2009 24 Hours of Le Mans begins...

2009 24 Hours of LeMans Start - Click above for a high-res image gallery

The green flag dropped a few moments ago on one of the hottest days in Le Mans history. The No. 8 and 7 Peugeots are in the top two slots, followed by McNish in the Audi R15. We're assembling a few galleries from yesterday's Driver Parade and our walk through the pits this morning, so stay tuned for more live action from LeMans.

UPDATE: The No. 3 Audi, piloted by Premat, during its third lap, although it didn't hit the wall. Damage seems minimal.

UPDATE 2: The Audis are trailing the Peugeots by between 3-4 seconds a lap.

: Gallery of the start added. Best noises: Corvette rumble and Aston P1 high-pitched shriek.

UPDATE 4: The safety car is out after the Pescarolo Peugeot hit the works Peugeot in the pits. The tire is shredded, debris has coated the track and undoubtedly, the guy the waved the Peugeot out is being berated as you read this.

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