Well Le Mans was never going to be a race I was going to try and predict and my decision not to do my usual trick of popping over to Paul's to watch it on Eurosport via a Sky dish was an even harder call. My decision was based on the ACO (organisers of Le Mans) to put more effort into their web based broadcasting and a rather smart app. I was not disappointed, the app was fantastic, you could choose from several cars (mostly LMP1 and sadly not many GT cars etc) and watch on board footage live, no adverts, no commentators just the sound of engines, braking, gearchanges etc. I was worried when it came to the night section of the race I wouldn't see much from the cockpit....WRONG. It did show some curiosities in how the different LMP1 cars used headlights, for example the Toyota's lights were almost dim, normal car like, the Audi's when in a straight line cast a 180 degree view (lucky Audi drivers) and the Porsche's were also very bright. It was odd to see the 919's when they went down the straights they were vibrating and bouncing like mad, I think this might have been the cause to their retirements...something literally shaking loose...perhaps? Watching the LMP1 cars closing in on the slower cars was scary at night time, proper driving. I also found it odd that given what the Red Bull owner said about Mark Webber last year in F1 Mark still had the drinks company logo splashed all over his helmet!
Like I said it was a shame the app didn't have more GT cars to choose from as there was a fantastic battle during the night with Bruno Senna which sent me back to watching the "net" TV coverage/streaming and a brilliant job of streaming they did too....in my opinion better then shelling money out to the Murdoch empire for sure.
The start of the race was brilliant with rain make an exciting 4-5 hours. My driver of the race has to go to Oliver Turvey who won the LMP2 class, this is a man who is contracted to Mclaren as a test/simulator driver whose team faced money struggles and pulled out and even as late as Thursday didn't even have a race seat!!! My second place driver goes to Fabian Barthez, yes he who fumbled his way between the posts for Manchester United, and finsihed 27th, and at least he handled his steering wheel better then he did the ball for United. It was looking like a Toyota win but early in the morning the lead car had it. It then looked like we were in for a battle to the end with Porsche and Audio a great weekend for the V.A.G however Webber car lost all power, I was watching on board at the time and it sounded like a turbo failure I could be wrong. STILL given it was Porsche first visit to Le Mans they didn't do too bad...roll on 2015.
I think a 2015 visit to Le Mans is on the cards....if only I could find a camper van to hijack for the weekend......
It was encouraging to see new nest building activity and some mating activity...second broods hopefully.
A rather short post as I am struggling to keep my eyes open (that's Le Mans lag for you) I hope you all had a good weekend.