MOTUL widely represented at 90th anniversary edition of Le Mans 24 Hours19.06.2013
MOTUL widely represented at 90th anniversary edition of Le Mans 24 Hours
Pomona, CA. The 2013 edition of the world’s most famous and prestigious sports car race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is likely to be a special one for many, not least because it’s the 90th anniversary of the very first running of the great event in 1923. Motul has been involved with the 24 Hours for almost 60 of those years, and will have a truly significant presence both on track and off it in 2013.
One of the leading lubricant companies involved in international motorsport, Motul is providing technical support to no less than seven teams (ten entries) in the very competitive customer prototype category, LMP2, and two teams (four entries) in the production-led GT class. Taking place on 22nd/23rd June on the 14km track which is made up largely of public roads, Motul has every expectation of claiming further class victories to those gained in 2011 and 2012 and further in the past.
LMP2 is the biggest category in the race with 22 entries, and within it there are several favourites for victory – all supported by Motul. These include former winners Greaves Motorsport, leading contenders OAK Racing, HVM Status GP, Jota Sport, current European Le Mans Series points leaders Thiriet by TDS Racing, KCMG, and current FIA World Endurance Championship leaders, Pecom Racing. Nine of these are Nissan-powered, the VK45 engine being developed by the Japanese motor manufacturer in conjunction with Motul, and all will be using an experimental lubricant developed by the French-based specialists for Nismo.
Two cars are of particular note: the No.41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan will benefit from the technical support of Caterham Technology – an arm of the Formula One Grand Prix team – and will run in the company’s familiar green, white and yellow colours. Also guaranteed to stand out amongst its rivals will be OAK Racing’s No.45 Morgan-Nissan, decorated in a livery in keeping with the recently unveiled Art Car. Designed by Fernando Costa, the car has been honoured by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest with the title ‘Art Car of the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours’ and Motul is an official partner of the project.
In the production-led LMGTE Am category, Motul is represented by two of the most experienced and successful teams in the class. Long-time partner and multiple title-winning team Larbre Compétition will be campaigning two Corvette C6Rs, the strongest of which will be aiming for class honors in the category aimed specifically at gentlemen drivers. Included in this line up is GM factory supported driver Ricky Taylor from America. Competing against them for victory is another successful French team, IMSA Matmut Porsche which also has two entries and benefits from the inclusion of Porsche factory driver, Wolf Henzler, in the driver line up.
Reinforcing its presence in endurance racing, Motul’s iconic red and white colors will be seen prominently displayed around the track, particularly at the Virage du raccordement which will be adorned entirely in Motul colours as will the grandstand at that corner. New for 2013, Motul’s name is emblazoned large on the front, back and roof of the grandstand for all to see at every angle. Furthermore, a film about Motul’s 300V product will be shown on the giant screens positioned around the track during the race, and all of the 28 grid girls will be wearing Motul’s infamous colours, just as in 2012.