The 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the most historic races and one of the three jewels of motorsportsOn Saturday, the historical planning of La Sarthe, France begins. On this occasion, three Mexicans will participate in the LMP2 class, which this year will include 27 prototypes.
Guillermo Rojas Jr., Roberto Gonzalez and Esteban Gutierrez will compete on the 13 kilometer track.in one of the most difficult tests in motorsport, which will finally return to normal, after the devastation suffered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
up to the challenge
Memo Rojas – Team Duqueine and aboard the No. 30 Oreca 07-Gibson, with Britain’s Richard Bradley And the Frenchman, Rashad de Giros – will take part for the eighth time with the goal of achieving victory in the LMP2, which has so far been denied.
Capital, Who won the European Le Mans Championship in 2017, is keen to benefit from the experience gained from his previous participation – where he finished 1st and 5th – and took the Triple Crown of endurance motorsports, after 24 Hours of Daytona (in 2008, 2011 and 2013) and 12 Hours of Sebring (2014) on his successful record.
And theRoberto Gonzalez of Monterrey (who represents Jota Sport in another Oreca 07-Gibson marked 38) preparing to run his sixth Le Mans, He intends to conquer the podium – second place – which he won in the 2020 edition. His teammates are Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa and Britain’s Will Stevens.
Esteban Gutiérrez will make his debut in this race for Team Europol Competition in an Oreca 07-Gibson No. 34. Previously Formula 1 with Sauber and HaasAnd Mercedes’ current test driver, they will share the car with Poland’s Jakob Smitchowski and Britain’s Alex Brandl.
It will be 24 hours of feelings
The big favorites to win this year are Toyotas, who are looking forward to their fifth win in a row. With two hypercars, the Japanese have Mike Conway (UK), Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) and Jose Maria Lopez (Argentina); While in the other field they have Sebastian Buemi (Switzerland), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Ryo Hirakawa (Japan).
Toyota’s main opponents will be found in the Alps, which will be racing with the 36 car and drivers André Negrao (Brazil), Nicolas Lapierre and Mathieu Véxefer (both from France), as well as the US Glickenhaus Racing team, which will race the 708. (With Brazilian Pepo Dirani and France’s Romain Dumas and Olivier Plas) and the 709th race car (Australian Ryan Briscoe, France’s Frank Millau and Britain’s Richard Westbrook).
This year Michael Fassbender – best known for his role as Magneto in the X-Men saga – will be racing aboard the Porsche 911 RSR-19, as part of the LMGTE Am class.The Irish-German actor will share the car with Australian Matt Campbell and Canadian Zachary Robichon.
This competition will be the last edition in which only three teams will participate in the main category. By 2023, hypercars from Peugeot and Ferrari will enter the scene, as well as the first LMDh with Porsche and BMW.
The race is back to normal, so it will coincide with the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan. This is the situation that the FIA itself hopes to avoid in the future so that neither event loses its relevance. The match begins in Le Mans at 09:00 on Saturday and ends the following day.
American driver Joshua Pearson is ready to break another barrier. At the age of 16 years, three months and 25 days, He will be the youngest driver to start at La Sarthe.
King of Le Mans
The pilot with the most victories in this race is Denmark’s Tom Christines (between 2000 and 2013), With nine wins. Jackie Eckx followed by winning six copies.
Historic moments in Le Mans
Pedro Rodriguez victory
On September 29, 1968, the Mexican driver won the Ford GT40. Pedro Rodriguez crossed the finish line after a fight against Porsche. So far, he is the only Mexican winner of the 24th Le Mans race.
It was in 1999 when the CLR driven by Peter Dombrick crashed and went by air, It reaches a height of about 15 meters. Days ago, in Thursday night training, something similar happened to Mark Webber in a Mercedes 4.
Lightning on the right track
The highest speed in the history of Le Mans is 407 km / h. It was Roger Dorchy at WM P88 who got it in 1988. For comparison, in the first edition of Race (1923)The fastest lap was 107.3 km/h.
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