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Le Mans 24 Hour Race
Most famous of all endurance races
This year will be held the 79th Le Mans 24 Hour Race, where a fully list of cars and of course the drivers will be competing in the most famous of all endurance races. Spectators follow every hour of a race that attracts owners and drivers from the most prestigious companies.
The 20011 le Mans 24hour is already getting to be the best fought races in recent times. French team Oreca have clinched the Le Mans Series championship and will be looking to improve on their fourth place in the competition, Uk with the Aston Martin have already declared the intention to win 2011 competition with their brand new , purpose built car, and many others.
The saturday will start with a morning warm-up, a support race – historic racing cars or Group C for example to the start of the 2011 le Mans 24 hours race at 1500h. A flexible self-drive itineraries mean you can spend up to a week in France and enjoy as much of the 2011 le Mans 24 action as you wish.
You can get away from the city and enjoy some tranquility, there is a accommodation which suits to all kind of tastes. All the le Mans 24 properties have been specially chosen for the comforts they offer, the services they provide and, of course the thing that matters - the price.
The first running of the Le Mans 24 hours held back in 1923 on May, on the public roads from Paris to Le Mans town. The new race caught on to such an extent that within 30 years ,in 1923, the local automobile club had set up the first 24-hour race as a one-off challenge. The original idea was to go the furthest distance over three consecutive races.
The early races were dominated by British, French, and Italian drivers, teams, and cars, with Bentley, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti being the prominent marques. In the late 1930's the teams started running aerodynamic bodywork, reaching for faster speeds with Bugatti and Alfa Romeo. With the outbreak of World War II in late 1939, the Le Mans 24hrs race went on a ten year break.
In 1953 fter the formation of the World Sportscar Championship, Jaguar, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, and others began sending multiple cars, supported by their factories, to compete against their competitors. Unfortunately this competition would also lead to tragedy with an accident during the 1955 race. At the end of the 1960s, Ford entered the Le Mans 24hrs with their GT40s, and took a straight wins before the era of production-based cars would come to a close.
In the 21st Century the increasing costs associated with running a car in the competition saw many major automobile manufacturers review their participation, but only Audi remained competing at the Le Mans 24 hours, easily dominating the races with their R8.