#97, ASTON MARTIN RACING - GBR, ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE AMR, Maxime MARTIN, Alex LYNN, Harry TINCKNELL 2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 Round 7 24h Le Mans, Le Mans, France. Photo © John D Stevens..

Its moist in Le Mans as we write, and whilst that impacts all teams equally, as per our LMP Preview, the forecast changeable conditions will greatly affect the -Am drivers in the below category, not just in their own progress but their need to keep an eye on the mirrors for faster moving cars from high categories coming through, closing rates are never greater. 

#51, AF CORSE – ITA, FERRARI 488 GTE EVO, Alessandro PIER GUIDI, James CALADO, Daniel SERRA 2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 Round 7 24h Le Mans, Le Mans, France. Photo © John D Stevens..

LM GTE-Pro
Something curious been going on the -Pro field, and it would appear to be reflect events at the 2019 Le Mans meeting. Aston Martin Racing were hit with a very late Balance of Performance adjustment and it completely eliminated them from a competitive performance in the race. For  fear of the spmething similar occuring this year the -Pro category has been like one of those velodrome races where no one wants to go fast until it really matters.. Ferrari let a little of that go to make the Hyperpole field in the dying minutes, and on face value we have a scintillating close battle in prospect. A few hours of race running may clear that air a little..

Image & Data Analysis Credit: The B Pillar

From the analysis, provided by our partners The B Pillar, the delta between manufacturers is under a second around the 13.6km circuit, so if everyone has been holding back to a similar degree then a fabulous race is in prospoect. Beyond the factory teams, the Risi Competitione and Weathertech Racing Ferraris could prove vital in changeable conditions.  Should incidents happen the more bullets in your gun the more likely you are to come out on top.. A Ferrari win… possibly, which one? No idea! 

#56, TEAM PROJECT 1 – DEU, PORSCHE 911 RSR, Egidio PERFETTI, Larry TEN VOORDE, Matteo CAIROLI 2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 Round 7 24h Le Mans, Le Mans, France. Photo © John D Stevens..

LM GTE-Am
The category of greatest randomisation and extremely numerate (22) across the three manufacturers will lead to an enjoyable watch, not only in having their own race within a race, but also in terms of their capacity to influence the result in other categories.  Aston Martin have an edge in the line-up of the #98 Vantage GTE and we will confess that for all the pain and endurance that Paul Dalla Lana has shown it would be fabulous if this was his year.. but we are also well away of his capacity to manufacture… um.. excitement! (if you know what we mean). 

Ferrari are well represented not only by AF Corse #83 but also the new entrants Iron Lynx #75 so expect an internecine battle there, and then we have the plethora of ear-splitting Porsche RSRs with its wonderful exhaust note! 

Image & Data Analysis Credit: The B Pillar

We think we can leave this category to you. Review the data from our colleagues at The B Pillar derived out of all the practice running that has gone on, use your Andy Blackmore Spotter Guide to pick out the livery and settle back to enjoy the three way on track action. This will be fun! 

#90, TF SPORT – GBR, ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE AMR, Salih YOLUC, Charlie EASTWOOD, Jonathan ADAM 2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 Round 7 24h Le Mans, Le Mans, France. Photo © John D Stevens..