Epic LeMans 24H Race 2016 Start by Popular Brad Pitt Photos
Famous Hollywood actor Brad Pitt gave the starting signal for long-awaited LeMans 24H race 2016 at Saturday, June 18. At least 250 000 people were presented at the circuit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Race, which remains the most legendary endurance racing car competition in the world and a laboratory for the new cars of tomorrow. An exceptional start of 60 racing cars was preceded by a safety car, because of the heavy rain hitting the mythical racing circuit de la Sarthe in France.
LeMans 24H Cars Race 2016 starts behind a safety car.
LeMans 24H race 2016
Before the departure of 24H Le Mans 2016, Brad Pitt was joined on starting grid by four colleagues from Hollywood: Keanu Reeves, Jason Statham, Jackie Chan and of course by Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy). Who, as a pilot of GT amateurs category, climbed to the podium of LeMans race last year.
Less than half an hour before the start, a heavy rain pushed viewers to protect under umbrellas. While, 60 cars parked on the pit line during the visit of many famous guests, were going be placed on the grid. Like each year, former french Prime Minister François Fillon visits the Le Mans 24 Hours race, as here with Jean Todt – President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in 2016 for the 84th edition.
24H LeMans Start
The start of the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been given under safety car, because of incessant rain. And which was still falling on the race track over the next hour?
Around after 40 minutes from start, the sun first time after a beginning of LeMans 24H race is back on the racing circuit, at least on the straight line before of numerous spectators on the stands.
But some parts of the race track is still waterlogged.
Finally ! The announcement has been made, the safety car will release the motor beasts! The “real” start is imminent, almost an hour late.
At last a full-speed lap: Porsche #2 crossed the finish line in 3’50.
But, Toyota No. 6 driven by British Mike Conway a takes the lead! In one turn, new TS050 doubled the two Porsche.
Since cars launched behind the safety car, due to a heavy rain shower, the first laps of the real LeMans 24H race immediately was marked by difficulties of Audi. Breakdown of the turbo, problems with the hybrid system, lack of performance on long runs and more, and more… Audi R18 cars struggled all along the 24 hours race.
Ford GT vs Ferrari
The good old days
In GTE Pro, the Ford GT and Ferrari 488 GTE, have engaged in a battle all LeMans 24H race long.
Ford GT, for its return to Le Mans racing track (in GTE Pro category), place 4 cars within the first 5 on the start grid.
So it’s Giancarlo Fisichella, who settled in the Ferrari 488 GTE # 82 from Risi Competizione team, which occupied the seventh place on the grid in GTE Pro category. And at 21 pm, Ferrari # 82 was at third place, in four seconds from two Ford GT head.
Official Porsche cars engaged in GTE Am and GTE PRO has not really shined: abandonment and disappointing performance against competitors.
In this category, there is only one Porsche on the track, the 911 RSR # 77 Dempsey Racing proton.
And it is the Ferrari 458 Italia from AF Corse racing team at GTE Am category in first place at LeMans 24H race 2016.
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