A great battle between Jaime Melo's #82 Ferrari and Oliver Gavin's #64 Corvette broke out at the end of Hour 8 with the GT2 lead changing back and forth several times. Just following these laps, the Risi Ferrari went to the pits for an extended stop due to a gear box issue.
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Anthony Davidson, Peugeot driver, discusses his run-in with the C6.R
Corvette at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Porsche Curve. Video
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Ford Takes On Ferrari and Wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Henry Ford II wanted to beat Ferrari in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le
Mans, so he made it a priority to show the world what his American company
could achieve on a global stage. Ford not only won the 24 Hours of Le Man
in 1966, but '67, '68 and '69 as well. This video looks back at that era
with Edsel B. Ford II, Dan Gurney and Mose Nowland.
This Ferrari 512 M Changed the Racing World Forever
When the Sunoco Ferrari 512 M first appeared at Daytona in 1971 it was a
revelation. Manned by a dream team that included owner Roger Penske, chief
mechanic John “Woody” Woodard, and drivers Mark Donohue and David
Hobbs, the car combined Ferrari’s pedigree with Penske’s legendary
attention to detail in everything from his crew’s uniforms to the
polished wheels. Slated to run at Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans, and Watkins
Glen, this 512 M was the odds-on favorite every time the Penske team rolled
it onto the starting grid.
In a historic run of bum luck, however, the car never won a single race.
Debuting at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Donohue put the 512 M on the pole.
Just before midnight, however, Vic Elford blew a tire on his Porsche 917
and in the ensuing slowdown, Charles Perry and his 911S ran into Donohue
and the 512 M. The Penske crew taped and patched up the car as best they
could and watched Donohue and Hobbs fight their way back to a third place
Next up was the 12 Hours of Sebring, where the 512 M was once again on the
pole. In the fourth hour of the race, away from photographers’ cameras,
Pedro Rodriguez, driving a Porsche 917, rammed Donohue multiple times,
sending the Ferrari into the pits for repairs. Once again, the pit crew
managed to get the car back on the track, where it finished sixth.
Shipped to France for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Ferrari 512 M was
considered an underdog against the long-tailed Porsche 917s, which had a
speed advantage over the Ferrari. Alas, the Sunoco team barely got a chance
to prove itself: the 512 M retired with engine failure on Saturday evening.
Finally, it was back to the United States for the Watkins Glen 6 hours.
Donohue was leading in the 54th lap when a broken steering knuckle sent him
into the pits and out of the race. The Penske team came back the next day
to run the car in the Watkins Glen Can Am race but the car’s original
racing days were over.
Despite its misfortunes on the track, the Sunoco Ferrari 512 M and the team
that ran it remain among the most important racing stories of the 1970s. At
a time when racing teams paid little attention to “spit and polish,”
Roger Penske demanded that his cars and his teams be precise, disciplined,
and spotless. Remove bad luck from the equation and this insistence on
excellence would’ve paid off. As it is, it still changed the world of
motorsports, as other teams quickly realized that they would have to change
their own operations if they hoped to compete successfully in the long
TRUTH IN 24 II - Every Second Counts
The Le Mans 24 Hours are a legend. They are mentioned in the same breath as
the Rallye Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.
Since 1923, hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts have been
flocking to La Sarthe year by year to experience the one-day race. To watch
the protagonists in their sports cars battle for each place and each meter
of tarmac with bated breath. The drivers cover 4,800 kilometers in 24 hours
- almost as many as the Formula One racers in a whole year. Every Le Mans
winner has gone down in history. The three Audi drivers Andr‚Äö
Lotterer, Beno≈ít Tr‚Äöluyer and Marcel F‚Äûssler did so in a
special way with the triumph they achieved in 2011. The film TRUTH IN 24 II
documents the tenth and arguably most emotional triumph of the brand with
the four rings at this sports car classic. After two Audi R18 TDI cars have
retired following spectacular accidents, the remaining Audi fights a
dramatic battle for overall victory with the three Peugeot 908 cars ? which
the Audi trio ultimately decides in its favor with a narrow margin of 13
seconds. The film captures the entire drama of the fourth-narrowest running
of the Le Mans 24 Hours ? with intimate insights into the team of Audi
Sport and breath-taking pictures.
Follow the link to read more about Le Mans: http://audi.us/PixOng