It is the greatest single prize in endurance racing: The 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 85th running of the famous “Grand Prix of Endurance”, Le Mans will call 60 teams, representing four classes of cars, and 180 drivers of all skill levels and walks of life to take on its daunting challenge. It is one of the three recognized legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, with the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.
A Le Mans victory can make a car and its pilots into immortals for all time, and it can literally dictate the future success of a proud auto maker. For the hundreds of thousands of spectators in attendance, it is more than just a race – it is an experience like no other. For the teams, the drivers, the manufacturers alike, it is the one race that stands out above all others.
They have summoned the best of the best to compete at Le Mans this year. Our focus is on the ten individuals in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans who have competed in the Autobacs Super GT Series. And to do that, we’ve enlisted the help of a friend and colleague who has been at Le Mans for testing, and the opening rounds of both the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series – deputy editor of DailySportsCar, and contributor to RACER Magazine, Stephen Kilbey.