Emotional and technical.
Before the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 2023 are due to start, Porsche esports factory driver Joshua Rogers took the wheel for the digital version of the Circuit de la Sarthe. Beside offering his insights throughout an entire lap he also had some additional thoughts to share about the storied track.
Question: What do you consider to be the most difficult part about driving at Le Mans?
Joshua Rogers: The class mix throughout the race. Everyone is focused on their own race strategy and particularly with the prototypes you're constantly trying to manage that as well as your own strategy. At the same time, you're focusing on keeping the car on the track in changeable weather conditions with all the other classes there too.
Question: To some viewers, the Mulsanne Straight may seem easy because it’s mostly a long straight. What is something you have to consider when taking it?
Joshua Rogers: The Mulsanne Straight itself is at least simple on paper. Obviously, where you drive on the Straight is equally important: You have different levels of track smoothness, so positioning the car in the best place possible to maximize aero-efficiency and the smoothness can help the speed down there. But of course, the chicanes are extremely challenging, managing the curbs, managing the traction off the curbs ... Ultimately, that can be the difference between setting up a pass or not. So, yes, seems like a simple part of the circuit on paper, but it is still extremely technical. And honestly, where a lot of the time is won.