Today's practice session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has our anticipation of this weekend's race at a fever pitch. The four Audi R18s (two diesel and two hybrid quattro cars) have ended the day of practice in 1-2-3-4 order with the quickest lap times, followed very closely by the pair of petrol hybrids from Toyota. Having battled the quicker LMP1 cars from Peugeot for years, though, Audi knows better than anyone that you don't need to be the fastest car at Le Mans to win. The oddly shaped Nissan DeltaWing, meanwhile, ended the day of practice with a best lap of 3:43.576, which puts it squarely in the midst of the LMP2 class cars.

With Le Mans on the brain today, we were just about to start putting together a top-to-bottom guide for the best spectating experience of this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans, but then we discovered our friend and former colleague Reilly Brennan beat us to the punch.

Part of Reilly's patent-pending "Couch Kit" series, his 24 Hours of Le Mans guide tells you everything you need to know about this weekend's race, from when and where to watch the action to what stories will be the most interesting to follow. We've included a few of the most essential items from his guide below, but you'll want to click through to his site to make sure you're fully prepared to watch the race.


2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

Race Start: 3:00PM CET (9AM Eastern), Saturday June 16

Speed's alternating broadcast schedule on TV and Speed.com:
  • Speed TV: 8:30AM - 1PM
  • Speed.com: 1PM - 2:30PM
  • Speed TV: 2:30PM - 7PM
  • Speed.com: 7:00PM - 7:30PM
  • Speed TV: 7:30PM - remainder of race (through 9AM Sunday)
Live-streaming Audio: Live Timing: Spotters Guide:


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      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact there is only 7 comments here is such a bummer. LeMans is the DADDY of all races. If you count yourself a car guy/girl, you're getting your "Lemans Nest" ready for this weekend! : )
        SteveM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P
        I think it gets back to attention span. I agree, this is THE race. The GT class is my favorite, but I hope to get to know the other classes better this year.
      fuzzyfish6
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait! Love Le Mans!
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't they just put it all online? I hate cable.
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        +1000!!! I can't stand cable and the fact we're living in 2012 without 100% streaming access is beyond my comprehension.
      Ask
      • 3 Years Ago
      my favorite!
      BMW JEDI
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi is live streaming here: http://www.audi-liveracing.com/desktop/index.jsp?l=en_US
      mojonaut
      • 3 Years Ago
      The comments system on here sucks. Anyway, the full race will be on Eurosport on this side of the pond. Their commentary team are always knowledgable and entertaining, too. I'm sure they'll be providing their voices for the Speed Coverage too. Best of luck to my compatriots in Murphy Prototypes! P2 in P2 in provisional qualifying points to a good race for them!
        SteveM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mojonaut
        wondering if it's the pair of Brit's I always hear on ESPN3 - they are a great team but I don't know their names. Their enthusiasm is infectious.
          StephenT
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SteveM
          John Hindhaugh and Jeremy Shaw and yes I love hearing them call a race also. But this will be Speed's crew of Bob Varsha, Leigh Diffey, Dorsey Schroeder, Calvin Fish, David Hobbs, along with current Grand Am driver Scott Pruett.
      StephenT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hands down my favorite weekend of the year. I can't wait. Getting to bed a little earlier Friday night so I can be prepared to stay up Saturday into Sunday.
      drewpy
      • 3 Years Ago
      They pay fees and have contracts with the distribution companies...can't do it... Too bad,
      k_m94
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who would have thought the quest to save fuel and the environment in one of the highest tiers of motor racing could make it even more exciting? Impressed that the Audis retain so much domination as usual, impressed that Toyota's first attempt in years is nipping a close second, and impressed that a 300hp pencil with dragster thin front tires is laying down times squarely in the hot LMP2 level.
      Karl T
      • 3 Years Ago
      My ass will be firmly planted in a chair for the full 24.
      RGT881
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guys. Vipbox.net. HANDS DOWN
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