The long weekend of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has begun. The program of the most anticipated race of Season 9 of the FIA World Endurance Championship comes alive with the first free practice that will see more than 62 participants engaged on the track.
For the occasion, thirteen Ferrari 488 GTEs will try to bring success back to Maranello in the LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am classes, in a milestone for the assignment of titles thanks to the double points up for grabs. Ferrari is at the top of the constructors’ standings and just two points behind the leaders among the Pro drivers, while Cetilar Racing and its crew are at the top of the Am standings.
It will be the president of Ferrari, John Elkann, to kick off the oldest and most prestigious endurance race. Fifty-two years ago the lawyer Gianni Agnelli waved the flag starting the 1969 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the last with the classic start. The first free practice and qualifying session is scheduled for today on the French circuit, followed by the second night free practice session. Tomorrow, the third free practice session will be followed by the Hyperpole which from 21-21.30 will see the best six crews of each class fight for pole and establish the definitive starting grid. The day will end with the fourth night free. On Saturday morning, final touches for the cars in the warm-up before the start of the race at 4 pm, with the checkered flag at the same time on Sunday