The Alley

Keeping Track

Michelin race tire engineers are closely monitoring the track and ambient temperatures in anticipation of cooling later this evening and a possible switch to cooler range tires. It is 7:30 pm local time with nearly 3 hours of daylight remaining on what has become a sunny and comfortable late afternoon and early evening. Michelin places an engineer with each techncial partner team to gain data, insights and assist the teams in...

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What a difference a year makes

The 2011 Le Mans race was a disaster for Aston Martin. The two Aston Martin AMR –One prototypes were the first two cars out the race on just the second and fourth laps respectively. Things are much brighter for Aston Martin here so far in 2012. The program switched from the LMP1 Prototype to the GT category with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The GTE-Pro entry with Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and former ALMS champion Adrian Fernandez...

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Time To GO

The start of the Le Mans 24 Hour race is filled with anticipation. Top teams spend a year planning for the next 24 hours. As the big Rolex ticks down to the 3:00 pm start, the crowd pushes to the fences and prime viewing spots and gradnstands have long ago filled. A clean start and early rhythym are what everyone in the garages wants to see. There are questions, so many questions. Will Toyota be ready to take the fight to Audi? Will...

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Wednesday evening: 11pm

Its 11pm at Le Mans. Do you know where your favorite teams are? If they are featuring a diesel/flywheel hybrid (Audi) a capacitor hybrid system (Toyota) or a radical new design concept (Nissan DeltaWing) they are enjoying the late sunset and drop into darkness in the first qualifying session. Midway through the late Wednesday evening two-hour session and the teams are starting to show their respective hands. Allan McNish tops the...

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The Morning Report

The morning session of the Le Mans Test Day is completed and the Audi- Toyota dance has begun. Audi has a two-pronged attack with pairs of Audi R18 Ultra—turbo-diesels and Audi e-tron Quattro diesel-flywheel hybrids to meet the challenge of the pair of Toyota TS030 ultra-capacitor hybrids. At the close of the four-hour morning session, the six factory cars were within one second. Loic Duval set the top time with a 3:27.732 aboard the...

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