Kox, primacy

The Oreca-Judd
Sure, the Oreca not one of the fastest cars in the field, but in the battle for the unofficial 'petrol' victory at Le Mans, one will provide you with the Aston Martin a good duel. The team is even now experienced in matters of Le Mans and very busy with very good riders:

# 10 Senna, Ortelli, Monteiro
# 11 Panis, Lapierre, Ayari

The rest, the mitfährt in the LMP1, has no chance of winning.

In LMP2 it looks this year erstaulicherweise thin. For cost reasons, there are few participants, it lacks the Acura who were not invited. However, there is a new Lola Mazda (# 25, Erdos, Newton, Dyson) and a Porsche Spyder of Essex (# 31, Elgaard, Poulsen, Collard). Last year, the LMP2 car died faster than you could watch. If I remember correctly, only two cars came at the end of the finish. That will not be different this year. Presumably, it has never been easier than in this year to come in the LMP2 podium.

In the GT 1 there is the farewell performance of the beautiful Corvette. It's the last race of the GT1 Brummer, then you will be, if ever compete with a CR6 in the GT2. Two Corvette come from the USA from GM, two others of Luc Alphand. One of Aston Martin and Lamborghini are probably just decoration.

Eng, it should be for the GT2. As usual, here is the starting point: Porsche to Ferrari. This year, the performance of five Porsche against ten Ferrari, which should make the victory for a Ferrari then finally possible. If not there because of the extremely steadfast and very fast GT3 RSR would not be who has the Ferrari in the handle again and again.

Only the teams that you should keep in mind:

# 70 Felbermayr Jr., Felbermayr sen., Lecourt
# 77 Dear, Liez, Henzler
# 80 Neiman, Law, Bergmeister

# 78 Bruni, Perez, Russo
# 82 Melo, Salo, kaffir
# 89 Simonsen, Farnbacher, Montanari

Euro Sport will broadcast live the entire race. The broadcast times are as follows:

LIVE 08:30 clock 24 H Le Mans Warm Up Euro
LIVE 09:45 clock 24 H Le Mans Legend Race Euro
LIVE 14:30 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro
LIVE 15:30 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro 2
LIVE 19:00 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro
LIVE 20:30 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro 2
LIVE 22:30 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro
LIVE 11:00 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro 2
LIVE 13:15 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro

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12 Comments to "Le Mans - 24 hours 2009 H"

  1. Gabbo
    June 12, 2009 at 08:02

    >> There are three races that you have to win as a racing driver. The GP of Monte Carlo, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 H. <<

    Has been a driver managed?

  2. Ralf G.
    June 12, 2009 at 09:11

    So far, only Graham Hill.

    But Burger friend Juan Pablo Montoya has nevertheless already Indy and Monaco on the list. But without the car to throw away 24 would be hard for him. O)

  3. Mario A.
    June 12, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I am sure that Michael Schumacher times using his millions to which he hinbekommt ;-)

  4. JP
    June 12, 2009 at 10:37

    That'll be exciting tomorrow or the day after. Peugeot and Audi directly behind each other ... but I think times that Audi wins when the R15 makes no great problems. By the way, awesome photo of the R15. How this is actually in Le Mans .... one must simply ask because on the track and take pictures? Although I'm not on site, but I would be interested to know.


  5. Speedy
    June 12, 2009 at 12:02

    Ordinary analysis, the 2008 race was not for Peugeot but due to the high consumption but because of the lack of drivability in the rain due to the lack of traction control is lost. A certain Jacques Villeneuve has indeed hergeschenkt at night for several minutes against the Audis, which has just been missing at the end.

    The traction control has incidentally upgraded Peugeot ....

    The Pescarolo 908 is not the 2009 car but a 2008 car has been upgraded to the 2009 aerodynamics. However, he has not the new Le Mans nose, the engine is not even on the same level as that of the plant 908.

    In the LMP2 there are two RS Spyder Navi Team Goh # 5 of you have forgotten. This is the same team that won the 2004 race at the Audi R8.

    @ JP

    Of course you can take pictures at the track since then but most fences in the way. Images like that of the Audi you can make only 99% as akkredtierter press photographer ... which, up to the guard rails ran.

  6. JP
    June 12, 2009 at 12:42

    If you lose because the Peugeot 908 not totally fast track? This closed cockpit limits the view but certainly a strong. Since Audi is certainly an advantage right? Although one can not GTR 2 vegleichen with real cars, but to me it so that I (is not here yet for the R15 GTR 2) can cope better with the Audi R10, as with the Peugeot. The front window of the 908 is more like a larger slit, while there are good in the Audi visibility.
    The one with the fences I've been thinking ... would have very surprised if you randürfte directly to the track. So photographically not it's worth it to go to Le Mans?


  7. June 13, 2009 at 20:02

    True enriches a class. Just something I was looking for. Thank you

  8. June 13, 2009 at 20:03

    I always find it interesting to look at this race is simply a cult. Only the poor launch of Audi rankles me

  9. cb
    June 13, 2009 at 22:21

    Cool like the peugeot demonstrate the oh-so-great-Audis. Hope it works out this year.

  10. JP
    June 13, 2009 at 22:57

    Yes, that's really a shame with Audi .... but I hope that they beat the Peugeot still. It's also really exciting ... both opponents have good cars. Peugeot with its slightly modified 908 and Audi with the all-new R15. Yes Are two different strategies: Adjusted year-old car vs. Redesign.

  11. JP
    June 14, 2009 at 08:30

    Looks so not good for Audi .... the Peugeot are just too strong. Too bad, too bad ...

  12. Physicist
    July 19, 2009 at 21:45

    I usually look as good as any races, but Le Mans must never lack. If, for each year class.

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