Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

Mid June has played host to the 24 Hours of Le Mans 78 times and in 2009 I made my first trek to the mecca of sportscar racing.

Le Mans is one of the most evocative race tracks in the world with the 8.5 miles Circuit de la Sarthe known to even the most casual of race fans. The track features numerous stints at over 200 mph with public roads being using for the vast majority of the lap.

The lap opens with the challenging Dunlop Curve and the opening esses before drivers come to Tetre Rouge and the Mulsanne Straight. This section of the track is arguably the most famous stretch of tarmac in the world with the three mile stretch broken up by two chicanes. before drivers tackle the fearsome Indianapolis Corner and the Porsche Curves before heading back to the start finish straight.

Throughout the weekend the Le Mans museum is also a worthwhile attraction with vintage cars from the inaugral race as well as pre and post war, Group C and modern day sports cars. Other cars on show include Monte Carlo Rally winning cars as well as a selection of motorcycles.

Below is a gallery of pictures from the weekend.

Pit lane walkabout at Le Mans

Pit lane walkabout at Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

Pit lane walkabout gives you a unique look at the cars

 

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

Bruno Senna's Oreca gets ready 24 Hours

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

The huge crowd that came out to see the drivers parade

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

The Dunlop Curves that open a lap at La Sarthe

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

The "Diesel Destroyers" of recent years

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

The winning Peugeot 908 HDi

Audi R15 TDI

The first diesel winner of the 24 hours

Audi R15 TDI

A typical view of an Audi at Le Mans

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