Le Mans

Le Mans With McLaren - The Race Action

Awesomely we were allowed in the pit lane and on the grid before the race..apparently they let everyone else in as well..

This was my first visit to an endurance race and it was really nice once the race had started to know that you had a whole 24hours. This means that you don't have to rush anywhere or fret too much about missing anything. I didn't have track access so was a bit limited on where I could photograph from but as this was more of a social occasion I was pretty happy to sit down with many a glass of champagne and watch the action. I whole heartedly recommend Le Mans to any car fan, the variety of cars and engine sounds (proper engine sounds not the poncy F1 noises you get these days) really amplify the atmosphere. Here are some race photos:

During the race McLaren put on a bit of entertainment so along with interviews with some of the Le Mans winning drivers we had Gordon Murray and Jeff Hazell telling us about the car.

CEO Mike Flewitt

CEO Mike Flewitt

JJ Lehto and Masanori Sekiya telling amusing stories about winning Le Mans in the F1 GTR

JJ Lehto and Masanori Sekiya telling amusing stories about winning Le Mans in the F1 GTR

Chris Lawton interviewing Gordon Murray and Jeff Hazell about the McLaren F1

Chris Lawton interviewing Gordon Murray and Jeff Hazell about the McLaren F1

Oh yeah, and Porsche WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woop woop (Sorry McLaren but you need to enter a car to win so i'll back you guys next time)

Le Mans With McLaren - A Lap Of The Track

In order to celebrate 20 years since winning Le Mans with the F1 GTR McLaren did a parade lap before the start of the race with a selection of F1 GTRs, P1s and 650s (including the new Le Mans edition..roof scoop yo) being followed finally by some 12Cs. I have to say this really was one of the best things I've ever done. Sitting in a P1 behind an F1 GTR Longtail (driven by JJ Lehto) about to do a slow cruise around the Le Mans track really got the blood pumping. In the prior briefing there were a few safety tips and guidelines to keep everyone safe and all the cars in one piece. Firstly, no overtaking. The impression I had been given was that we were going to go for a very sedate drive around the track in a line. Apparently race drivers have very selective hearing because after a few slow corners past the crowds the pace started to increase at an exponential rate until i found myself doing 180mph down the Mulsanne straight behind some screaming GTRs! This I will never forget.. Below i've linked my snapchat which has a bit of video of the lap.

Le Mans With McLaren - Headed For The Track

There is no better way to get to the track than by helicopter!

This was my first chance to get up and close with McLaren P1 GTR..what an epic looking thing!

The people that get to own these special cars are getting an absolute beast. I love the use of the same latches as the McLaren F1 to open the doors.

Only at Le Mans would you get an Aston Martin One-77 as a safety car...

To commemorate McLaren winning Le Mans with the F1 20 years ago there was a parade lap this year. The holding area for the cars was quite something.