Welcome to the 24 hours of Le Mans. The race started at 14:30 (CEST) into its 88th edition. Due to the postponement of the race to September, the start was scheduled half an hour earlier than usual.
This year, the #TeamPorsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first overall victory in 1970. In the style of the red-white colour combination of the 917 KH of Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann, the two Porsche 911 RSR-19 (number 91 and 92) will start in the famous 24-hour race.
Number 91, driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frédéric Makowiecki, set the fastest time of 3:50.874 minutes in the Hyperpole Qualifying last Friday and secured pole position. The sister car with number 92 will be driven by Laurens Vanthoor, Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre over the 13.626-kilometre circuit.
As usual, the 24-hour race began with a flying start. Number 91 led the field except for the Mulsanne straight. There, however, Gianmaria Bruni gave up the lead, as the chasing car was able to make ideal use of the slipstream. The number 92 with Kévin Estre onboard successfully defended the 6th place in the first round. The two works Porsches dropped back a few places in the further course of the early laps.
The time difference and the expected weather conditions will determine the 24-hour race. We are excited and look forward to an action-packed race on the Sarthe.