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

le-mans-audi1 So on Saturday it comes to the third crown of motorsport. And one that is probably the hardest to reach. For a 24 H race is still a challenge, you just may not even cope with links. And certainly not today, because as with the 12 H in Sebring, the race at Le Mans is more like a sprint, because correspond to a long-distance race. Breaks, one 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 has everything work perfectly: the machine, the pilots, the mechanic. The strategists who have already ausgetüfelt everything can only watch and hope that they do not need to respond. It is an epic battle that will be fought there on Saturday, as much as you can say now.

For those in a hurry: here the links necessary 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:
Audi
Aston Martin
Lola
Racecar Engineer
Spyker Squadron
JMWmotorsport
Drayson Racing
Guy Smith (BP Mazda driver)

A stream found on the website of Euro Sport . However, costs 5 euros, but is intended to provide a very good quality of the stream.

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

For this purpose, it is enough to look into the last year, as Peugeot and Audi 24 H long delivered a fierce duel. The three Peugeot were incredibly quickly in the qualification. The 13 km course you were circled in 3: 18.513 minutes, setting a new record. Since Audi could only look with the R10 afterwards. But the speed derm 908 also had a disadvantage: they consumed more. And so Audi could take a ride longer, ran out on a hare / hedgehog races. As fast as the Peugeot were, they could, in purely mathematical terms, do not win, as long as Audi had no problems. At the end of the R10 won known by almost 3 minutes ahead. And after 24 hours.

And so will probably go off again this year. The only difference was that Peugeot and Audi are even more closely together than the last year was the case. The 12 H in Sebring have given an idea of ​​what may come to the race fans on Saturday, for as the two rivals went temporarily in centimeters distance over consecutive hours ago. 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 thought, "What's that?". And that will have probably thought some people. Because the trend of recent years went so 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 suffered 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. But 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 DTM: Transfer the air is not expensive at the car, but through him. Because every time the air must divert 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 we try the R15 in higher dimensions.
A new engine, the car also. Instead of a 12-cylinder diesel, there are now only 10, but it has maintained the displacement at 5.5 liters. If there is a weakness in Audi this weekend, then that is the engine. Chassis side, you Sebring has survived, that 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 how the loads are white in a race to be a matter higher than on the bench. It remains to be seen whether the decision to not even use the R15 in the two LMS races, which 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 the last year. But while Audi has built up under the new rules of the ACO his car from scratch, Peugeot had to change 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 had the Peugeot Kühlereinlässe change things and easily change the position. Because tended einzusammenlen a lot of dirt. No sooner had done, grabbed the ACO Diesel Cars 30kg extra weight on, so you had änderen something again. That was all not really optimal.
The 908 runs with an enclosed 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 you can carry around one hand, a climate location, on the other hand, that the work must also be continuous. That did not work many times before in the past. And that's the way it is with so Rennrn: one is glad to each moving part that you can do without. The Achillisferse (s) are thus the radiator and the auxiliary equipment. It will be interesting how often have to recharge the Peugeot. In Sebring it looked more as if you are forced to refuel more often than the Audi, but I would want to wait and see in Le Mans.

Busy with the Peugeot:

# 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 advantage. Not only because of the new chassis, but also because of driver line.


The "old" car:

In addition to the new trailer, the manufacturers have also brought branch 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 with the:

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

Peugeot has grabbed a Pescarolo. In fact, the car is more of a secret unit carriage, because Pescarolo 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 petrol engines are not just good for a win, because they are simply a few seconds per lap missing. But the danger is always that the diesel mutually rush him to death, and then the really beautiful Aston Martin would certainly be a contender for the win. Used the car by Prodrive, who also adapted the chassis from Lola. And busy they are also good:

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

The Oreca-Judd
Surely the Oreca not one of the fastest cars in the field, but the battle for the unofficial "gasoline" victory at Le Mans, we 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 of 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 Mazda Lola (# 25, Erdos, Newton, Dyson) and a Porsche Spyder 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 any different this year. Presumably it was never easier than this year to come in the LMP2 podium.

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

Closely it would be for the GT2. As usual, here is the starting point: Porsche against Ferrari. This year, the performance of five Porsche against ten Ferrari, which should make the win 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 under control again.

Soon the teams that you should keep in mind:

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

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

Euro Sports will broadcast live throughout the race. The transmission times are as follows:

13/06/2009
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
14/06/2009
LIVE 11:00 clock 24 H Le Mans Le Mans Euro 2
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