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 2016

LeMans 24H Cars Race 2016 starts behind safety car.

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.

Brad Pitt 2016 Le Mans

Brad Pitt and Jason Statham at pit line of 24H Le Mans 2016

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.

President FIA Jean Todt and former French Prime Minister François Fillon at start of 24H Le Mans 2016

President FIA Jean Todt and former French Prime Minister François Fillon at start of 24H Le Mans 2016

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?

24 Hours of Le Mans 2016

Start of 24 Hours of Le Mans, France

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.

Corvette Racing Le Mans

Last year winner in LM Pro category Corvette Racing Team USA 2016

But some parts of the race track is still waterlogged.

Oreca Motorsport

Photo: Swiss team Race Performance on #34 Oreca-Judd car running in LMP2 class

Finally ! The announcement has been made, the safety car will release the motor beasts! The “real” start is imminent, almost an hour late.

Circuit de la Sarthe

Photo: 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 Circuit de la Sarthe France

At last a full-speed lap: Porsche #2 crossed the finish line in 3’50.

Le Mans 2016 Porsche

Photo: Porsche 919 hybrid 2016 car

But, Toyota No. 6 driven by British Mike Conway a takes the lead! In one turn, new TS050 doubled the two Porsche.

Le Mans 2016 Toyota

Photo: Mike Conway at wheel of Toyota TS050 car in Le Mans Race

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.

Le Mans 2016 Audi

Photo: Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro 2016

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.

Ford GT Le Mans 2016

Photo: Ford GT Chip Ganassi Racing Team on Le Mans Race Track

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.

Ferrari Le Mans 2016

Photo: Ferrari 488 GTE Risi Competizione Team USA 2016

Official Porsche cars engaged in GTE Am and GTE PRO has not really shined: abandonment and disappointing performance against competitors.

Porsche 911 Le Mans 2016

Photo: Official GT Pro Team Porsche 911 Car

In this category, there is only one Porsche on the track, the 911 RSR # 77 Dempsey Racing proton.

Dempsey Racing Le Mans 2016

Photo: Dempsey Racing Team Porsche 911 RSR Car # 77

And it is the Ferrari 458 Italia from AF Corse racing team at GTE Am category in first place at LeMans 24H race 2016.

Scuderia Corsa Le Mans

Scuderia Corsa Team Ferrari 458 Italia racing car

Watch short LeMans 24H race 2016 action video

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