Saturday, 15 June 2013

EVENT: Le Mans 2013

Le Mans 2013, 22-23 June
1 week till the greatest motor show on Earth!

The ACO has granted 56 entries to the 24 Hours of Le Mans which have been divided into the following categories; LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype 1), LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2), LMGTE Pro (Le Mans GT Endurance—Professional) and LMGTE Am (Le Mans GT Endurance—Amateur).

In total the ACO received 71 applications for the 2013 running of LeMans.  The Audi factory team have entered 3 R18s in this years race against Toyota's 2 TS030 Hybrid and Rebellion Racing's 2 Toyota powered Lola B12/60s.  The million dollar question is can Toyota take the fight to Audi this year, I for one miss having Peugeot racing at LeMans so I'm hoping Toyota can fill the gap till Porsche arrives next year. :)

I'm not normally a betting man but I'm pretty sure we'll see Toyota's TS030 as a slot car by at least one of our favourite slot manufactures before too long.

This years LMGTE class will be hotly contested with some amazing manufactures going toe-to-toe.  Ferrari's 458 Italia, SRT Viper GTS, Chevrolet's ever powerful Corvette C6R, Porsche's 911 RSR and 997 GT3 and lets not forget Aston Martin's Vantage GTE - what a field!

From Audi; 'The Audi R18 e-tron quattro only starts its second race season in 2013 - but it is already a legend: exactly like the Audi R10 TDI, the first hybrid race car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans was voted by an Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) jury to be one of the most important Le Mans race cars of all time.'

Audi has just released a new TV commercial in preparation for the big race.  As I always say, crank up the bass and enjoy.

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