• Jun 12, 2010
BMW Art Car and all-female Ford GT out of Le Mans – Click above for image gallery

Artist Jeff Koons' special paint scheme is now the only thing that makes the #79 BMW M3 GT2 Art Car look like it's moving. Just after starting the sixth hour of the 24 hours of Le Mans, the BMW was crawling around the track for the third time. Andy Priaulx pulled off the course onto the grass and began swerving back and forth as though he was out of fuel. Unfortunately, it was to no avail as the M3 rolled to a stop for good. The marshals pushed the car behind the guardrail and Priaulx set off on foot for the pits.

Meanwhile in GT1, the all-female team of Natacha Gachnang, Cyndie Allemann and Rahel Frey have finished their race in the #61 Ford GT as well. At about the same time the BMW Art Car gave up the ghost, Gachnang pulled over right in front of the marshal's stand at the Mulsanne corner with thick smoke pouring out of the Ford. Gachnang, who has been limping on crutches all week, was able to crawl out of the car just as the marshals arrived with fire extinguishers. At this point, we haven't heard the cause of the fire.



[Source: Speed]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Another note:
      The Flying Lizards are out too and have been for a bit. Bummer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lead Peugeot is out (for now) with an alleged electrical problem. Go Audi!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just thought I'd post this here since AB hasn't updated.

      The 82 Risi Ferrari (defending GT2 champion) is out and has been for hours. They said the transmission broke. Giuseppe Risi said it was due to too much high speed running. But Oliver Gavin (Corvette) driver gave all kinds of details in an interview. He said the Risi drivers were driving over the rumble strips too much, then put a wheel off into the gravel and then missed shifts. He listed each missed shift as if he remembered each one. That's pretty amazing he has all that detail at his command.

      Corvette is 1-2 in GT2 right now, but the Porsches are on the move and the Krohn Ferrari 430 is still running too. GT1 is an attrition race, the current leader is the 10 year old Saleen S7R!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't they just race stock cars with minor upgrades like they did back in the day. Then you'll at least get a few laps out of it without it blowing up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      bummer... thanks for the updates guys
      • 4 Years Ago
      Third yellow after either the 24 or 35 OAK Racing LMP2 Pescorolo Judd tore the entire front left corner off (and somehow made it into the pits). The 60 Matech FordGT was involved too.

      The 82 Risi Ferrari is taking the opportunity to attempt to fix a recurring transmission problem also. So the Corvettes are holding 1-2 in GT2 I think.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speed Channel can freakin' blow me. One of the main reasons I didn't care that I was dropping cable (along with Speed) was their lackluster race coverage. No WRC. Spotty BTCC coverage. Etc. Even now they'd rather show a truck race than 24h of Le Mons.

      So caught some of their live coverage online and thought "huh, this is actually pretty cool. I wonder if it'll be like ESPN3 where if your ISP coughs up the money, they'll give you the feed.

      No dice. Live free coverage online ended at 6pm. Oh well, it's back to finding it elsewhere illegally on the web......
        • 4 Years Ago
        So.... put commercials on it? It SHOUDLN"T be that hard of a concept.

        I can watch every game of the World Cup (that's not on ABC) for free on ESPN3.

        I could watch every aspect of the Olympics, for free on NBC's website.

        Speed shows the exact same stupidity as to why I stopped watching it in the first place (pre-empting Le Mans for Truck racing?? WTF?), and requires anyone wanting to watch Le Mans to jump back and forth between online coverage and pay-tv coverage. And for that privilege I should pay $85/month? Yeah, no thanks. I thought that they might have realized the power of online streaming and keep offering it for free. Guess not. I'll just have to stream it live from one of the sites that offers EuroSport instead, meaning Speed gets *zero* benefit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It does suck that the NHL is now a league for people who have money to subscribe to cable. I didn't get Center Ice, I can't justify the cost. And DirecTV didn't have Versus for half the season either. Weak.

        I hope the system of "you have to get that to get this" will end soon. And it'll be holdouts like you that make it happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stop with the $85 stuff. Speed doesn't get $85.

        Speed is working on launching an online network.

        http://www.formula1blog.com/2010/05/12/speed-tv-to-launch-speed-2-for-real-racing/

        This was a beta for that. Give your anger a rest.

        And I don't want my ISP paying Speed every month whether I watch Speed or not. It'll just cause ISP bills to balloon like cable bills. I'd rather cable companies be forced to give up on the idea of a monthly handout and instead rely on making content that people value enough to pay directly for (either per month in a non-hidden fee or pay per event directly or through enough eyeballs to make ads effective).

        How you can somehow can think trying to get ISPs to take money from you and pay it to Speed isn't 'forcing people to pay for content they don't want' I have no idea.

        And there's no info ESPN makes money off ESPN3/360 yet and it is widely known that NBC lost their behind on the Olympics.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ESPN3 isn't free. Your ISP is paying them. the Olympics weren't free, your ISP was paying them. Your ISP isn't paying Speed.

        The commercial thing make sense, but cable stations (including ESPN) are playing a game right now. They get paid when a cable system carries their channel, this is on top of the ad money they make. So, for example Speed gets $0.12/mo (made up figure) from Comcast per subscriber who has Speed on their Comcast package.

        If cable channels make watching their stations over the internet without paying them (via Comcast), then they lose $0.12/subscriber/month. And they don't want to lose that money. So they are trying to keep internet viewing down or charging for it same as for cable/satellite.

        So they realize the power of online streaming. And unlike you, they see that they LOSE money if they do it. You can accuse them of being greedy but when you start saying they are just stupid you only show yourself to be uninformed.

        As to the Eurosport thing, they don't control who else streams it. But at least if you steal from them it doesn't show up on Speed's bandwidth bill!

        Speed has more coverage on their channel than in any time I can remember, 18.5 hours. And they have full 24h coverage if you count their stream. That's a lot of coverage and the opposite of your comments that they are somehow ignoring it.

        You won't pay for Speed, so you don't get their coverage. Stop trying to make this Speed's fault.

        I think it's funny you're complaining about having to switch back and forth to catch all of it! I'm a serious road-racing junkie. I streamed the race on my iPhone (from radiolemans.com) into earbuds when I went to the grocery store! And I think Speed has actually put me on overload this year. 25 hours of coverage is actually too much to watch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speed doesn't give ISPs the option of paying them for the online coverage. That's because they want to force people to buy the cable packages that include their channel (along with approximately 299 completely worthless channels). ESPN and NBC figured out how to make money by getting the ISPs to pay a tiny amount per subscriber. Speed has chosen to not even offer that, meaning you have to cough up the entire $85/month for the tv package with Speed just to get any racing coverage whatsoever. One of these methods is a forward-looking, alternative way to disseminate content. One of these methods is backwards-looking, trying to force people to pay for content that they don't want.

        Only time will tell which is successful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So speed's going to finally offer actual racing, but only for the people who pay for their NASCARvision and nonstop reality shows? No thanks. We dropped cable because there was so much CRAP on. Like I said, hardly any actual racing (other than NASCAR) on Speed. 6 month delay for a short, edited version of Top Gear. No way to watch my favorite hockey team (out of my area) without coughing up the $250+ Center Ice package. All of that was available for free, online. So we dropped cable and our bill dropped by almost $85. Yes, we could have gotten the cheaper package that *only* cost $60, but still totally not worth it.

        So now I get it all online, preferably through the channel's website (ESPN3, NBC, Versus, etc), and if Speed gave me an option to *just* pay for it's Euro-actual-racing-online-channel, I might go for it. But since they're just offering it to the people who pay for their NASCAR channel, I'm SOL. It's only a matter of time before the traditional "you have to buy all of this other stuff just to get what you want" system is going to be belly up, and I can't wait.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, Speed won't let you watch their no-commercial coverage for free. Shame on them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Other notes:
      There have been two yellow periods so far. The first was when Nigel Mansell suffered a flat tire and spun just a few laps into the race, taking his car out of the race. The second was when the 92 JMW Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage impacted the wall about 6 hours in (did anyone see where?). The first yellow was a fairly normal 15 minutes, the second was a bit longer.

      Also, Natacha is limping because of a crash at Abu Dhabi as seen here.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRwtsjh91fQ
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