With the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix out of the way, all eyes turned to the ‘Race of the century’. The 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the greatest endurance races in the world, was turning 100. And like every fan who came down to Circuit de la Sarthe, we were keen to celebrate the milestone in style. One of the defining features of the race is its unique format. Unlike most other endurance races, which are run for a set distance or number of laps, Le Mans is a true test of longevity. Drivers and teams must balance speed with reliability, as they push their cars to the limit for a full 24 hours. This makes for a grueling and often unpredictable race, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
How does a great team like Porsche Penske Motorsport prepare for such a challenge? Well, The Edge got a very special tour of the team garage with TAG Heuer ambassador Patrick Dempsey. With help from some of the Porsche Penske Motorsport crew, Dempsey took us behind the scenes so we could get a taste of what it’s like to keep a team ticking during a long and challenging weekend at Le Mans. Urs Kuratle, Director of Factory Racing, sat down with The Edge podcast to discuss the development of Porsche’s endurance racing car, the 963. That’s not all. We explored the world of Esports with Joshua Rogers, Porsche Works Driver and winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual 2020. Joshua shared his thoughts on how motorsport could bridge the gap between ‘real’ racing and sim racing. And finally, former FIA World Endurance Champion Marc Lieb recalled the moment that jump started his incredible career and gave us a sense of what makes Le Mans so special.
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