Danish racing driver Allan Simonsen died earlier today after a crash at the 81st 24 Hours of Le Mans, shortly after his No. 95 Aston Martin spun off the track. He was 34 with this being his seventh time participating in the race. Aston Martin has blacked out their site with this statement:
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race and the 10th anniversary of the British brand’s victory there in 2003, Bentley has announced limited edition models of the Mulsanne and Continental models. Six specs have been created to celebrate each of the six Bentley Boys who have won the race over the years. 48 examples of each ‘Le Mans Limited Edition’ model are being produced. Each car will have a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colours.
Continental GT models will be available in the second quarter of 2013 with Mulsanne Le Mans Edition models available beginning in the third quarter. Bentley has also created a microsite to drop all the details around these limited edition beauties while also shedding more light on the brand’s history at Le Mans.
Earlier this week, custom clothier Seize sur Vingt hosted the American Le Mans Series Teams at their Greene Street boutique in celebration of the Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock. The folks brought along their cars as well with a full-on takeover of the block. In attendance were Extreme Speed Motorsports, Genoa Racing and 12 year old go-kart champ Santino Ferrucci. A Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California, Ford GT, Aston Martin DB4 and a white on white 1987 Turbo Esprit Lotus were also brought to the scene.
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in France was one of the most exciting to date as Audi Sport Team earned their first pole position in five years and eventually took home the win as well. Audi Sport Team Joest’s Benoît Tréluyer earned Audi their first pole position in five years while the team’s sister car locked out the front row. Early accidents eliminated two of Audi’s three entries, but the sole remaining Audi R18 TDI of Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler, and André Lotterer held off the trio of Peugeot 908s to claim victory by a margin of 13.8 seconds.
Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan won the LMP2 category, Corvette Racing secured the GTE Pro class victory, and Larbre Compétition claimed a one-two finish in the GTE Am category with Corvette and Porsche.
Somehow, a Google Street View car hopped on to the Laguna Seca Racetrack and captured the entire track, along with some Le Mans cars that were floating around the track as well. Is it me or those two speedsters behind the Street View car kept a pretty solid side-by-side distance?
Give it a scope after the jump. (more…)
Audi’s announced that it will enter the Audi R8 LMS into the 24-hour Nurburgring race which is scheduled for May 23rd. The Audi R8 LMS will be raced by four different teams from ABT Sportsline and Phoenix Racing with two cars each.
The R8 LMS packs over 500 horses and has completed two test-races as a part of the BFGoodrich Endurance Championship on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. The R8 LMS will go through another test-race on May 2nd before the 14 drivers take on the 24-Hour Nurburgring Race.
More images after the jump. (more…)