The morning hours of Monday June 13 were spent at the Place de la Republique in the centre of Le Mans where the second day of scrutineering was taking place. If you can get down early in the week, scrutineering presents an excellent opportunity to meet drivers as they enter and exit the media area of the square. Also you can find almost unique opportunities for photos of the cars as they are unloaded and reloaded from their trailers and transporters.
We then drove down to the circuit with the intention of saying hallo to our old friends at JotaSport/G-Drive Racing and were delighted to be able to visit their spacious garage and see the #26 and #38 cars close up. The team looks in fine shape and were practising their pit-stop and tyre changing skills during our visit.
We were also able to take advantage of the opportunity to walk the length of the pitlane and see Ford also hard at work practising its pit-stop drills.
Strolling back through the paddock, an added bonus was bumping into Eve Hewitt and John Hindhaugh from Radio Le Mans and we spent a very pleasant few minutes discussing our thoughts on the race. Having listened to literally thousands of hours of the work of John and the team, it was fantastic to finally meet Eve and John at the circuit.
The weather was mixed throughout the day but cleared in the evening to allow an opportunity for a coffee and chat about the day’s activities in relative peace and calm.
Tuesday see the start of track action and then the week really gets into gear. Until tomorrow…