Exceptionally, Le Mans rides this year will not take place until September, ie next weekend.
Legendary Le Mans’ 24-hour drive will be raced for the 88th time next weekend. The 40-year-old is participating in the competition for the 12th time Toni Vilander.
Vilander participates in the LM GTE Pro class on a Ferrari 488 car. Vilander was in the same car last year, but was not in the Pro class at the time. The fastest category in the race is the LMP1, but it has few competitors and of the big car manufacturers, only Toyota is no longer involved.
The race is run in teams of three, circulating just over 13.6 kilometers of track. The Americans are driving the same car with Vilander Cooper MacNeil and Jerrfey Segal.
The starting points for the competition usually differ significantly, as there are no test days at all this year. Vilander says in a Eurosport press release that other Pro-class line-ups have already run several races, but for Vilander, MacNeil and Segal, the race is the first together.
“We start with time in moderation and see where the pace is going to develop in it,” Vilander says in a press release.
Time of competition brings its own addition, as the race is usually run in June. Now there is more dark time, about four hours. Crashes and derailments are more likely than in normal years.
Vilander, who has won the Pro series twice in Le Mans twice (in 2012 and 2014), says the victory is under the rock this year. Vilander sets the goal of flawless performance.
“If the stars are right, then to the podium,” Vilander says in a statement.
Last year, Vilander drove for nearly twelve hours. This year, it’s possible that the drive time will be even longer, as MacNeal is likely to drive significantly fewer hours than Vilander and Segal.
“It simply came to our notice then. At some point it is difficult to eat and liquefy the required amount. It will take at least a week to recover, ”Vilander says in a press release.
Le Mans 24-hour rides from Sat 3:15 p.m. Eurosport, DPlay and Eurosport player show the race.