Latest news from Le Mans - new start point revealed
The cornerstone event of the FIA WEC, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, features not once this Super Season, but twice! Round 2 of the 2018-19 season will take place on 16/17th June this year and the ACO has been, as always, hard at work at Circuit des 24 Heures.
A major development for 2018 sees the start line moved 145 metres further up the pits straight. This means that, when the national flag is dropped by the starter at 15h00 on 16th June, it will be level with the car on pole position, 145 metres further up the track than before.
This change will enable all the cars to line up on the pits straight when the start is about to be given thus avoiding the situation of having GTE cars still in the Ford chicanes when the pack is finally unleashed.
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich becomes special consultant to ACO
At the recent press conference in Paris, it was announced that Dr Wolfgang Ullrich will be joining the ACO as a special consultant. Audi’s legendary former Head of Motorsport, who led his team to 13 victories, will be sharing his wealth of sporting, marketing and technical experience with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC.
Now retired from Audi, Dr Ullrich commented: “I enjoyed working with the ACO as a competitor. This new collaboration adds another dimension to the strong relationship we have built up over the years. I’m proud to take on this role and look forward to giving back to a discipline which gave me so much as an entrant.”