This photo is part of my theme: The 24, dedicated to the 24 hours of Le Mans. In this series I want to show my love for this event by means of photos and notes. This is the final part V: Dunlop Curve.
This is Dunlop Curve on Le Mans, in front of the main crowd stands. This is a excellent spot to watch the race. You have an overview over the pitboxes and the straight on the right. At the end of the pit area is a giant jumbotron so that you can see the tv footage of the race with on-board cameras, interviews, etc. In front of you is Dunlop Curve, what you see here.
The GTs lift entering the 1st corner and brake before going thru the 2nd. The LMPs tap the brake entering 1st and slam it hard before entering the 2nd. This is a populair place for overtaking because its relatively safe. If an LMP wants to overtake a GT, it will take the 1st curve wide and brake a little later on the second, to pass on the inside.
The coolest thing is when a LMP wants to overtake another LMP with a big heart. Side-by-side in the 1st corner, you see the brake lights on for just a split second. Then braking and loud downshifting with lots of flames and sparks out of the rear. There is nano second difference between the time they hit the brakes, you have to watch their brake lights very carefuly. The pilot on the inside at the 2nd turn has the biggest cahunga's and wins 9/10. Then accelerating underneath the Dunlop tire. Very entertaining with big crowds at night.
Love = Energy
This is my last post about the 24h Le Mans. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing about it. I *LOVE* Le Mans. More next year, no doubt. This race gave me energy for weeks to come.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadows of endurance racing, I shall fear no evil... as I am having the time of my life."
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PIERRE-HENRI-AU (448) 2007-07-03 13:44
Very happy that Mans gave you energy and this happiness.
I live at the top of the circuit. I do not have the sight but the noise of the engines.
christrek (115) 2007-07-03 13:45
Les couleurs et effets sont excellents, c'est parfaitement lissé. On regrette juste le grillage.
JurgitaRA (67) 2007-07-04 1:25
Hi, its interesting wiew :) I like it.. Colours and mood in the picture
Silke (3027) 2007-07-04 9:05
Amazing how much detail you were ale to capture in this night-time highspeed action shot!
Too bad about the fence, but I know there's little you could have done about that.
- Copyright: Gilbert Sopakuwa (startacked) (1341)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-16
- Categories: Transportation, Event
- Camera: Pentax *ist DS, SMC Pentax-F 1:1.7 50mm
- Exposure: f/1.7, 1/8 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Gilbert's bridges, The 24 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 13:38