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Audi: A lap at Le Mans with Tom Kristensen

Le Mans

Great description here of a lap at Le Mans by nobody less than Tom Kristensen. A must read!

Every part of the circuit has its own special character. It starts with the Dunlop chicane which we brake into from about 300 km/h and where we run over the curbs on the left and right. Through the famous Dunlop bend we run on a pretty steep downhill stretch to ‘Esses’ and from there to Tertre Rouge. This is a very nice, fluid and aggressive sector that provides a lot of grip but has some bumps as well, which makes it a little tricky.

It’s also a very special passage with a corner dropping toward the outside behind a hilltop. On the inside you can drive over the curbs with unweighted wheels but you should avoid the curbs on the outside because they’re not good for the car.

At the exit of Tertre Rouge it’s important to take a lot of speed into the first part of the Hunaudières straight. I usually drive on the right-hand side of the track and only switch to the left about halfway through the straight. Because of the many ruts in the road there are just a few places on the straight where you can change sides without bottoming.