The worlds best-known automobile endurance race, 24 Hours
of Le Mans, or Le Mans for short, returns to the citys Circuit de la Sarthe
this weekend, with the main event taking place on June 18 and 19.
Not only is the competition the most famous of its kind, but
also the oldest, having first been established in 1923; this year will the
races 84th outing. While it was once an independent motorsport
gathering, Le Mans now makes up part of the FIA World Endurance Championship,
attracting world-class drivers and manufacturers, each competing to go the
furthest and fastest. During the 24-hour race period, the cars are tested
continuously on their endurance and reliability, with a rotation of three
drivers taking control of each vehicle.
24 Hours of Le Mans also stands out in that much of the
course runs through the town itself, meaning that both residents and visitors
can catch the action from the streets of Le Mans itself. In total, the road
circuit covers just over 13km of track.
Though all cars race at the same time, four classifications
of cars run at the same time, with around 50 vehicles competing in each
category. Custom-built Le Mans Prototypes make up the top two categories, with
the other two being Grand Tourer classes. On occasions, cars from the lower
classes have been known to win the entire event, due to a better reliability.
With some of the worlds greatest endurance vehicles making
for fierce competition and cutting-edge technology, backed with a unique and
unrivalled atmosphere you wont find anywhere else in the world of motorsport,
24 Hours of Le Mans is an event not to be missed. Why not combine a visit to
the event with a stay in one of our luxury gites? France is a beautiful
country, especially the Pays de la Loire, where Le Mans is located.
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