Racing fans rejoice!
On June 14, 2014, the preeminent racing event known as 24 Hours of Le Mans begins its grueling journey. The race — held annually on the renowned Circuit de la Sarthe in where else but Le Mans, France — pits around 50 drivers against one another in the ultimate test of endurance and efficiency. Each team juggles their car’s speed with maintenance tasks, swapping tires, adjusting fuel levels, and tweaking overall mechanics throughout the duration of the 3,000+ mile race. Although teams may race in different groups depending on its car’s class, an overall winner still gets recognized at the conclusion of the race.
Not short on drama, the 2014 run of Le Mans is rife with notable story lines and intrigue. For instance, 15-time champion Porsche is choosing to include itself in the mid-June race after not attempting an overall win since 1998. Elsewhere, Germany-based Audi is looking to secure it’s fifth consecutive title, having won 12 of the last 14 race (13 if you count Bentley’s 2003 win). Porsche’s comeback coupled with Audi’s dynasty alone makes the race worth the price of admission, especially when you consider driver Tom Kristensen is vying to break his own record and win his 10th Le Man title. If you’re like most car enthusiasts, missing a moment isn’t an option. Thankfully, there are a bevy of online sources for accessing live video and audio from the event, along with vivid photos and brief news summaries.
Here’s our quick guide on how to keep up with 24 hours of Le Mans online, so you can keep up with all the drama and burnt rubber no matter the time of day. The SRT Viper might not be there, but Audi’s R18 e-tron LMP1 is sure to be, complete with an electronic turbocharger designed specifically for Le Mans.
As expected, the official Le Mans organization provides some of the best race coverage surrounding the 24-hour race. With around the clock pre-race coverage on its Facebook and Twitter pages, you’re able to keep up with anything and everything Le Mans. You’ll get access to last year’s results and the 2014 entry list, as well as a noteworthy list of all race regulations through the website. However, you’ll want to check out the organization’s video service Le Mans TV for actual race coverage. Here you’ll browse through a host of interviews, news pieces, and various Le Mans coverage leading up to the big race. Once the race is underway, the feed will features nonstop live coverage, in English and French, along with images from each the 14 on-board cameras. Moreover, special reports will routinely summarize updates on the different race classifications, provide a closer look at the Michelin technical rendezvous, and provide historical context regarding the race and endurance cars in general.
If you want to get up-to-the-minute timing and scoring updates, head over to the FIA World Endurance Championship website. Here you’ll have access to the other endurance races which fall under the FIA World Endurance Championshp series. It also features news articles and updates surrounding 24 Hours of Le Mans. If you’re looking to get even more information on the endurance racing series, FIA’s website is an excellent resource.
The Le Mans Live website is similar to the official Le Mans website, though it does have some variety with its offered videos. It has plenty of articles detailing recent news surrounding the event, last-minute updates, and brief flash information. More importantly, the site offers ranking positions for Le Mans and other FIA races, along with various FIA history and a continuous radio feed with additional commentary during race day.
Speed TV primarily shows its race coverage on its TV channel, though when off air, the full coverage shifts online. The feed streams online in high definition whenever available, they’ll show on board cameras of Corvette’s racing team.
For fans of Audi Racing, Audi’s official site grants users access to the various race coverage pertaining to the German automaker’s team. The sleek website lists various course statistics and facts, the manufacturer’s race history, and starting spots for its various team members. That said, Audio will feature on-board views from the three Audi R18 e-tron quattors, along with telemetry data and lie commentary via Radio Le Mans. Given Audi’s recent success at Le Mans, the manufacture’s coverage is likely to be one of the best.
If you won’t have access to a constant video stream, then Radio Le Mans will help pick up the slack. Renowned sports commentator John Hindhaugh hosts weekly motorsport updates regarding the race, and as expected, he’s poised to be at the helm during the big race as well. Furthermore, the website boasts a catalog of podcasts covering the qualifying races and race highlights — all of which is available in English and Deutsch.
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