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Newsletter - n 12 - Jun 2003

01/06/2003

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

- Schedules of Le Mans week :

Monday 9th june :

Scrutineering 14h30 to 18h00, Place des Jacobins, town center

Tuesday 10th june :

Scrutineering 8h30 to 17h00, Place des Jacobins, town center

Wednesday 11th june :

1st qualify session from 19h00 to 21h00 and 22h00 to 0h00

Thursday 12th june :

Le Mans Legend qualify from 17h30 to 18h30

2nd qualify session from 19h00 to 21h00 and 22h00 to 0h00

Friday 13th june :

Pits visit from 10h00 to 20h00

Pilots parade in the town center from 18h00 to 19h00

Saturday 14th june :

Warm Up from 9h00 to 9h45

Le Mans Legend start preparation at 9h30

Le Mans Legend start at 10h15

Le Mans Legend finish and podium at 11h15

Motoring Cavalcade from 12h15 to 12h45

"Mise en épi 24H from 12h45 to 13h30

Pilots presentation from 13h30 to 14h45

Beginning of start procédure at 15h22

"Patrouille de France" overfly at 15h51

Race start at 16h00

Sunday 15th june :

Finish at 16h00

- Before Le Mans 24Hrs race, a new "Le Mans Legend" trophy will take place. Old 24 Hrs cars from 1959 to 1970 race with relay of 2 pilots by car.

- General Motors continue officialy in GTS category during next 3 years. In Le Mans this year, the Corvette have new colors to celebrate the 50th of the Corvette car. Their numbers : 50 for the 50th years old of the car and 53 for the year it was created.

- 2003 24Hrs presentation will occur on tuesday 3th of june at Palais des Congrès of Le Mans (free entrance).

- Don Panoz will give start of Le Mans race this year. Panoz firm let down Prototypes cars to build new GT Esperante, which begin to run in GTS category this year.

- Eurosport TV chanel will diffuse the Le Mans 24 Hrs this year. Program in english on their site www.eurosport.com .

- Johnny Dumfries (GB) has renounced to participate at Le Mans due to a lack of time to prepare him. He run during preliminary test day on n 26 DBA. He will be replaced by Stéphane Ortelli (F).

- Tom Coronel (NL) will be the third Spyker pilot for Le Mans with Norman Simon (D) and Hans J. Hugenholtz (NL).

- Crew for n 93 GT3RS Porsche, from Alex Job Rcg at Le Mans will be completed by Lucas Luhr (D), Sascha Maassen (D) and Emmanuel Collard (F).

- Werner Lupberger (SouthAfr) replace Bryan Herta (USA) to drive the Nasamax Team n 14 Reynard for Le Mans.

- You can find complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.motorsport.com/ ]

 

My site :

- 5265 visits in april and 5556 visits in may on the site.

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n 14) summary added on part "documents"

- New 3 pages created on 2003 24Hrs Preliminary tests with 92 photos including 11 from Stéphane L. and also times performed by cars.

- 4 new non official sites and 1 official site, inserted in links pages.

- Updated of "presentation" page with 2003 24 Hrs schedules and official poster.

- Last forum theme in english : [Pilot / Nicolas LEBOISSETIER]

 

Advertises :

- From ACO : Forever anxious to improve the level of welcome and comfort of its spectators, the Automobile Club de lOuest will be setting up two new open grandstands which can be dismantled, at the entry to the ESSES of the Tertre Rouge. Located outside the track, these two grandstands, the seats of which will be on sale at 77, will offer an unrestricted view of the best spots of the circuit: the Dunlop descent, the Chapel Corner and the entry into the ESSES of the Tertre Rouge. Incomparable visibility, the guarantee of seeing the cars overtaking and braking http://marchand.lemans.org

- Le Mans Story on 19, 20 and 21th september on Le Mans Bugatti circuit, 3 non-stop hours race with 40 Prototypes and GT cars (raced at Le Mans between 1962 and 1976), with pilots changes and fuel stops. Also a race with Formula 1 from the 70th. Total of 12 races, 200 cars, Saloon Car, Maxi 1000, Mep-Monomil Lotus Seven, Trophée Lurani Formule Junior, Formule 3 Classic - Formule Renault Turbo. Visit official site : http://www.lmstory.com/.

- New sites : "Fast Details" [ http://www.fastdetails.com/ ], "Matrasport.dk" [ www.matrasport.dk ], [http://membres.lycos.fr/tomapasto/ ], [www.24hdumans.cjb.net/ ] and "LeMans Story" [www.lmstory.com/ ]

 

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Newsletter - n 11 - Apr 2003

13/04/2003

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

- Daytona 24 Hrs results, race on 1 and 2th februar 2003 :

1/ Porsche GT3 RS n 66 - The Racers Group - Buckler / Schrom / Bernhard / Luhr - 695 laps

2/ Ferrari 360 Modena n 35 - Risi Competizione - Kelleners / Lazzaro / Mowlen - 686 laps

3/ Porsche GT3 RS n 83 - Rennwerks Motorsports - Van Overbeck / Steranka / Standridge / Murry - 684 laps

- The Nasamax Team will enter a Reynard LMP900 Cosworth for Le Mans. This engine will be powered by a "green" fuel with bio-ethanol. Pilots will be Bryan Herta (USA)/ Romain Dumas (F)/ Robie Stirling (CAN).

- Joest Team with R8 Audi won't enter the Le Mans race.

- Bentley Team crew for Le Mans will be made by Johnny Herbert (GB)/ David Brabham (AUS)/ Mark Blundell (GB) and Tom Kristensen (DK)/ Guy Smith (GB)/ Rinaldo Capello (I)

- ADT Champion Rcg Team will enter a R8 Audi for Le Mans with JJ.Lehto (FIN)/ Stefan Johansson (SW)/ Emanuele Pirro (I).

- Arena Motorsport Team / Audi Sport UK will enter a R8 Audi for Le Mans with Franck Biela (D)/ Perry McCarthy (GB)/ Mika Salo (FIN).

- Private team JML Team Panoz will enter 2 Panoz LMP01 Elan for Le Mans with Olivier Beretta (F), Gunnar Jeannette (USA), Max Papis (I).

- Veloqx Prodrive Rcg Team will enter 2 Ferrari 550 Maranello for Le Mans. Pilots are Tomas Enge (TCH), Peter Kox (NL), Anthony Davidson (GB), Kevlin Burt (GB), Jamie Davies (GB) and Darren Turner (GB)

- Risi Competizione team will enter 2 Ferrari 360 Modena for Le Mans with pilotes Johnny Mowlen (GB), Butch Leitzinger (USA), Shane Lewis (USA).

- Rcg For Holland team will enter 2 Dome Judd S101s with crew Jan Lammers (NL)/ John Bosch (NL)/ Andy Wallace (GB) and Beppe Gabbiani (I)/ Felipe Ortiz (BOL)/ Tristan Gommendy (F)

- The ACO has received 72 request to enter the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hrs race. After Sebring, the committee has selected following competitors (50 selected + 6 reserve) :

LMP900

4- Riley&Scott Rcg - Riley&Scott

5- Audi Sport Japan Team Goh - Audi R8

6- Champion Rcg / Dave Maraj - Audi R8

9- Kondo Racing - Dome Mugen

10- Arena Intl Motorsport - Audi R8

11- JML Team Panoz - Panoz Elan

12- JML Team Panoz - Panoz Elan

13- Courage Compétition - Courage Judd

14- Team Nasamax - Reynard Cosworth

15- Rcg For Holland - Dome Judd

16- Rcg For Holland - Dome Judd

17- Pescarolo Sport - Courage Peugeot

18- Pescarolo Sport - Courage Peugeot

19- Automotive Durango SRL 82648 - Durango MG

20- Lister Rcg - Lister Storm

21- Edouard Sezionale - Norma Ford

LM GTP

7- Team Bentley - Bentley Speed 8

8- Team Bentley - Bentley Speed 8

LMP675

23- Team Bucknum Rcg / Jeff Bucknum - Pilbeam JPX

24- Rachel Welter - WR Peugeot

25- Gérard Welter - WR

26- RN Motorsport Ltd V / John Nielsen - DBA Zytek

27- Intersport Rcg - Lola MG

29- Noël Del Bello - Reynard Lehmann

31- Courage Compétition - Courage JPX

LM GTS

50- Corvette Rcg Gary Pratt - Corvette C5R

53- Corvette Rcg Gary Pratt - Corvette C5R

61- Carsport America - Pagani Zonda

64- Graham Nash Motorsport - Saleen S7R

66- Konrad Motorsport - Saleen S7R

68- Scorp Motorsport Communication - Chrysler Viper GTS R

72- Luc Alphand Aventures - Ferrari 550 Maranello

80- Veloqx Prodrive Rcg - Ferrari 550 Maranello

86- Larbre Compétition - Chrysler Viper GTS R

88- Veloqx Prodrive Rcg - Ferrari 550 Maranello

LM GT

70- JMB Rcg - Ferrari 360 Modena

75- Thierry Perrier - Porsche GT3 RS

77- Team Taisan Advan - Porsche GT3 RS

78- PK Sport Ltd - Porsche GT3 RS

81- The Racers Group Kevin Buckler - Porsche GT3 RS

83- Seikel Motorsport - Porsche GT3 RS

84- T2M Motorsport - Porsche GT3 RS

85- Spyker Automobielen BV - Spyker C8 Double R

87- Orbit - Porsche GT3 RS

91- Dewalt Racesports Salisbury - TVR

92- Dewalt Racesports Salisbury - TVR

93- Alex Job Rcg - Porsche GT3 RS

94- Risi Competizione / Guiseppe Risi - Ferrari 360 Modena

95- Risi Competizione / Guiseppe Risi - Ferrari 360 Modena

99- XL Rcg - Ferrari 550 Maranello

Reserve cars

22- Taurus Sports Rcg - Lola Judd

67- Konrad Motorsport - Saleen S7R

82- The Racers Group Kevin Buckler - Porsche GT3 RS

65- Graham Nash Motorsport - Saleen S7R

79- PK Sport Ltd - Porsche GT3 RS

74- Luc Alphand Aventures - Porsche GT3 RS

(Reserve cars will be let go through in this order, if there are some withdrawals.)

- Orbit Rcg team will enter a GT3 R Porsche for Le Mans with Marc Lieb (D)/ Peter Baron (USA)/ Leo Hindery (USA)

- Wayne Gardner (AUS) has announced his retirement from mechanic sports at 43 years old. He was former world champion moto, and then left moto for car races. He enter once a time Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1998 on Riley&Scott MkIII Ford Solution F/P.Gache car, with Philippe Gache and Didier De Radigues, but did not finished at 12th hour due to broken engine.

- Alex Job rcg team will enter a GT3 R Porsche for Le Mans with pilotes Lucas Luhr (D) and Sascha Maassen (D).

- Carsport America team will enter a Pagani Zonda GR for Le Mans with Mike Hezemans (NL)/ Anthony Kumpen (B)

- Sebring 12 Hrs results, race on 15th march 2003 :

1/ Audi R8 - Team Joest n1 - Biela / Werner / Peter - 367 laps

2/ Audi R8 - Champion Rcg n 38 - Pirro / Lehto / Johansson - at 0 lap

3/ Bentley Speed 8 - Team Bentley n 8 - Herbert / Brabham / Blundell - at 4 laps

- Le Mans organisators plan to create a 5 races serie of 4 hrs each in Europe for 2004. This race will be open to LMP900/GTP, LMP675, LM GTS and LM GT cars. Races would take place in Britain, Germany, Italy and Belgium.

 - Fermin Velez (SP) is dead on 31th march 2003 due to a cancer. He was 44 years old and enter Le Mans 6 times :

1986- Porsche 956B Danone Fitzpatrick - (DeVillota/Fouche) - 4

1987- Spice Pontiac Fiero SE86C Ford Cosw. DFL - (Spice/DeHenning) - 6 (1 Grp. C2)

1989- Spice SE88C Ford Cosw. DFL Chamberlain - (Adams/Taverna) - DNF 16h / valves

1990- Spice SE90C Ford Cosw. DFZ - (Harvey/Hodgetts) - 18

1996- Ferrari 333SP Rocket Sports - (Evans/Y.Muller) - DNF 3h / fuel failure

1998 - Ferrari 333SP Doyle Risi Rcg - (VanDePoele/Taylor) - 8 (1 Grp. LMP1)

- Next rendez-vous for Le Mans : Sunday 4th of may for preliminary practice.

- You can find complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.motorsport.com/ ]

 

My site :

- 4496 visits in january, 4186 visits in february and 6093 visits in march on my site.

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n 13) summary added on part "documents"

- 25 new photos added to Le Mans 2002. Photos from Yves D., Stéphane L. and Rob P.

- New page "Timbres" added on part "documents" with Le Mans stamps.

- New Le Mans collecting articles added on part "documents"

- New page on 2002 Miami ALMS race on part "documents" created with 20 photos from Tim H.B.

- New page on 2003 12 hrs Sebring race on part "documents" created with 20 photos from Jérôme M.

 

Advertises :

- DVD film "Le Mans" of Steve McQueen will be available on Amazon.com (USA) from 29th april 2003. Caution to the format ! Article intended to zone 1 (USA and Canada). Link : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00008DDRX/ref=t_th_em_po

 

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Newsletter - n 10 - Jan 2003

28/01/2003

 

I would like to wish you an happy new year 2003. For present, you can see the special picture I made on address : http://home.nordnet.fr/~cbastin/temp/2003_eng.jpg (111 Ko)

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

 - PK Sport team want to run at Le Mans 24 Hrs in GT group.

- Autoexe won't be back in Le Mans in 2003, but Yojiro Terada is announced in Welter Racing team which want to run 2 WR.

- Alex Job Rcg team, after earning an automatic entrance for Le Mans with a victory at Petit Le Mans, has confirmed to be present at Le Mans for next 24 hrs race.

 - After Tom Kristensen, Guy Smith and Rinaldo Capello, it's Johnny Herbert who get into Bentley team.

- Audi UK with Arena Motorsport team, and private teams Goh and Champion Rcg has announced the wish to run Le Mans 24 Hrs race with Audi R8 prototype cars.

- The Racer's Group team want to enter two 996 GT3 RS Porsche at Le Mans race.

- The Luc Alphand Aventures team would purchase two C65 Courage cars for Le Mans 24 Hrs in LMP675 group.

- Audi factory has announced that they won't be present at Le Mans but they could support private team, maybe Joest team.

- Carsport Holland team will enter a Pagani Zonda at Le Mans.

- Goddard Rcg team want to run two LMP675 Reynard at Le Mans 24 Hrs race.

- French Idée Verte Compétition team want to enter a WR prototype with LPG fuel at Le Mans.

- Spyker team with Hans Hugenholtz would like to enter a Spyker car for Le Mans.

- The entry list for 2003 Le Mans 24 Hrs race is openend between 19th january and 21st february. The ACO will published his 50 selected entrants after Sebring 12 Hrs on 15th march.

- The ALMS schedule is published : Sebring 12 hrs (15th march), Mexico City 6 hrs (5th april), Washington D.C. (29th june), Sears Point / Sonoma (27th july), Trois Rivières 3 hrs Canada (3rd august), Mosport / Canada (17th august), Road America (24th august), Laguna Seca / Monterey (7th september), Miami (27th september), Petit Le Mans (18th october).

- You can find complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.motorsport.com/ ]

 

My site :

- 3556 visits in november and 3692 visits in december on my site, so for 2002, there were 44792 visits.

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n 11 and 12) summary added on part "documents"

- Last forum themes are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- No advertise in english this time

 

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Newsletter - n 9 - Nov 2002

17/11/2002

 

First of all, with this newsletter, I want to inform you of the birth of my daughter on 24th of october. Maybe, later, she would become a Le Mans fan ! I also want to advise you that after 3 years of work, a second big part of my site is finished. It concerns the honours of every pilots who came to Le Mans. Finally, with this newsletter, you will find a special offer for the "Speed Tribe" CD/DVD.

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

 - Panoz plans to leave LMP class in 2004 to run in GTS class. However, the Prototype car will be present on races in 2003, for ALMS season and for Le Mans 24 Hrs. Both pilots, David Brabham and Jan magnussen have been released from their contracts with Panoz.

- The Sebring 12 Hrs will take place on 15th march 2003

 - The team who have won an automatic entrance for 2003 Le Mans 24 Hrs are : Audi Sport North America (LMP900), Intersport (LMP675), Corvette Racing (LMGTS) and Alex Job Racing (LMGT)

- The team Apollo Racing with their new LMP675 prototype, IRM 02S Zytek, wish to be present for 2003 Le Mans 24 Hrs

- You can find complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.motorsport.com/ ]

 

My site :

- 3113 visits in october on my site.

- New "Pilots" part on the site with the honours of every pilots who came to Le Mans. By alphabetic order, there are 56 pages on HTML format. Special thanks to Charles Queguiner (site : www.irisa.fr/prive/charly/ ) and Stefan Ornerdal (site : http://user.tninet.se/%7Eaiq291w/index.htm) who have published full results, and this have permitted me to do this pages.

- The new tickets price for 2003 Le Mans 24 Hrs race, published by ACO, are present on Le Mans 24 hrs "presentation" page

- New page "commissaires de piste" created in "Dossiers" part with 37 photos of "commissaires de piste" in action, flags and links.

- Last forum themes are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- Special offer for "Speed Tribe" CD/DVD at $16.99. By this newsletter, you will save $8. See this special offer on the page http://www.dance.com/mailouts/st-november-lmcb.html . Special offer until 30th november 2002. Package containing Speed Tribe DVD, Speed Tribe remixed soundtrack CD and an Internet code for free downloads.

- New addresses for site "program covers" [www.progcovers.com]

- New sites : "Les 24 Heures du Mans" [www.ifrance.com/Les24HeuresduMans] and "GT Evénements" [www.gtevenements.fr.fm/]

- The Automobile Club de l'Ouest suggest you to become an ACO member. Offer to see in enlish on page : http://www.euromedianet.fr/form_mailing_aco/club/club24_gb.htm

- Eric L. (french) is selling some of his commercial video tapes on various 24 Hrs Le Mans race, years 50, 60, 70 and 80. Most of them are originals in english, PAL system. You can found his mail address on my site forum

 

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Newsletter - n 8 - Oct 2002

07/10/2002

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

 - Audi Sport UK Team should come back to Le Mans in 2003 with a private R8 Audi Protoype

 - Morgan wish to come back to Le Mans in 2003

- Nissan have shown its new 300Z, with LMGT caracteristics. This car will be intend to private teams

- General Motors has confirmed the end of its Sport Prototype programm with Northstar LMP Cadillac. So they won't be in Le Mans for next 24Hrs race.

- York City Rcg Team plan to run in 2003 Le Mans 24Hrs with a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo or maybe with a Porsche.

- The TVR factory wish to involve 2 Tuscan Rs for next 2003 Le Mans race

- Marshall Cooke Rcg (MCR) has announced that, in 2003, they plan to engage one of their two LMP675 Lola/Millington cars for Le Mans 24Hrs.

- Bentley plan to enter two races with 2 Bentley Exp Speed 8 : Sebring 12Hrs and Le Mans 24Hrs.

- The JMB Rcg USA Team (which is a new team created for ALMS 2003 season, and partnered of JMB Rcg France) plan to participate to Le Mans 24Hrs, using Ferrari Modena 360GT cars.

 - Dates for Le Mans 2003 : preliminary test on 4th may 2003 and 24Hrs race on 14 and 15th june 2003. One more time, Formule1 Grand Prix are schedules the same days, Barcelone on 4th may and Montréal the 15th june.

- You can find complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.motorsport.com/ ]

 

My site :

- 3445 visits in July, 3032 visits in August and 2697 visits in september on my site.

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n 10) summary added on part "documents"

- New page "phone cards" created in "Dossiers" part with 11 photos of 905 Peugeot on french phone cards.

- Last forum themes : [ Le Mans 1962, pits] ; [Dalmas and Helary addresses ] , others are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- New addresses for sites "passionnemans" [ http://passionnemans.free.fr ] , "racingsportscars" [ www.racingsportscars.com ] and GTO-Racing [http://gto-racing.nexenservices.com ]

  - New sites : "Mulsanne" [www.efrance.fr/mulsanne/] , "Virages" [www.virages.fr.st/ ] , "Motorlegend" [http://www.motorlegend.com/] and "Le Mans Classic" [www.lemansclassic.com ]

 

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Newsletter - n 7 - Jul 2002

20/07/2002

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

- The David Price Rcg Team intend to engage a GT for 2003 Le Mans 24Hrs with a (or more) MG X80 GT.

- Death of belgian pilot Philip Verellen, he raced 2 times at Le Mans 24Hrs : in 1993 on a 500LM Venturi with Duez/Bachelart and finished 25th, and on a 911 GT3R Porsche of Club Renstal Excelsior with Penders/Dujardyn and finished 24th.

- Nissan is working to prepare a race version of the 350Z, made by Nismo. It will be made by Nismo and answer of LMGT characteristics.

- Marcos should have been decided to come back to Le Mans in 2003.

- Courage is working since some months on a LMP675 prototype project, maybe for Le Mans 2003

- Audi should come back officialy, the factory will decide it in october, but several cars will be sold to private teams, so we would see some Audi in 2003

- Bentley will come back to Le Mans in 2003, maybe with 3 cars to win the race.

- British official marque Ascari has decided to stop sportscars with his Ascari Judd KZR1 to concentrate on his KZ1 supercar project. The Ascari Team was very disappointed when they receved only one entry for Le Mans race. And unfortunately, during the 2002 24Hrs Le Mans race, the Ascari Judd KZR1 n 21 retired in the first hours when the car crashed after a suspension failure.

- You can find complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.autosport.com ] ; [www.motorsport.com/ ]

 

My site :

- 4620 visits in may and 8837 visits in june on my site.

- Change of "livres" page which becomes "collection", with a new book ("Alpine at Le Mans") and CD/DVD "Speed Tribe"

- 3 new pages created on 2002 Le Mans 24 Hrs Race and Qualify : informations, results and 94 photos

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n 8 and n 9) summary added on part "documents"

- 2 New sites in links pages : [www.dance.com/speedtribe/lemans.html?affiliate_Code=lmcb] ; [www.abc24.fr.fm ]

- Last forum themes are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- High quality kits of miniatures cars, site : www.lemansminiatures.com

- LE MANS Racing magazine, only in french, for Le Mans fans. www.lemansracing.com

- LE MANS CLASSIC, september 21 and 22, 2002. 24 hours of races on the real circuit of 24 Hrs for cars which have run at Le Mans between 1923 and 1975. The bigest european meeting of Clubs makes. Shops, expositions, sales ... . Site : www.lemansclassic.com

- The book "Annuel des 24H du Mans" will celebrate its 25th birthday. A more prestigious edition, of 288 pages will be published in October 2002. Authors : Jean Marc Teissèdre and Christian Moity. Public price : 55 . French and English version available in ACO shops ( www.lemans.org ).

- New book by François Hurel "Alpine at Le Mans 1963 - 1995". We can find each 63 Alpine at Le Mans 24 Hrs with technical forms, photos. 164 pages both in English and French with 210 photos or draws. Price 40 . Available on Editions du Palmier site : www.editions-palmier.fr/index.htm .

- Speed Tribe features Le Mans like you've never seen it. This double-disc DVD/CD captures the human experience of Le Mans, creatively filmed and edited to surround music and sounds from legendary electronica producers of Front 242. Extras include exclusive interviews with drivers Frank Biela, David Brabham and John Nielsen. www.dance.com/speedtribe/lemans.html?affiliate_Code=lmcb

 

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Newsletter - n 6 - May 2002

25/05/2002

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

- 2002 Le Mans 24 Hrs previsionnal schedule :

[Monday, June 10 - 2.30am to 6.00pm ] and [Tuesday, June 11 - 8.30am to 5.00pm ] :

Administrative checking and scrutineering

[Wednesday, June 12 ] :

06.00pm to 06.30pm : Free practice "Formule France Euroserie"

07.00pm to 09.00pm : 1st qualifying practice sessions "24 Heures du Mans" (1st part)

10.00pm to 12.00pm : 1st qualifying practice sessions "24 Heures du Mans" (2nd part)

[Thursday, June 13] :

05.40pm : Practice session "Formule France Euroserie"

07.00pm to 09.00pm : 2nd qualifying practice sessions "24 Heures du Mans" (1st part)

10.00pm to 12.00pm : 2nd qualifying practice sessions "24 Heures du Mans" (2nd part)

[Friday, June 14] :

10.00am to 08H00pm : Pit Walk

06.00pm to 07.00pm : Driver's parade (city centre)

[Saturday, June 15]

09.00am to 09.45 : Warm-Up "24 Heures du Mans"

09.40am : Pre-grid "Formule France Euroserie"

10.00am to 10.45am : "Formule France Euroserie" Race

12.15pm to 12.45pm : Motoring Cavalcades

12.45pm to 01.30pm : Ear of corn positionning "24 Heures du Mans"

01.30pm to 02.45pm : Driver's presentation

03.22pm : Beginning of starting procedure "24 Heures du Mans"

04.00pm : Start of the 70th race of the "24 Heures du Mans"

[Sunday, June 16]

04.00pm : Arrival of the 70th race of the "24 Heures du Mans" - Awards on the podium

- Bob Akin (USA) died Monday, april 29th from injuries after a crash during testing on an historic car race, he piloted a Nissan GTP ZW Turbo on Road Atlanta Track. He was 66 year old and was pilot in Le Mans for 6 races. From 1978 to 1982, he drove 935 Porsche and did nor finished the race, then he came back in 1984 on 956 Porsche and finished 4th.

- You can find complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.autosport.com ] ; [http://www.motorsport.com/ ]

 

My site :

- 4037 visits in april on my site.

- 4 new pages created on 2002 Le Mans 24 Hrs Preliminary session : 3 pages with 156 photos (with 9 photos sent by Sylvain Rousseau, 22 by Stéphane Lusteau and 6 by Antonio Borga) and one page with results (times, laps by pilot and by car, full results sent by Bernard Brothier, his site : http://www.ifrance.com/Brothier/ ).

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n 7) summary added on part "documents"

- New site in links pages : [http://www.motorracing-archive.com/]

- Last forum themes are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- ACO Informations (official site www.lemans.org ) : <<Order your tickets on the Internet. You can order on our website the last remaining tickets for the "24 Hours of Le Mans".
Notice : Only "general enclosures" tickets are still available. No more car park tickets are available. Once ordered, your tickets must be taken from the ACO General Office.>>

 

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Newsletter - n 5 - Apr 2002

21/04/2002

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

- Next appointment for Le Mans 24 Hrs preliminary session :

Technical and administrative scruteneering on friday 3rd may from 10h00 to 18h00 and saturday 4th may from 09h00 to 15h00

Practice on Sunday 5th may from 09h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00

- Olive Garden Rafanelli Team renounced with n 57 Maranello 550 ferrari for Le Mans 24 Hrs. This forfeit allowed to n 27 MG to be present in entry list. Next first car on reserve entry list is the Maranello Ferrari from Prodrive Team.

- Panoz Mugen from MBD Sportscars will be driven at Le Mans by Milka Duno (VZ), Didier De Radigues (B) and John Graham (CAN). The second car which was on reserve entry list, was retired.

- Pilots for n 81 GT3 RS Porsche from The Racer's Group Team will be : Kevin Buckler (USA) owner of the team, Lucas Luhr (D) and Timo Bernhard (D)

- Ukyo Katayama (J) has joined Pescarolo Sport Team to pilot a C60 Courage Peugeot with Eric Hélary (F) and Stéphane Ortelli (F). The second car will be driven by Jean-Christophe Boullion (F), Sébastien Bourdais (F) and Franck Lagorce (F)

- The contract for Michel Vaillant movie was signed with the ACO. Some works are in progress for the built of 2 new pits. The Team DAMS car concerned by the movie, are a Lola for the Vaillante, driven by Michel Neugarten (B), Saascha Maassen (D) and Philippe Gache (F); and a Panoz for the Leader, driven by Perry Mc Carthy (GB), Marc Duez (B) and Jérôme Policand (F)

- You can find these complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.autosport.com ]

 

My site :

- 3043 visits in march on my site.

- Changes on 24H 1988 page with full results and 18 new photos sent by Steve Webb, site [ www.webbsteve.co.uk ], and 9 new scanned photos.

- New page on 12H de Sebring, photos sent by Tim H.B. from site [http://www.vectortrust.com/photos@vectorTrust/index.html], also results.

- Last forum themes are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- "Les Journées Bleues" will happened the 11 and 12 may on Le Mans Bugatti track. Meeting of Le Mans 24 hrs french cars, organized by ACO and "Rotary Club Le Mans Bérengère". Nearly 600 cars. Homage for Amilcar, CD, Matra ... . Touristical rallye for collection cars before 1975, on saturday 11th may in the south of Sarthe Department. Some historical french cars will run on Bugatti track on sunday 12th may.

- New address for Jean Eric Descombes' site, "La page des Sports mécaniques" : [www.sportmeca.com ]

 

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Newsletter - n 4 - Mar 2002

24/03/2002

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

- The ACO has just revealed the list of competitors accepted for the Le Mans 24 Hrs race. ACO has received 96 form (44 Prototypes and 52 GT). See the list on official site : http://www.lemans.org/course/aco2002tmp/aco2002tmp/articles/fiche_articles_313.shtml .

LMP900 : 4 Audi, 1 Riley&Scott, 2 Cadillac, 2 Dome, 3 Panoz + 1 reserve, 3 Courage, 2 Oreca Dallara, 1 Ascari.

LMGTP : 1 Bentley.

LMP675 : 1 Autoexe, 1 WR, 2 MG + 1 reserve, 2 Reynard

LMGTS : 4 Viper, 2 Ferrari Maranello + 1 reserve, 2 Corvette, 3 Saleen

LMGT : 3 Ferrari Modena, 7 Porsche GT3 + 3 reserve, 1 Morgan, 1 Spyker

In LMP900 categorie, also, the Panoz and Lola Judd of DAMS Team to act the part of the Leader and the Vaillante car for the Luc Besson movie on Michel Vaillant during the race.

The reserve cars should run during preliminary session on 5. In case of any renunciation of a titular car, the order of reserve cars given by the ACO will be applied.

- A Courage C 60 JX of Courage Compétition Team was selected for Le Mans 24 Hrs. The pilots will be Boris Derichebourg (F), Didier Cottaz (F) and maybe Thed Bjork (SW) or Nicolas Minassian (F) who have already tested the car.

- Stephane Ortelli (F) has joined Pescarolo Sport Team.

- Kristian Kolby (DK) has signed for Ascari Team for Le Mans.

- David Donohue (USA) replace Terry Borcheller on Panoz Motor Sports Team because of his size, in the Panoz cockpit, he couldn't drive confortably. The Team pilots will be David Donohue (USA), Bill Auberlen (USA), Bryan Herta (USA), Eric Van De Poele (B), Jan Magnussen (DK), David Brabham (AUS).

- The Spyker Automobielen BV Team has announced Hans Hugenholz (NL), Norman Simon, Peter Kox (NL) as pilot on their Spyker C8 Double 12R for Le Mans.

- The Dick Barbour Racing Team will be renamed as MBD Sportscar Team with Panoz cars Mugen Honda powered.

- Audi factory will be at Le Mans with 3 official cars, one with Audi Sport North American Team and two with Audi Sport Team Joest. The three new pilots of the team will be Michael Krumm (D), Marco Werner (D) and Philipp Peter (AUS).

There will be also one private Audi with japoneese Team Goh International. Pilots are Hiroki Katoh (J), Seiji Ara (J) and Yannick Dalmas (F).

- Luc Alphand (F), Olivier Thevenin (F) and Christian Lavieille (F) (also motorbike pilot) are announced on GT3 Porsche car of Luc Alphand Adventures Team.

- The Audi R8 of Audi Sport North America Team with Johnny Herbert (GB), Rinaldo Capello (I) and Christian Pescatori (I) won Sebring 12 Hrs.

- You can find these complete news on : [www.club-arnage.com/] , [www.theracesite.com ] [www.autosport.com ]

 

My site :

- 2604 visits in february on my site.

- 5 new sites in links pages : [www.project-lemans.de/ ] , [www.webbsteve.co.uk ] , [www.lemans.be.tf ] , [www.motorsport.com/ ] , [ www.autoracingdaily.com/ ]

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n 6) summary added on part "documents"

- New page with books in "documents" part of the site.

- New page on Daytona 24 Hrs, photos sent by Tim H.B. from site [http://www.vectortrust.com/photos@vectorTrust/index.html], also results.

- Last forum theme in english : [Camping around Le Mans ?]. This forum is in french but you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- New site in english dedicated to Porsche 993 and competitions versions of 996 : www.webbsteve.co.uk by Steve Webb. History, chassis number and photos of GT2 and GT3 Porsche.

- A new book has been published on Bizzarrini by Jack Koobs De Hartog, Rodolphe De Biolley and Philippe Olczyk. "The man, his projects, his cars". History chassis by chassis of each car. (see "documents" part of my site for more infos)

- New books on Porsche 904, Osca and Alfa TZ & 33 are in preparation for 2002. If you own some infos on these cars, photos..., contact Bob on site www.classicscars.com

- New site in dutch on Le Mans 24 Hrs: www.lemans.be.tf by Jochen Heyligen.

 

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Newsletter - n 3 - Feb 2002

28/02/2002

 

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

 - Ferrari back to Le mans with 2 Ferrari 550 Maranello of the Team Prodrive, 2 pilotes announced for the moment : Alain Menu (CH) and Rickard Rydell SW). Also, probably 1 or 2 Ferrari 360 Modena with Team JMB.

- Bentley with only one EXP Speed 8 for Le Mans. Pilots will be Andy Wallace (GB), Butch Leizinger (USA) and Eric Van De Poele (B).

- Sebring 12 hrs will occured on 16th march 2002.

- New pilots for new Cadillac Northstar LMP02 : J.J. Lehto (FIN) and Christophe Tinseau (F). For Sebring, pilots will be Bernard / Collard / Lehto and Tinseau / Taylor / Angelelli.

- Ascari with 2 KZR1 Judd for Sebring. Pilots will be : T.J. Bell (USA) / Werner Lupberger (AfSud) and Ben Collins (GB) / Christian Vann (GB).

- Johnny Kane will pilot a KnightHawk Racing MG Lola for Sebring with team' owners : Steven Knight (USA) and Mel Hawkins (USA).

- Larbre Competition Team with 2 Chrysler Viper GTS R in GT FIA championship, and probably at Le Mans. Pilots will be Christophe Bouchut (F) / David Terrien (F) and Vincent Vosse (B) / Carl Rosenblad (SW).

- Milka Duno (VZ) with Dick Barbour Racing Team on Panoz Mugen LMP07.

- New Panoz Motorsports pilots on new Panoz Roadster LMP S 2002 : Terry Borcheller (USA), Brian Herta and Gunnar Jeanette (USA) with David Brabham (AUS) and Jan Magnussen (DK).

- Doran Lista Racing Dallara LMP Judd with Didier Theys (B) / Freddy Lienhard (CH) /Max Papis (I) / Mauro Baldi (I) won Daytona 24 Hrs.

- Goh team with a private Audi R8 for Le Mans. Japoneese pilots will be Seiji Ara (J) and Hiroki Katoh (J).

- Yojiro Terada with a WR named Autoexe Mazda rotor motor.

- There is a film project on Michel Vaillant for next Le Mans 24 hrs. Realisator will be Luc Besson.

- The first "Le Mans Classic" will occured on 21 and 22 september. During 24 Hrs on large circuit, with 300 cars, there will be several races with cars of different periods.

You can fully find these news on : [ http://www.maisonblanche.co.uk/ ] [ www.dailysportscar.com ] [www.theracesite.com ] [www.autosport.com ]

 

My site :

 - 2296 visits during february on my site.

- New navigation bar will be placed gradually at the bottom of each site page.

- 5 new sites on le Mans 24Hrs : [ www.lemans-racing.com ] , [www.dailysportscar.com] , [ www.pied-au-plancher.fr.st ] , [www.btinternet.com/~malcolm.mitchell/lemans.html ] , [ http://racingsportscars.hyperlinx.cz/ ] and 1 new various site : [vitrinesminiatures.ifrance.com/vitrinesminiatures/ ]

- New Le Mans Racing magazine (n5) summary added on part "documents"

- New page expected in few days (weeks maybe) with Daytona 24 Hrs photos, supplied by Tim H.B. of [http://www.vectortrust.com/photos@vectorTrust/index.html]

- Last forum themes are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you wish.

 

Advertises :

- New site dedicated to sportscar racing : Racing Sports Cars (RSC) http://racingsportscars.hyperlinx.cz. You can find there some information about cars from various sportscar races around the world but especially a lot of photos not only from current seasons but also from the past. The site has officially started on 1st February 2002

 

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Newsletter - n 2 - Jan 2002

16/01/2002

 

In order to respect the job done by my friends webmasters of Le Mans sites, some links are present on this newsletter to redirect you to their sites where these whole informations can be read. My site is more specialised in Le Mans historic ant to keep up this passion than on current events.

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

 - Dick Barbour should come to Le Mans with 2 Panoz (LMP900 Group) with Mugen motor, De Radigues and Graham like pilots.

- 4 of 6 Pescarolo Sports pilots will be Hélary, boullion, Bourdais and Lagorce.

- In march, Bentley will have a new 100% Bentley motor. Pilots would be Wallace, Leitzinger, Van De Poele and Smith.

- The 6 Audi Pilots for Le Mans would be Kristensen, Biela, Pirro, Capello, Herbert and Pescatori.

- Lindsay International Sports Ltd should engaged one Lindsay P1 with Rob Wilson and Peter Hannen for Le Mans 24 Hrs

- The new Cadillac Northstar LMP02 should raced at Le Mans with Taylor, Angelelli, Bernard and Collard.

- Corvette pilots for Le Mans should be : Gavin, Fréon, Fellows, O'Connell, Pilgrim and Collins

- The Le Mans motor-bike 24 Hrs will occured on the 13 and 14 of april.

- The Daytona 24 Hrs will occured on the 2 and 3 of february.

You can fully find these news on Maison Blanche site [ http://www.maisonblanche.co.uk/ ] and the new site : [ www.dailysportscar.com ]

 

My site :

 - 1574 visits in december, so for 18 786 visits for whole 2001 year on my site.

- A new Works page was created in documents part with works on Le Mans circuit. 4 new Samuel Frémiot photos and 4 new Maxime Jamaux photos

- 4 new Ferrari F355 photos at 1995 preliminary practice added.

- A new moving_pictures page was created in documents part with 6 animated Gif.

- 3 new Le Mans sites and 3 various sites added on my links pages. New address and new design for GL24H site : [ www.gl24h.fr.st/ ]

- Last forum themes are in french, you can add a new subject in english if you want.

 

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Newsletter - n 1 - Dec 2001

13/12/2001

 

I welcome all Le Mans fans who subscribed to my mailing liste. I wish to send once a month a newsletter on Le Mans 24 Hrs and on my site life, and occasionally when there is an important information on Le Mans Race

Le Mans 24 Hrs :

  - The 2002 ACO specifications are on line on the official site lemans.org. 2002 table of events : last entry form must be received on 22/02/2002, publication at the end of march of entry list (48 cars) and reserve car (6), preliminary session on the 5/05/2002, race the 15 and 16 of june.

- Audi, Bentley and Yves Courage who will be back, has confirmed their presence for Le Mans 2002 24 Hrs race.

- Mike Colucci was injured in a testing crash at Sebring International Raceway on a Porsche

- Works on Le Mans circuit just before "S" de la Forêt (or Tertre Rouge). There will be a new left/right curve just before it.

- Peugeot will be one year more in association with Pescarolo Sport Team. André De Cortanze joined this team.

- You can fully find these news on Maison Blanche site ( http://www.maisonblanche.co.uk/ )

 

My site :

 - 1184 visits in november 2001 on my site.

- New page on the french magazine "Le Mans Racing" access on index page.

- New forum created on Le Mans 24Hrs (messages, questions, informations, advertises, search) access on index page.

- 8 new photos sent by Bertrand David on Le Mans 1999

- 2 new photos sent by Bertrand David on Le Mans 2000

- Photos of winners pilots, access on page "vainqueurs" on section "archives".

- 16 new sites on Le Mans 24Hrs and 2 others sites added in links pages.

 

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