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On track action at Le Mans Classic
8th July 2012
As on Friday, thousands of spectators flocked to the second day of Le Mans Classic on Saturday despite uncertain weather to fulfill their passion. The mornings programme consisted of several parades of cars from clubs and manufacturers, the highlight of which was the Le Mans Heritage Clubs Parade, a collection of models that have raced in the 24 Hours including the famous Le Monstre Cadillac spyder designed by Briggs Cunningham in 1950!
At 16h10 it was time for the on-track action. In the presence of Jean Todt (FIA President), Patrick Peter (organiser of the event) and Pierre Fillon (ACO President) a Le Mans herringbone style start launched Plateau 4 getting the meeting under way. The Le Mans Classic 24 Hours was go! The horde of Ford GT40s immediately hit the front followed by AC Cobras, E-Type Jaguars, Porsche 904s, Lotus Elans, etc. Eight laps later victory went to the Roger Wills-Joe Twyman-Emanuele Pirro (5-time Le Mans winner) Ford GT40. Next up was Plateau 5 in which Lolas T70s, Chevrolet Corvettes, Chevrons and Ferrari 512 MS went at it hammer and tongs. Bernard Thuners T70 Mk IIIB, the Metzger-Piquet Corvette and the Stepak-Bourdin Alpine A220 fought a thrilling battle and only 1.5 seconds separated them at the flag. In Plateau 6 the unique De Cadenet Lola ran away from its rivals finishing in front of two BMW M1s.
Franois Fillon-Stanislas Staedler saw the flag in twenty-sixth place in another M1. In Plateau 1 featuring pre-WWII cars, Talbot scored a triple with the Burnett-Evans-Ames 105 winning from the Traber-Trenery Lago and the Bronson-Burnett-Evans 105. As dusk invaded the Sarthe and day 2 drew to a close racing continued on the legendary Le Mans 24-Hours circuit.
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