Fernando Alonso Lead the Winning team at Le Mans 2018

Fernando Alonso Lead the Winning team at Le Mans 2018

Fernando Alonso Lead the Winning team at Le Mans 2018. Together with the coleagues Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, they won the race. And this is the Winning car they drove.

The Toyota TS050 Hybrid was a real masterpiece on the track. The petrol 2.4L V6 petrol engine combined with electric engines produce more than 1000HP. See the video from Fernando Alonso driving and you will get feeling what beast this car really is. Enjoy the view:

Accident in 1999

Accident in 1999

Mercedes is flying.

It’s live on the circuit screens. The race is sumptuous. BMW, Toyota and Mercedes have been holding each other in a pocket handkerchief for the position of leader for over 4 hours now…

Return to the Thursday before departure. While 3 Mercedes CLR are involved in this edition, it is during the second test session that the sky starts to darken for the brand. On the n°4, Mark Webber, then between Mulsanne and Indianapolis, takes off, falls on the roof, slides on several tens of meters, hits the rail and gets back on his wheels! Pilot’s clear.

It’s a car that the engineers say has a lot of teeth. However, the Germans beat up the bumps a lot, and already a semblance of polemic is born from this accident. Too much support? Poor aerodynamic calculation? The n ° 4 will nevertheless be credited with the 10th time, in 3 ‘ 35 ” 501.

Saturday morning, the light is green for the 45 minutes of the warm-up. The Mercedes come out of the stands and start their first lap. The n°4 has been rebuilt by mechanics always also affutés, and is following in his sisters barn: chicane of the Hunaudières, the passage from the kicker and…a single CLR, with the same Webber at the wheel, decidedly as unhappy as very lucky (no bobo), takes off, and turns again!

This time, number four will stay on the roof. The n ° 5 and 6 Enter immediately in their box, which we close. The excitement is great, the atmosphere more than heavy, the safety conditions of the Mercedes drivers are apparently not, or more, assured.

As a result, the Mercedes stands remain closed for long hours, not to repair a much-damaged car, but to decide whether or not to participate in the two remaining CLR’s, 4th and 7th time of tests. Cars that have nothing to envy their opponents Toyota or BMW in terms of performance, and whose outsider status allows one to imagine a fierce race.

Two successive flights, on the same runway, will not affect the morale of the pilots. In agreement with the Mercedes managers and engineers, they will take the start. Only two aerodynamic elements designed to increase the front support are added to the wings. The cars come out of the boxes, and they go to the starting grid.

The race is on. Well launched, since 2 Toyota, the No. 17 BMW, and the two Mercedes compete for first place.

As Lagorce starts his first stint on the n ° 6, Christophe Bouchut gives the wheel to Peter Dumbreck. It’s about 8: 30, and number 5 is second.

8: 47, all the heads that can turn to the giant screens. The speaker is horrified. The audience is amazed, and the atmosphere is no longer at the party. We’re mortified. Strangely enough, the sound of the race is almost no longer heard.

In the Mulsanne-Indianapolis section, again, the No. 5 chases one of the Toyota GT-One, the nose a few meters from the Japanese aileron, when the German leaves in the sky. One Tower, two towers, three towers in the air, this one goes well above the safety rails and crashes into the shrubs. At very high speed in this part of the circuit, take off, make 3 loops, stroke the top of the young trees present then fall down in the middle of them makes fear the worst for the pilot. The pace car neutralized the race to allow rescue vehicles to reach the area. Lagorce immediately returned to its stand, the metal curtains closed permanently. Bouchut is appalled by the media. It has been more than 10 minutes since the accident occurred, and we learn that Dumbreck exited the cockpit alone, unharmed!!

24H Le Mans Winning Cars

24H Le Mans Winning Cars

In the next video, you will see the winning cars by year of the great race 24Hours of Le Mans.

Qualifications in 2008

Cl Num Teams Cat Voitures Pilotes Sess 1 Sess 2
1 8 Team PEUGEOT TOTAL P1 Peugeot  908 Lamy/ Sarrazin/Wurz 3:18.513 3:20.566
2 9 PEUGEOT SPORT TOTAL P1 Peugeot  908 Montagny/KleinZonta 3:18.682 3:24.926
3 7 Team PEUGEOT TOTAL P1 Peugeot  908 Gene/Minassian/Villeneuve 3:20.451 3:21.490
4 2 AUDI Sport Team North America P1 Audi  R10 Kristensen/Capello/ McNish 3:24.105 3:23.847
5 3 AUDI Sport Team Joëst P1 Audi  R10 Luhr/Rockenfeller/Premat 3:24.287 3:26.432
6 10 CHAROUZ Racing System P1 Lola  B08/60 Aston Martin Enge/ Mücke/Charouz 3:34.211 3:25.158
7 1 AUDI Sport Team North America P1 Audi  R10 Biela/ Pirro/Werner 3:27.580 3:25.289
8 11 DOME Racing Team P1 Dome  JUDD S102 ItoTachikawa/Kataoka 3:29.352 3:26.928
9 16 PESCAROLO Sport P1 Pescarolo  JUDD Collard/Boullion/Dumas 3:28.533 3:32.407
10 5 COURAGE ORECA P1 Courage  Judd Ayari/ Duval/Groppi 3:30.490 3:32.176
11 17 PESCAROLO Sport P1 Pescarolo  JUDD Primat/Tinseau/Treluyer 3:30.618 3:30.905
12 12 CHAROUZ Racing System P1 Lola  JUDD B07/10 Lammers/PickettGraff 3:31.910 3:31.135
13 6 COURAGE ORECA P1 Courage  Judd Fassler/ PanisPagenaud 3:31.243 3:33.139
14 34 Van Merksteijn Motorsport P2 Porsche  RS SPYDER Bleekemolen/Verstappen/Van Merksteijn 3:34.078 3:32.301
15 21 Epsilon – Euskadi P1 Epsilon-Euskadi  Judd Gounon/Johansson/Nakano 3:41.526 3:32.939
16 31 Team Essex P2 Porsche  RS SPYDER Nielsen/Elgaard/Maassen 3:33.441 3:38.821
17 20 Epsilon – Euskadi P1 Epsilon-Euskadi  Judd Burgueno/Valles/ De Castro 3:39.158 3:34.281
18 18 ROLLCENTRE Racing P1 Pescarolo  JUDD Barbosa/ IckxGregoire 3:35.450 3:35.020
19 32 Barazi Epsilon P2 Zytek  07S Barazi/ Vergers/Rees 3:35.344 3:44.555
20 33 Speedy Racing Team Sebah P2 Lola  Judd B08/80 Pompidou/Belicchi/Zacchia 3:35.401 11:08.808
21 14 CREATION Autosportif P1 Creation  CA07 AIM Hall/ MowlemGoossens 3:35.994 3:39.638
22 24 Terramos P1 Courage  Mugen Terada/Takahashi/Katoh 3:37.560 3:40.318
23 19 Chamberlain – Synergy Motorsport P1 Lola  AER B06/10 Evans/Berridge/Stretton 3:38.024 3:43.492
24 45 Embassy Racing P2 Embassy  WF01 Zytek Hugues/ Kane/Foster 3:39.926 3:49.019
25 25 RML P2 Lola  MG B05/40 Erdos/ Newton/Wallace 3:44.188 3:40.027
26 40 QUIFEL ASM Team P2 Lola  B05/40 Amaral/ Pla/Smith 3:41.193 3:44.074
27 4 Saulnier Racing P1 Pescarolo  Judd Nicolet/ Hein/Faggionato/ 3:46.666 3:42.162
28 35 Saulnier Racing P2 Pescarolo  Judd Ragues/LahayeCheng Cong Fu 3:42.545 4:10.588
29 41 Trading Performance P2 Zytek  07S Gosselin/ Ojjeh/Sharpe 3:46.773 3:43.148
30 26 Team BRUICHLADDICH Radical P2 Radical  AER SR9 Rostan/Jeannette/Devlin 3:47.935 3:46.631
31 63 Corvette Racing GT1 Corvette  C6-R O’Connell/Magnussen/Fellows 3:49.406 3:47.668
32 23 Autocon P1 Creation  Judd Lewis/ Willman/Mc Murry 3:56.108 3:47.695
33 50 Larbre Compétition GT1 Saleen  S7R Bouchut/Bornhauser/Halliday 3:50.920 3:47.761
34 44 KRUSE Schiller Motorsport P2 Lola  Mazda De pourtales/Simonsen/Noda 3:47.802 _:__.___
35 64 Corvette Racing GT1 Corvette  C6-R Beretta/ Gavin/Papis 3:50.766 3:48.539
36 009 Aston Martin Racing GT1 Aston Martin  DBR9 Brabham/Turner/ Garcia/ 3:52.266 3:48.994
37 007 Aston Martin Racing GT1 Aston Martin  DBR9 Wendlinger/Piccini/Frentzen 3:52.527 3:49.060
38 55 Interprogressbank Spartak Racing GT1 Lamborghini  Murcialego Kox/Hezemans/Rusinov 3:52.175 3:53.000
39 72 Luc Alphand Aventures GT1 Corvette  C6-R Alphand/Moreau/Policand 3:53.990 3:52.993
40 59 Team MODENA GT1 Aston Martin  DBR9 Borcheller/Fittipaldi/Menten 3:58.193 3:53.031
41 22 Tokaï University – YGK P1 Courage  YGK Suzuki/Kageyama/Kurosawa 3:53.143 _:__.___
42 53 Vitaphone Racing Team GT1 Aston Martin  DBR9 Negrao/Leventis/Hardman 3:57.371 3:53.475
43 73 Luc Alphand Aventures GT1 Corvette  C6-R Goueslard/Blanchemain/Pasquali 3:55.736 3:58.025
44 76 IMSA Performance Matmut GT2 Porsche  911 GT3 RSR Narac/ Lietz/Long 4:00.793 3:58.152
45 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton GT2 Porsche  911 GT3 RSR Felbermayr Sr/Davison/Henzler 4:02.517 3:59.072
46 96 Virgo Motorsport GT2 Ferrari  430 GT Mullen/Sugden/ Bell 4:01.293 3:59.820
47 80 Flying Lizard Motorsport GT2 Porsche  911 GT3 RSR Van Overbeek/Bergmeister/Neiman 4:00.106 4:02.799
48 90 Farnbacher GT2 Ferrari  430 GT Nielsen/ Kaffer/Ehret 4:05.098 4:01.464
49 82 Risi Competizione GT2 Ferrari  430 GT Melo/ Salo/Bruni 4:01.598 4:02.412
50 97 BMS Scuderia Italia GT2 Ferrari  430 GT Malucelli/Babini/ Ruberti 4:02.080 4:03.109
51 99 JMB Racing GT2 Ferrari  430 GT Ferté/ Daoudi/Aucott 4:03.293 4:14.033
52 85 Spyker Squadron b.v. GT2 Spyker  Spyker C8 Laviolette Dumbreck/Kelleners 4:05.096 4:03.641
53 78 AF Corse GT2 Ferrari  430 GT Biagi/Montanari/Vilander 4:05.660 4:03.810
54 83 Risi Competizione GT2 Ferrari  430 GT Van de Poele/Jonsson/ Krohn 4:07.978 4:04.515
55 94 Speedy Racing Team GT2 Spyker  Spyker C8 Laviolette Chiesa/Leuenberger/Alexander 4:11.564 4:08.284
Mazda in the legends

Mazda in the legends

Only 38 participants, too restrictive regulations (consumption, weight, motorization leading to absences of Toyota and Nissan…) will generate a rather special race: the appearance of the 905 Peugeot with atmospheric engine will be short-duration [3rd hour for the No. 5 (engine), 7th for the No. 6 (Rosberg not wanting to fix the gearbox on the track)], The Jaguars will be too limited by Fuel consumption to play the victory and the Porsches too heavy to hold the distance without mechanical problems.

In C2, the favourite team, Mercedes (No. 1, 31 and 32) will take advantage of the setbacks of the 905 and the Porsche to take the lead. The best lap in the race will be the work of a certain Michael Schumacher, on the 31 (associated with Wendlinger and Kreutzpointer).

The rebound will occur at 1 p.m. on Sunday when Mazda n ° 55 (Gachot-Herbert-Weidler) will steal the lead from a superheated Mercedes (Schlesser-Mass-Ferté) and finish with 2 and 4 laps ahead of the Jaguar n°35 and 34. This is the first Japanese victory, as well as a rotary engine.

In C1, the fight will have involved 7 Spice, a Lancia, a ROC and an ALD. Only to see the checkered flag, Spice No. 41 will win, as a result, its category.

Note the construction of new stands, guaranteeing better security at the different stables, but less friendly to the public.

The Drama in 1955

The Drama in 1955

The race has been running for more than two hours. The train driven by the leading cars is very, very high, the struggle between Mercedes, Jaguar and Ferrari is gasping. Since Arnage debuted the Jaguar of Hawthorn, and the Mercedes of Pierre Levegh and Fangio, these three cars basing on the Austin Healthey then driven by Lance Macklin.

The Jaguar has to refuel. She’s coming up on the Austin Healey on the right. Hawthorn is in direct struggle with Fangio a few tens of meters behind him. He goes past Macklin, and he folds to the right. Levegh, who has just been taken for a ride by the Englishman, will suffer the same punishment by his colleague Fangio who follows him closely.

All this is playing in a very short time, there are four cars standing in a few meters. Hawthorn begins braking in preparation for a refuelling stop. Levegh arrives, from the left, at the height of the Austin Healey, while its pilot dislodges in order to avoid the rear of the Jaguar.

Pierre Levegh had just the time to warn Fangio of a danger, raising his hand, then the Mercedes struck from behind the Austin Healey, and, by a springboard effect, took off, and hit the fascines, to the left, at the beginning of the area of the stands. At this time of the race, and by the fact of an enticing poster, the spectators are always in very large numbers.

The impact is terrible. The No. 20 Mercedes explodes, the front train and the engine continue their course in the public, causing the most fatal accident in the history of Motorsport. Many bodies and wounded were counted, Levegh died instantly, the car did not stop burning. Further on, on the track, The Austin Healey, after having hit, in a tail-end, the pit walls, lies, stopped, with the back badly damaged. Fangio has, by some miracle and without knowing how managed to avoid anyone. He would later point out that he had only a mouse hole left as Macklin was spinning, and that the carcass of No. 20 was in flames.

Charles Fauroux, race Director, made the decision not to stop the event, allowing the arrival and evacuation of the victims that the spectators ‘ departure would have slowed down. A total of 82 people will die in this accident. the final victory went to the Jaguar Hawthorn shared with Bueb.