Loc: Saint-Denis, Paris, France
Start (& pre-start)...from an amateurs perspective:
Final 1/4 heure:
In the final Rolex 24 for Continental Tires as the supplier for the Prototype and GT Daytona classes, it was a disappointing showing with a startling number of tire failures, which often included damaged bodywork as the affected cars limped back to the pits with a flailing, deflated tire. Blown tires halted the race for the defending champion car, the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Cadillac, after one failure damaged not only the right rear bodywork, but a radiator, requiring a lengthy period in the garage for repairs. The No. 10 finished 45th, especially distressing as new driver Renger van der Zande qualified the car on the pole, and led easily in the early stages of the event. Continental spokespeople said the tire construction is approximately the same as it has been every year, and they seemed puzzled at the number of failures. Michelin supplies the tires for the GT Le Mans class, and will supply the entire field next season.
In the GT Le Mans class, the two Chip Ganassi Ford GTs were absolutely dominant, and had other competitors grousing that the Fords seemed much faster than they were at the pre-event Roar Before the 24 event. Taking the win was the No. 67 car of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and IndyCar champ Scott Dixon, 11 seconds ahead of the No. 66 of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and another IndyCar star, Sebastien Bourdais.
The two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs were third and fourth. The fastest laps of the Ford GTs and Corvettes showed the Chevrolets running about a half-second slower.