What a sensational start to the race this Saturday, June 10, 2023 for the Centennial 24 Hours of Le Mans!
Indeed, it has been a long time since we have witnessed such lively first hours after five years of non-stop domination, or Toyota which crushed the Sarthoise race, for lack of opponents and fighters of its level, walking around commanding the two clock towers during…
But fortunately for the interest of the event that many motor racing specialists consider to be the greatest race, the most prestigious with the F1 Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500, the famous 500 miles in Indianapolis , this year finally with the arrival of big famous brands, the 24 Hours of Le Mans du Centrnzire offers us a dream cast!!!
Because the Japanese giant Toyota – the world’s number 1 manufacturer – which had taken over from the big German firms Porsche and Audi, is no longer … alone!
Have landed in the WEC World Endurance Championship, of which Le Mans remains the flagship event, successively Peugeot after Le Mans in the summer of 2022, then at the start of the current season, Ferrari, Porsche and Cadillac.
Without neglecting smaller teams, such as Glickenhaus and Vanwall.
And are already announced for the future 2024 season, the arrivals of other big houses, including Alpine which unveiled its A444 yesterday Friday June 9 on the Le Mans circuit.
But also Acura Honda and BMW, which are running in and preparing this year for the IMSA American Endurance Championship and its renowned races such as the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Without forgetting in Europe, Lamborghini with Ligier and Isotta Fraschini.
In short, as we can see, the future of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is on the right track!
For the time being, the fight on June 10, 2023 is fantastic and at midnight and after Eight hours of fighting partly in the pouring rain causing a few pirouettes without much damage – except for the Jota’s Porsche 963 – between the leaxer one of the two Ferrari 499p and the second the surprising and unexpected at this level 9X8 Peugeot, number 94, the gap is only 47 seconds!
Then follow the first Toyota the 7 at 1’11 from the lead car then the second Ferrari the 50 at 1’29 and in fifth position the first Cadillac, the 2 at 1’40,
That’s four brands in less than two minutes!!!
The first two Porsche 963 Penske point eight and nine to 1 lap!
The Le Mans night promises to be boiling hot at the head of these 24 Hours of the Centenary…
Photos: Thierry COULIBALY – Willy CHANTELOUP – Stéphane CAVOIT