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Organisers Make Safety Improvements Ahead Of 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours

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Safety improvements will see all pit workers wearing helmets - Photo: Rolex / Jad Sherif

Safety improvements will see all pit workers wearing helmets - Photo: Rolex / Jad Sherif

With teams and drivers preparing ahead of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours organisers have been busy making improvements to the circuit.

Resurfacing was first on the agenda as the Les Hundaudières straight was resurfaced, the famed straight leading from Tetre Rouge through to the Mulsanne corners over 5.4km.

The new surface got the approval of Audi’s Allan McNish “It’s much better,” said McNish who set the fastest time during the official test session. “It gives more grip and the little bumps have been ironed out. Lap times will be quicker”

The run off at at Arnage has been modified due to a request by the FIA and while the radius of the corner hasn’t been changed improvements have been made, including an new marshals post.

New modular screens have been installed along the Les Hunaudières straight to protect the nearby houses. The screens will also be installed on twenty exposed marshals’ posts.

Other safety improvements means all pit workers have to wear helmets, this includes marshals’, photographers and controllers.

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