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Le Mans 2013 Officially Begins

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The 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans has officially begun, with the traditional “Pesage” taking place on Monday evening and the car parks on the outskirts of the town beginning to take shape.

The opening event of the week is the mandatory Technical and Administrative Checks, which are a show in themselves at the famous race.

The “men in the shadows” take their spot in the limelight during the checks, proudly pushing their machines between the rows of spectators between the different inspection tents, differing from the usual behind closed doors scrutineering sessions at most motorsport events.

During the two days of “pesage”, no issues were found, with no major issues coming from any car or any of the 168 drivers. The celebrations continue today (Tuesday June 18) with the inauguration of the recreation of the Pontileu Hairpin used on the track between 1923 and 1928.

theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will be reporting on all practice and qualifying sessions along with hour-by-hour reporting throughout the race complemented with a live blog. to keep up to date with the latest news remember to sign up to our LM24 newsletter.

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