Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Live Event Coverage

The 2010 Le Mans 24 Hour thread (Part 1) // The first shift of twelve hours as the endurance event begins

Published by Christine

It is that time of year again - the one time when we all have an excuse to attempt to stay up for 24 hours in a row. I have never achieved such a thing, despite the attraction of a certain Frenchman taking part in the event. What event is it? We're talking about Le Mans, the 24 hour marathon of endurance racing.

LMP1 cars on track during qualifying for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 10, 2010.
LMP1 cars on track during qualifying for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 10, 2010.Credit: Getty Images

We've already talked our way through practice and qualifying, and if you're curious to learn more about what we're watching, Pat and Alianora wrote up a fantastic guide to help us out.

The schedule for this afternoon's event is as follows (all times GMT+1):

  • 13:22: Beginning of starting procedure 24 Heures du Mans
  • 14:00: Start of the 78th race of the 24 Heures du Mans

Even if you're not keen on this kind of racing, there are plenty of names you've heard of to keep an eye on. 5live favourite Anthony Davidson is behind the wheel for Peugeot, along with Alex Wurz and Toro Rosso evacuee Sebastien Bourdais. At the sharp end, we're all hoping for a McNish vs Montagny battle to the finish, but we will have to see what happens.

Here are some useful links to begin with, I'm sure there will be more in the comments below:

Here at Sidepodcast Towers we are by no means experts on this kind of motor racing, so expect plenty of questions as we navigate the 24 hours. Most of all, enjoy the race, and let us know who you're rooting for (along with Franck, obviously).




It is that time of year again - the one time when we all have an excuse to attempt to stay up for 24 hours in a row. I have never achieved such a thing, despite the attraction of a certain Frenchman taking part in the event. What event is it? We're talking about Le Mans, the 24 hour marathon of endurance racing.

Event start

14:00GMT +01:00

12 June 2010