Le Mans Pesage (Scrutineering) in full swing!
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Le Mans Pesage (Scrutineering) in full swing!

During the last 24 hours and continuing today (Saturday), Le Mans city centre is a hive of activity with the traditional 24 Hours of Le Mans scrutineering process, more commonly known as Pesage.

As has been the case since 2012, scrutineering and administrative checks for round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship takes place at the Place de la République in the heart of the town.

Over the course of two days, all 62 cars and drivers must present themselves to the officials to check that everything is compliant.

While the cars are being checked, drivers in their driver suits pass administrative checks during which their licenses, helmets, driver suits and all their equipment, which must comply with the FIA standards, are inspected. They also take part in various communications operations (individual photos, team photos with the cars, press interviews), as well as giving autographs to spectators who flock to scrutineering.

Later today (Saturday), a special Hypercar parade will also take place in the city centre. All nine makes in the top class will parade their cars along a 2.1-kilometre loop through the city, starting at 15:30 local time. They will be joined by a Safety Car and the Bentley 3 Litre Sport that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924.

The 2.1-kilometre loop from Quai Louis Blanc at the foot of the Roman wall on the river Sarthe, returning via the Tunnel Wilbur Wright, taking in rue Gambetta, Place de la République, Boulevard René Levasseur and Place des Jacobins is twice as long as last year’s route and will give more people a chance to admire several endurance racing stars, including last year’s winner - the Ferrari 499P, and the recently unveiled BMW M Hybrid V8 Art Car.