Hosted at the Circuit de la Sarthe, this year’s edition promises to be one most exciting yet as Australia‘s Ryan Briscoe and his Ford team take on the very best from Porsche, Audi, Toyota and Nissan. The 2017 Le Mans 24 is also expected to be the fastest ever, and you won’t miss a minute of this thrilling motor sport action when watching it live on a standard or HD TV, as well as with mobile streaming with a Free Trial.
24 Hours of Le Mans Race Preview
Porsche looks well represented again in the classic race. Kiwi Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber are two noted speedsters who will look to set it up for teammate Timo Bernhard, an experienced campaigners who have been in several editions of this race. Add to that British driver’s Oliver Webb and really there isn’t much you can say about the Porsche team in a negative. The depth they have looks to be clearly the best of the main contenders.
Toyota are looking to claim their first Le Mans and this could well be their best chance to win. The trio of Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway have looked pretty good in practice, but reports from the crew is that the car isn’t quite going 100%, and that will need to be fixed immediately if they are to be any threats.
The other Toyota car that consists of Anthony Davidson, Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima are probably the quickest and consistent trio of the entire entry list for the race. It will all depend on the car and how fast it can go, and of course how much time they spend in the pits. If both of those factors are managed nicely, they could well win and become revered in Japan as the first winners of the great race from that nation, and put behind them the 2014 disaster.
When: Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18
Where: Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France
Le Mans 24 Hour Live TV Times
Saturday June 17
10:30 pm to 1:00 am – Eurosport
Sunday June 18
1:00 am to 9:00 am – Eurosport
9:00 am to 11:30 pm – Eurosport
Le Mans 24 Live Streaming and a Free Trial
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will not be shown live on Free to Air TV, but Eurosport (Foxtel) will offer the most complete Live coverage of this prestigious event, so if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s 2 weeks Free TV trial, which is available to EVERYONE, both new users and existing Foxtel Play subscribers.
Foxtel Now will broadcast the Le Mans 24, the Baku Grand Prix (June 23-25) and other popular sports online*, as well as offering live Le Mans 24 streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app.
Le Mans 24 Track Fixtures
Combined with the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport.
Circuit length: 13.629 km (8.469 mi)
Number of turns: 38
Lap record: 3:19.074 (Loic Duval, 2010)
Driver Teams to Watch
Porsche will be led by former Formula One driver, Mark Webber, who is one of the best drivers Australia has produced. Porsche came close to winning Le Mans last year, and looked set for victory late, but they succumbed to technical issues in the latter stages of the race. They have won this race 16 times. No reason why they can’t win it for a 17th time.
Audi is the favourite to take it out given they have won 13 of the last 15 editions of Le Mans, and they have been performing at top level in testing, with the real key being the speed around the corners, something which has impressed on lookers. They are coming off wins at Silverstone and Spa, so with that form behind them, they will once again prove hard to beat.
Toyota go into Le Mans as the outsider after poor showings in recent times, and they have been clocking slow times. This can be put down to the fact that Porsche and Audi have the bigger budgets and allow serious coin towards this race compared to Toyota. But it might not take brilliance to win it…given it’s an endurance race.