FIA WEC: 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans Gallery

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The Circuit de la Sarthe hosted the 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans race last weekend. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media

The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans was another example of the ultimate test between man and machine.

As ever, the event produced some great access for fans and the media.

So with that in mind, here are some photos from the 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Paddock Day

A day before the race, the ACO held a paddock day and allowed fans to get up close to their favourite cars.

And with over 300,000 fans from attending the race annually in recent years, there was a lot to see.

The famous Rolex timer before the start of the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The Paddock Day saw the pit lane full of adorning fans from around the world. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Mechanics get to work on the No.23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217-Gibson. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Kessel Racing’s No.83 Ferrari 488 GTE is pushed down the pit lane for scrutineering. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.77 Porsche 911 RSR of Dempsey-Proton Racing sits in the garage as fans look on. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Various bodywork from the cars was left out on display. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Kessel Racing’s Michelle Gatting came out to talk in the pit lane. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
FIA World Endurance Championship mascot WEC Man poses with some fans. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Skid marks on the outside of the Dunlop Chicane shows how easily drivers can make mistakes in such a gruelling race. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Fans were allowed to walk up to the Dunlop Bridge during the Paddock Day. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media

The Road to Le Mans

Fans were also granted access to the pit areas of the Road to Le Mans series.

Established in 2016, the support series plays host to cars from the LMP3 and GT3 categories respectively.

For 2019, the support race held two 55-minute races over the course of the weekend. Graff won the first race, while DKR Engineering claimed victory in race two.

The Nissan V8 engines used in the LMP3 class produce around 420 bhp. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The Grainmarket Racing LMP3 shows minor signs of wear and tear. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A trio of LMP3 cars are readied for the second Road to Le Mans race. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
RLR Motorsport mechanics focus on setting up the team’s LMP3 car. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A set of Michelin tyres showcase the pickup experienced at the Circuit de la Sarthe. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Mechanics of Scuderia Villorba Corse work on the No.7 Mercedes AMG GT3. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The Save the Rain Campaign sponsored one of the LMP3 team for the 2019 Road to Le Mans. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media

Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli

Essaar Motorsport were also granted exclusive access to the pit area of the Ferrari Challenge Europa Trofeo Pirelli Series.

The Ferrari Challenge uses the Ferrari 488 GTE and serves as part of its Corse Clienti programme.

The contest saw Adam Carroll take the win, ahead of Pole sitter and championship leader Louis Prette.

The paddock area for the Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli Series at Le Mans. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The famous ferris wheel overlooks the paddock for the Ferrari Challenge. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The twin-turbo, Ferrari V8 engines produce around 490 bhp. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media

 

The cockpit of a Ferrari 488 GTE. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The FF Corse Ferrari sits in the garage. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The livery on the No.190 Rossocorsa Racing Ferrari was popular amongst the fans. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A mechanic works on the rear brakes of a Ferrari 488 GTE. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Rossocorsa Racing mechanics turn their attention to activity across the Ferrari Challenge paddock. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media

Drivers Parade

Before the race got underway, the team and drivers made their way to the city centre for the traditional drivers parade.

Here are some of the highlights from the event.

The Rebellion Flag made an appearance during the Le Mans Drivers Parade. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Rebellion’s Neel Jani and André Lotterer look towards the fans in attendance. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Nathanaël Berthon helped the No.3 Rebellion to fifth place in the race. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Gustavo Menezes said he “put his heart and soul” into this year’s Le Mans for Rebellion. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Chevrolet Racing’s Oliver Gavin salutes the crowd in Le Mans. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Vitaly Petrov shares a joke with Russian compatriot Mikhali Aleshin. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Stoffel Vandoorne and Vitaly Petrov reach into the goody bags, while Mikhali Aleshin looks on. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi throw flyers into the crowd. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso and Sébastien Buemi laugh amongst each other before the race. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media

2019 24 Hours of Le Mans

There were contrasting emotions amongst Toyota, after the No.7 car was forced to make two late pit stops.

Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez had led most of the race, only to lose it with 90 minutes left.

This effectively handed the win to the No.8 car of Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.

In LMP2, Signatech Alpine claimed its second win in as many years, while AF Corse also triumphed in GTE Pro.

Additionally, Team Project were promoted to first in GT AM after Keating Motorsport’s disqualification.

The planes sprays the French Tricolore in the sky to signal the start of the race. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Fans watch the race begin to unfold at the Porsche Curves. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.97 Aston Martin Vantage was unable to challenge for the win in GTE Pro. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A heavy crash for the No.49 ARC Bratislava ended its LMP2 chances on Lap 160. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid exits the famous Dunlop Bridge. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A three-minute penalty would ultimately prevent the No.3 Rebellion from finishing on the podium. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A Danish flag flies proudly as fans make their way to the main grandstand. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Fans watch the action unfold from the BMW Hospitality stand. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The Circuit de la Sarthe eases into the night. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A spin for Jan Magnussen at the Porsche Curves would prove costly for the No.63 Corvette. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.31 DragonSpeed Oreca crashed after 245 laps and failed to finish. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE en route to victory in the GT Pro class. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Cetilar Racing Villobra Corse finished 13th in the LMP2 category, and 18th overall. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
A long train of cars makes its way down the pit straight. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.25 Pro Algarve Racing Oreca 07 on the approach to the Ford Chicane. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.67 Ford GT put up a great fight in GTE Pro and finished fourth. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The No.98 Aston Martin was the final appearance for the original Vantage GTE. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The two Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GTEs enter the Ford Chicane. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The night shift saw a lot of activity occur in the pit garages. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The GTs pass through the Dunlop Curves. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
The Dunlop Curves at Night. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Track marshals watch the cars race towards Terta Rouge. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media
Two late pit stops cost the No.7 Toyota a well deserved victory. © Aaron Lloyd Collins Media

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