A round up of Le Mans 2015
There was a lot of hype in the lead up to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race with even more set for next year as Ford announces its return for 2016. Before looking to the future, this year’s event saw plenty of highs and lows with high-action that kept the huge crowd entertained throughout the endurance race.
Those who regularly peak in the window of Ford car dealers in Hampshire will undoubtedly already be aware that Ford intends to make its return to Le Mans next year and give Porsche, who secured a 17th victory this weekend, a run for their money. In a press conference on Friday, Ford announced that two Ford GT’s will be entered at Le Mans 2016 as well as entering into the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in Tudor United Sportscar, with the Chip Ganassi Racing outfit.
Team boss Chip Ganassi said, “When presented the opportunity to compete with the all-new Ford GT on the world's biggest sportscar stage, and on the 50th anniversary of one of the most storied victories in racing history, how could any race team not want to be part of that?”
A win for Hulkenberg
No doubt Ford will be analysing the outcome of this year’s Le Mans race, an event that tests a team’s ability to race for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage, where F1’s Nico Hulkenberg secured a win for Porsche alongside his teammates Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy. Hulkenberg, who races for Force India in F1, took part in the race between commitments and has achieved the status as the first active F1 driver to secure a win at Le Mans since Johnny Herbert and Bertrand Gachot in 1991.
The race is arguably the most famous in the world being the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, having taken place annually since 1923 near Le Mans in France. Also competing was former Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who quit F1 in 2013. Webber was also driving for Porsche and said that on the day the Hulkenberg and team deserved to win.
The event saw an audience of 263,500 spectators but who can predict how many more from Ford car sales in Poole will be looking to attend next year to see Ford’s hotly anticipated return?
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