Wow. Le Mans is a special event. I’ve been to Spa, the Nurburgring and Silverstone for their respective 24hrs, but none of them come close to this in terms of a spectacle. I would implore anyone reading, if you can get there, go. 2016 dates are already announced and its such a special event it is well worth any amount of effort to get there.

Enough words for now. High Res versions of all the pictures below are on my Flickr: RWSMotorsport

This is the view from the banking inside Beasajour campsite. Not bad for 5 minutes from the tent.

Advertisement

VERY hot brakes were a recurring theme for the Nissans

As a Brit, I feel obliged to love the Astons, all 5 of them.

Advertisement

Thats not to say I’m not a Porsche fan. Far from it. The Stuttgart make should never be overlooked

Especially when the 911s big brother is this beast.

Advertisement

Summer Sunsets were pretty epic every night.

Advertisement

Advertisement

The LMP2s were always popping and banging down through the gears. The noise of a proper race car.

Advertisement

Notice the LMP1H dont have glowing brakes. I guess the hybrid systems are so efficent the brakes don’t get nearly as hot.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Where as the LMP1Ls brakes were glowing like everyone else.

Advertisement

Last sunset shot. Well from Wednesday anyway...

Advertisement

The speed every car took launching out of the Forest Esses was something else.

Advertisement

Retro Nissan livery = WIN!

Advertisement

Lots of people there for a Qualifying session on a Thursday. In fact, every part of the event was always really busy. Total weekend attendance - 263,500.

Advertisement

The two new SMP BR01s running in formation.

Tet Rouge, the home of Track Limits warnings

Advertisement

I’m a sucker for a ‘vette

Advertisement

AF Corse and one of their half dozen or so Ferraris.

Advertisement

Unpopular opinion time: I loved the Art Car livery. I think it looks really cool.

Advertisement

Sadly, fence is an ever present scourge of the Motorsport Photographer.

Advertisement

“Nothing good ever happens in Morning Warmup” - Hugh Chamberlin. The Larbre guys found that out the hard way. Not the way to start the Saturday.

Double trouble.

Advertisement

They know how to make it a big event, I’ll say that for Le Mans.

The madness begins. Prepare for 24 hours of fun.

Advertisement

SO MANY PEOPLE!

All 3 Nissans started, and got on with putting some miles under their wheels.

Advertisement

The team AAI Porsche 997 was the oldest car on the grid, but ran steadily throughout P & Q.

About the only time the 47 Oreca wasnt leading was for the first handful of laps.

Advertisement

The Toyotas just weren’t fast enough. But they ran like clockwork (bar Ant Davidson getting slightly to close to a Ferrari in the Porsche Curves)

Advertisement

Safety cars only compressed the action.

Advertisement

More Arty goodness.

Advertisement

#MurphysMen had a torrid Wednesday, with 3 corners missing from the car after Practise. Somehow they got the car out at 23.45 on Weds evening for some qualifying. Got their troubles out of the way early, and had a solid run through the race.

Advertisement

The 1 and only (works) Corvette. One bullet in the gun, but as Radio Le Mans pointed out, thats one hell of a bullet.

Advertisement

I like different cars, and the Viper was one of my favourites for the whole race.

Sadly, about as close as the Nissans ever got to the R18s.

Advertisement

The crowd didn’t really thin until 7 or 8pm, so was still very busy during the early running.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Nissans were running VERY low ride heights. So lots of sparks throughout the race.

Advertisement

Hunting in a pack.

Advertisement

Variety is the spice of LMP2.

Didnt manage to ever get all 3 Nissans in 1 shot, so 2 outta 3 aint bad.

Advertisement

Advertisement

The Larbre boys got their Corvette back together for the race, but there was more damage under the skin, and sadly it made it into the dusk hours before succumbing to a gearbox leak.

Advertisement

Slow and steady might win the race (spoiler alert, it didnt)

Advertisement

Even under safety car conditions the Aston was still hustling.

Advertisement

Audi had 3 or 4 areas like this for fans. The marketing spend for Audi, Porsche and Nissan must’ve been immense, where as Toyota had a very understated effort.

Advertisement

New Ferris Wheel location was entirely popular with the regulars.

Advertisement

However, Porsche have invested a huge amount in the race and the track, and placed their new Experience Centre where the wheel used to stand.

Advertisement

Dirty Corvette

Advertisement

Porsche leaving Porsche Curves. Ironically one of the points the Audi was the strongest car.

Advertisement

Advertisement

LMP2 lights are bright. Who knew...

Overtaking round the outside on a flat out corner in the Porsche Curves. Because thats just how much aero grip the LMP1s have.

Advertisement

Advertisement

And then it got dark.

Advertisement

Another stunning sunset (which I mostly missed, whoops)

Advertisement

Advertisement

The racing didnt really get any calmer as the light faded.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Aston still very distinctive in the dark.

Advertisement

Safety car bunched the whole pack up as the last of the light disappeared.

Advertisement

The morning after the night before...

Dirty racecars = the best racecars.

Advertisement

Sadly the Sunrise was muted by a very grey cloudy sky, but as it rose higher the colour returned.

out at Mulsanne (after 2 buses and lots of waiting)

Advertisement

With the sun fully up, the remaining cars were still at maximum attack.

Advertisement

Considering this car had 3 corners knocked off it early in the race, it ran faultlessly from then on.

Viper still running, though it faltered in the final hours, with a transmission issue (I think)

Advertisement

Advertisement

All the American Muscle left running at the point. You could hear this pair coming from a way off.

LMP2 presented a large traffic issue for the P1s.

Advertisement

Running like clockwork. Slow clockwork, but clockwork nonetheless.

Whoops. tired brain at Indianapolis.

Advertisement

And the poor marshals who came very close to being squished by a slightly, umm, less than careful extraction. This car won in GTE Am. Not bad considering this was at about 11am.

You can get VERY close to the cars at Arnage.

Advertisement

The Vette having its lat driver change.

With 35 mins to go, the GTE Am leader made its first mistake. And race over :(.

Advertisement

And the Winners. Im not sure if they are pleased or not.