Audi seeks to defend its 2012 Le Mans 24 victory over Toyota, while Ferrari which won GTE-Pro in 2012, follows four Aston Martins on the GT grid this year. Last year’s P2 winner Starworks has not returned, and 2012 GTE-Am winners Larbre Corvette are off the pace. But absolutely anything can happen in 24 hours of racing.
The 90th running of the Le Mans 24, the world’s best-known and most prestigious endurance race, starts at 3 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET) time Saturday, June 22.
Epoch Times will be tracking the race, posting updates and images, and generally keeping ET readers up-to-date on the action with this live blog. Coverage starts at 8:30 a.m.
The 2013 event is the second Le Mans battle between Audi and Toyota, and the German manufacturer seems to have the edge in speed—Audis have captured the top three grid positions, with the pole-sitting #2 Audi qualifying at 3:22:349, 3.817 seconds quicker than the fastest Toyota.
In P2 the #24 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan qualified almost two seconds quicker than the Jota Zytek-Nissan, but almost any of the 22 P2 entries has a decent shot at a class win.
Aston Martin Racing took the top two spots in GTE-Pro with the #99 and #97 Vantages, followed by the #92 Manthey Porsche. Next on the grid lies another Aston, the GTE-Am leading #95 Vantage.
The quickest Ferrari, the #71 AF Corse 458, is fourth in class, following the GTE-Am Aston. The normally Speedy Corvette Racing C6s lie sixth and tenth in class.