After two beautiful, virtually cloudless sunny days, Wednesday has dawned over La Sarthe somewhat chillier and overcast giving those hardy enough to have arrived at the begnning of the week a little respite and time to calm the sunburn.
With Tuesday being the usual low-key day with teams finishing off their setup for today’s practice, drilling mechanics, pit-crew and, in the case of LMP2 team G-Drive, driver Sam Bird, in pit stops, tyre changes and refuelling. The public parts of the track remain a useable road and the ‘closed’ sections remain open to the public to walk, cycle or, in the case of our Editor’s son, skateboard around!
Final touches to new liveries were being applied and many of us got their first chance to see up-close the cars in their full race glory, such as Darren Turner’s #97 Aston Martin ‘Art Car’.
Again, almost as if enforcing the ACO’s and FIA WEC’s ‘fan friendliness’, the pits open today at 08:00 to the public allowing them the freedom of a leisurely stroll through until 15:00hrs. From 14:00 today the barriers will begin to be closed and the public roads that make up the famous Circuit des 24 Heures will once again become part of the racetrack as the teams prepare their cars for the first free practice session of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans running from 16:00hrs until 20:00hrs.
Thirty minutes after free practice completes, the first 1hr practice session for this year’s main support event, the Aston Martin Racing Festival begins where we will see, for the first time on the same track, Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE and GT3 spec cars, along with GT4’s, the AMR-One, Vantage V12’s and DBR9’s prepare for Saturday’s epic battle. Watch out for celebrity baker Paul Hollywood who will be sharing a Beachdean Vantage GT4 with AMR Racing Chairman David Richards!
The day closes out with the first qualifying session for the 24hr race which runs from 22:00hrs to midnight, giving some of the drivers their first taste of hitting racing speed and dealing with traffic in the darkness.
We’ll be tweeting updates throughout the day, so keep an eye on the @SportsCarGlobal feed and don’t forget to keep sending in your #FanPix!