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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Comparing the 24h of Le Mans Prize Scales 2015 and 1972

I was recently wondering whether competitors in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 would receive larger prizes on the whole than those awarded to competitors in the early 70s. A fellow 24 Hours of Le Mans fan was kind enough to share with me the prize scale (in French Francs) from 1972. I then adjusted it by some 42 years of inflation and converted it back to Euros/British Pounds/US Dollars.

Here are the results: the prizes awarded in 1972 were not, in total, so different from those awarded today (15% gap). However, the way they were calculated and what each car was awarded individually were very different (notice the prize awarded to mechanics, the prize for non-finishing cars, etc...).

Friday, 28 November 2014

WEC Sao Paulo FP1, FP2 and FP3 Average Lap Times

Average lap times calculated during FP1, FP2 and FP3 excluding pit entry/exit laps.

In a nutshell:

   In LMP1, keep an eye on Audi,
   In LMP2, seems like G-Drive is on another planet,
   In GTE Pro, we are heading for an exceptional race (3 teams within 2 to 3 tenths)
   In GTE Am, Aston Martin is like G-Drive in LMP2... on another planet

At least 45 prototypes aiming for the 24H of Le Mans

Last February, ACO had initially selected 10 LMP1s, 17 LMP2s and 5 reserve LMP2 cars - 32 prototypes in total - for the 2014 edition of the 24h of Le Mans.

Using information released publicly, one can currently reach a total of 45 candidates including 14 LMP1s and 31 LMP2s:

This list will be updated as we progress towards the official presentation of the contenders to the 2015  edition of the 24h of Le Mans (Feb 5, 2015).