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    2009 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 13 - 14)

    This year's edition of the legendary endurance race will be held in less than two weeks time. To cut costs, the ACO have decided to scrap the traditional test day, so the first time the cars will hit the 13.6 km track just three days before the race. We will be at the track for the race week and will keep you up to date with regular reports.

    Some useful links:

    The official Le Mans website

    Past Winners

    Our favourite

    http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/forum...al-thread.html

    Radio Le Mans
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    I'm so excited for this race. I will be cheering for Audi as usual.
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    Anyone know who will be broadcasting it in the U.S.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledgehammer View Post
    Anyone know who will be broadcasting it in the U.S.?
    worldwide?
    I guess no one will streaming it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledgehammer View Post
    Anyone know who will be broadcasting it in the U.S.?
    speed will have like 18 hours of coverage.
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    Eurosport in Europe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledgehammer View Post
    Anyone know who will be broadcasting it in the U.S.?
    I think they are doing the same thing they did for Sebring, they'll show the start 3 hours, and nothing for most of the afternoon and early evening, and continues to the end of the race. They will be showing the race on SpeedTV.com's site during the off-air hour...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledgehammer View Post
    Anyone know who will be broadcasting it in the U.S.?
    Speed Channel:

    8:30am to noon

    4:30 to 10pm

    Midnite to finish.

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    Audi Vs Peugeot in LMP1
    Porsche vs ferrari in GT2


    Can't wait!!

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    It is a shame that the WR just got stuck on the reserve list, they showed remarkable pace during the first two LMS races.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macross Rs View Post
    Audi Vs Peugeot in LMP1
    Porsche vs ferrari in GT2


    Can't wait!!
    I would like to think at Lola Aston Martin can be thrown into the mix there as well for LMP1

    would be nice to see a petrol car beat the oil burners out of the blue and see the Gulf cars on top once more
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    Carroll shelby looks back at 1959 le mans win with aston martin

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    Gaydon, 5 June 2009. Fifty years ago, American racing legend Carroll Shelby formed one half of the Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1 team, together with Englishman Roy Salvadori. In his own words, Shelby describes the historic experience that he defines as the highlight of his racing career.

    ďIt was an amazing time with Aston Martin, which I will always have a huge amount of affection for. In particular, Iíve got so many memories of 1959 and theyíre actually all very different memories. We went through gallons of oil, for example. At the end of the race [Aston Martinís then owner] David Brown got in the car for the victory lap. It meant so much to him; I guess he had wanted to win Le Mans all of his life. When he knew we were going to win, heíd dressed up in all of his finery with a new sports coat and everything. But after he got into the car at the end, he sat in about an inch of oil! I felt quite sorry for him, all dressed up like that and covered in oil! But I guess that under the circumstances he didnít mind too much...

    Back then, our racing budget was £150,000 for the whole season. A bit like the case back then, Aston Martin today has managed to achieve a lot with limited resources. I still have a lot of respect for the team and Iíll be thinking of everyone there at Le Mans.

    Itís all so different though. These days I guess I would hardly recognise the place. Now Le Mans is more like a 24-hour sprint. Back then it was very different; everything was a series of compromises. There was no automatic rev limiter Ė only our feet Ė and the gearbox and clutch were not very strong. It was much more about endurance then. One slip and you could blow the engine.

    But actually itís impossible to compare 1959 and 2009. I always break racing down into eras, and you canít say that one era was any easier or more difficult than the next era or the one before. Itís like comparing apples to oranges. The feeling of winning though: Iím sure thatís not changed much!

    Physically it was very tough as I had dysentery during the entire race in 1959; something I ate I think! That was one of my main problems, but at Le Mans you just rise above any discomfort and forget everything else. Thatís because when you have a chance to win Le Mans itís the chance of a lifetime. Looking back on it though, it must have been really tricky as I didnít eat anything for 24 hours apart from dysentery tablets. Then we won the race and - oh my God Ė they suddenly stuck a champagne bottle in my mouth and it sent me a bit loopy! I was so tired I could hardly stand or think. I reckon I just collapsed afterwards and slept for about 12 hours.

    Times change but Iím sure I would have enjoyed driving the modern LMP1 car too. Racing drivers just adapt to whatever machinery they have and learn as they go along. Thatís always been the case and always will be. We didnít do that much practice before the 1959 race, for example, as we didnít need it. We already knew the circuit and besides, youíve got a whole 24 hours to answer any other questions you might have. Our priority was getting through the race and not making any mistakes. Believe me, there was plenty of potential to get it very badly wrong. Or for someone to get it wrong for you.

    Back then, it probably rained at every race in Le Mans. Then you had the fog at night and the slow cars doing around 80mph on the right hand side of the truck Ė that was the rule Ė and we were doing 160mph to 165mph on the left. You just had to hope it all worked out. And in 1959, it certainly did.

    One thing thatís still the same between then and now is the fact that Le Mans is so very different to anywhere else. The 24 Hours is legendary because it presents a whole new and different set of problems compared to other races. Iím sure thatís still true now.

    My personal message to the Aston Martin drivers before they start the race next weekend would simply be - carry the flag. Roy Salvadori and I are both really proud of you. Letís hope that this wonderful team goes on for another 50 years and the very best of luck to you all.Ē
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    Full gallery of images and a few Audi comparos (turbo inlets and flow conditioners) amongst the 88 shots from today.

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    Cal Naughton, Jr.: So when you say psychosomatic, you mean like he could start a fire with his thoughts?

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