Well, I finally found a moment to tell you about my trip to Le Mans 24 Hours since my return. There is much to tell about this beautiful experience, but I’ll try to not make it too long.
Arrived at Le Mans train station on Thursday, June 11th at 2:30 pm. Two members of the JMW Motorsport team was waiting for me to pick up me directly to the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit . Where will be held the 2nd and 3rd qualifying sessions the same day. Impressed by the number of spectators present in the circuit, I met the team and the drivers in the pit. Then they take me where the car carrying my livery is. See one of my creations in the pits next to the other cars participating in the race was a very special moment. When some people on the team asked me at that time what i’m felling seeing my livery here, only an “amazing” go out of my mouth. Words miss. Still a little bit hard to realize how lucky I am being there.
The hours pass, and the start of the first qualifying session of the day is approaching. The team is active, there is less and less space in the garage. So I decided to take this opportunity to go for a walk around quietly. I crossed a few drivers, all very busy. Then I venture into the village of the track, where manufacturers and other firms are exposed proudly. The Nissan, Toyota, Audi and Porsche means on their stands and shops are just colossal. Impressed by all I saw, I joined the tribune at the Dunlop bridge to enjoy the passing cars and especially the number 66, the car of my livery so. Forgive me, having slept only three hours in 40 hours (I don’t had the opportunity yet to rest me since the beginning of my trip) I didn’t think to take pictures.
The sound of the first cars vibrates the ground. The motorsport magic takes place. The first qualifying session of the day began. The number 66 passes for the first time, the livery is even more beautiful on track. I remain in the tribune during the entire meeting to be shortened by 30 minutes because of a red flag caused by the accident of Jan Magnussen in his Corvette C7.R. This half hour lost will be recovered in the second qualifying session starting it 30 minutes earlier than planned. So I returned to the pit of the JMW Motorsport to see how was their session. No problems to report. Kuba Giermaziak, only pro driver of the team (a pro driver per team is required in GTE AM category. They are fighting for the best time), did his best to stay in the middle of the timesheets in their class . The times are close. For his first participation Kuba did a good job and accumulate experience on the track for the race. Michael Avenatti and Abdulaziz Al Faisal doing the same. The team is setting primarily on the regularity during the race.
The second session begins at 21:30 instead of 22:00. I sit in the tribune above the pit lane. Here, the crossing cars sound resonates between tribunes. We take full eardrums. Night falls and car headlights dazzle the pit straight. The night show is wonderful. Midnight, the last qualifying session ends. The JMW Motorsport ranks 11th out of 14 of the GTE AM. The lap times were regular. The team expected more, but we knows that the position on the grid at a 24 hour race doesn’t mean much. Everything announces a carefree race. But the race is in two days and the path to the finish line will be long.
So we returned to the chateau where sleep some members of the team. Shut-eye is there. I need to sleep. Everyone hand to bed after a few minutes talk in the lobby. After a well deserved shower, I fall asleep almost as soon as I jump into the bed. The drivers parade day may be long.