Le Mans Friday Race Week Roundup

June 14, 2019

Le Mans Friday Race Week Roundup

June 14, 2019

There is no on-track activity Friday of Le Mans race week. However, there are often a flurry of announcements to track from the ACO. This Friday was no different.

MICHELIN MOTORSPORT – HOW TO FOLLOW / RACE CARD

Here is the Michelin Motorsport Race Card for Le Mans.

And here is the link to all the global content for the weekend.

HOW TO WATCH / LISTEN
93 PILET Patrick (fra), BAMBER Earl (nzl), TANDY Nicholas (gbr), Porsche 911 RSR Porsche GT team, action during the 2019 Le Mans 24 hours tests and qualifying session from June 12 to 13 at Le Mans circuit, France – Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI

Mobil 1 Radio Le Mans airs nonstop flag-to-flag, via www.radiolemans.com on the RS1 channel. The race starts at 9 a.m. EDT but pre-race coverage is online before that.

As for TV coverage, that airs from 8 a.m. EDT on MotorTrend TV and the MotorTrend App in the U.S. In Canada, that’s Velocity Canada and the MotorTrend App.

HYPERCAR REAFFIRMED; TOYOTA, ASTON MARTIN COMMIT

The ACO reaffirmed its commitment to the hypercar platform (first announced last year) as its top class of racing beginning with the 2020-’21 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

The plan is for the cars to weigh 1,100 kg and be restricted to an average 550 kW (750 bhp), with a single tire supplier. Hybrids aren’t mandatory and the targeted lap time at the Circuit de la Sarthe is 3:30. Full details are linked here.

Both Toyota and Aston Martin have confirmed programs for the new platform. In Aston Martin’s case, this marks its return to the top category for the first time since 2011.

A good timeline of the hypercar regulatory evolution is linked here, via Sportscar365.

IMSA/AMERICANS QUALIFYING RESULTS
63 MAGNUSSEN Jan (DNK), GARCIA Antonio (ESP), ROCKENFELLER Mike (DEU), Chevrolet Corvette C7 R, CORVETTE RACING, action during the 2019 Le Mans 24 hours tests and qualifying session from June 12 to 13 at Le Mans circuit, France – Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI

Most of the American interest at Le Mans this year revolves around IMSA in the GTE-Pro class.

Here’s how the IMSA affiliated teams qualified:

  • No. 63 Corvette Racing, third GTE-Pro, 31st overall
  • No. 93 Porsche GT Team, fourth GTE-Pro, 32nd overall
  • No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA, sixth GTE-Pro, 34th overall
  • No. 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA, 10th GTE-Pro, 38th overall
  • No. 64 Corvette Racing, 11th GTE-Pro, 39th overall
  • No. 94 Porsche GT Team, 15th GTE-Pro, 43rd overall
  • No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari, 17th GTE-Pro, 46th overall
  • No. 85 Keating Ford GT, 9th GTE-Am, 54th overall
  • No. 62 WeatherTech Ferrari, 13th GTE-Am, 58th overall

There are 28 full-season IMSA drivers competing at Le Mans, along with about a dozen Michelin Endurance Cup drivers and roughly 20 one-off IMSA drivers. IMSA compiled the list of those to watch here.

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