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Allan McNish Insight 4: “Le Mans can be very cruel”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! This evening, he talks about the early part of the race…

Le Mans 24 (H-20): Porsche/Michelin leads at Le Mans comeback!

Sixteen years after its last visit to Le Mans when it won in 1998, Porsche is in front after the first four hours of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The new N°20 919 Hybrid (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) is being chased hard by the N°7 Toyota (+11 seconds), with the N°2 and N°1 Audis a little further back in third and fourth places. Alpine-Nissan, Corvette and Aston Martin top the LMP2, LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am orders respectively.

Allan McNish Insight 3: “I will be in front again!”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! Today, he talks about his career with Michelin and the race’s spectacular rolling start…

Allan McNish Insight 2: “Qualifying is always hard to analyse”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! Today he looks back at qualifying and talks about the traditional Drivers Parade…

Le Mans 24: Japan rules Le Mans qualifying!

There was a distinct Japanese flavour to the results of qualifying for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours when Kazuki Nakajima put the N°7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid/Michelin (Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima) on pole position with a time of 3m21.789s. The new Porsche prototype will be second on Saturday’s grid thanks to a fast lap from Romain Dumas in the N°14 919 Hybrid (+0.357s). Another new machine, the N°46 Ligier-Nissan, topped the order in LMP2, while the N°51 and N°81 Ferraris were the cars to beat in LMGTE Pro and Am.

Le Mans 24: Porsche/Michelin on top after Wednesday’s practice

Le Mans history books will record the fact that the N°20 and N°14 Porsches topped the order at the end of their first qualifying session following the German make’s return to the French race’s prototype class. Today’s track time was significantly shortened by a number of interruptions, however, and less than four of the scheduled six hours were run...

Le Mans 24: ‘365 Days’ N°1… Jérôme Mondain (Michelin)

It is commonly said that preparations for Le Mans begin the instant the chequered flag comes down on the previous year’s race – 365 days. In reality, the exercise begins even before that. LeMansLive asked the top teams to describe the chief milestones of their build-up to this weekend’s clash. At Michelin, we asked the French firm’s endurance programme manager, Jérôme Mondain, as well as its technical advisors to Porsche, Audi and Toyota.

Allan McNish Insight 1: “A race of speed and strategy”

Allan McNish ended his endurance career with a third Le Mans success last June. This year, he has agreed to provide LeMansLive with an exclusive column to share his unique insight with our visitors. As a former Le Mans winner with Audi and Porsche, and an ex-F1 racer with Toyota, he is ideally qualified for the mission! Today he talks about his new role and previews the 2014 race…

Nürburgring 24: triumph for Audi/Michelin!

This year’s rain-free Nürburgring 24 Hours was won in style, if not emphatically by the N°4 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra of Haase/Mamerow/Rast/Winkelhock which established a new distance record for the German race. In front of 205,000 spectators, the winning car was joined on the all-Michelin podium by the N°1 and N°22 Mercedes.

24H Nürburgring, H+18 : Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW

Three-quarters of the way into the race, the N°4 Audi R8 LMS ultra/Michelin of Haase/Mamerow/Rast/Winkelhock continues to set the pace in the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours. With 118 laps completed, the Phoenix Racing quartet cannot afford to relax, however, since the top three are on the same lap after 2,994km of racing!

Nürburgring 24: the night takes its toll

The 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours has lost some its early pace-setters through a variety of incidents, and this steady attrition has promoted the N°20 BMW Z4 GT3 of Klingman/Baumann/Hürtgen/Tomczyk to the top of the order with half of the distance completed. The N°4 Audi and N°1 Mercedes (+26s and +55s) were second and third respectively at 4am. The two Marc VDS BMWs and the N°14 Mercedes have suffered damage.

Nürburgring 24 (H+2): Mercedes leads but McLaren strong

The 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours is provisionally led by the N°14 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Al Faisal Abdulaziz/Haupt/Christodoulou/Buurman after 12 laps. However, most of the front-running so far has been done by the N°66 McLaren MP4 12C GT3 which has made one extra pit stop compared to its rivals. After a sequence of early incidents, the German race has settled into something of a rhythm with two hours completed.

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