The waiting is almost over, one more day, and the 62-cars are unleashed for race week. The past two days have been all about Technical Verifications of both the car specifications and the driver’s race equipment to ensure both safety and that regulations are being complied with. No one likes a cheat, but everyone needs to go close to the edge..
The weather has demonstrated its changeable nature, with some periods of blistering sunshine contrasted against some torrential downpours. Should this be reflected through the rest of the race week we can look forward to another variable being applied to the event. A shaken up grid is not the end of anyone’s race when its 24-hours long, but a 13.5km circuit will forever be blessed with that ability to be wet in places and dry in others, as well as dry on one lap and drenched next time around.
We should now have seen the final liveries, from the colour splattered Rebellions to the Ford heritage collection at their final participation for the GT and the glorious celebration of 50-years of Gulf Oils winning at Le Mans on the Ford GT40 of 1969 in the hands of Jacky/ie’s Ickx and Oliver on the Dragonspeed BR1-Gibson for its final outing.
Of course scrutineering takes place at every race event. What makes it special at Le Mans is that it is conducted in the centre of the city. It takes the teams out of the comfort of their pit garage and places them into a carnival environment queuing outside the bars and banks of the city surrounded by the non-paying public who can meet technicians and drivers treating everyone alike.
From one year to the next it attracts some of those ardent character filled fans that we know and love. The autograph hunters trying to tick everyone off, the Toyota fans with their dog-eared hats and the bar watchers who soak up the atmosphere and raise another glass that its that time of year again!
This year has also been blessed with excellent online coverage of events, with interviews cast onto Facebook and YouTube for those that couldn’t get away from commitments for the full week, but wanted to get a flavour of events and hear from some of the teams and drivers as to their hopes and expectations.
And so we now look forward, whether it is a day of travel or a day of rest, once Tuesday is done it is heads down and tails up all the way to the finish line on Sunday.
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