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article imageClassic Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race is underway in France

By Christopher Szabo     Jun 12, 2010 in Sports
Le Mans - The classic Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race is underway with veteran British driver Nigel Mansell crashing after only 17 minutes of the race.
BBC said the Formula-1 champion appeared to suffer a puncture before his hitting the barriers at the Mulsanne corner. Mansell, driving a Ginetta Zytek car was part of a three-driver line-up with his two sons, Leo and Greg.
Team Peugeot Total took the first four positions on the grid and the race was expected to be a battle between the Peugeots and the Audis. The Peugeot 908 of Franck Montagny, Stéphane Sarrazin and Nicolas Minassian took the lead soon after Mansell’s accident. The official Le Mans website said later Mansell was “OK.”
Denmark’s Tom Kristensen told crash.net that the 78th edition of the Le Mans race would be:
“The fastest ever.” He said:
“We have been trying to work on the race, because that's what counts – it's 24 hours where we have to be incredibly efficient and incredibly consistent, and anything less than a two minute 30 second average we don't want to talk about. This could maybe be the fastest Le Mans ever, and in that sense we all know that the winning car is the best car – and we will work very hard to make sure that's ours.”
This year’s race features all the great names in motor racing, along with Peugeot and Audi, America’s Corvette, Italy’s Ferrari and Lamborghini, Germany’s Porsche and BMW and the UK’s Ford and Jaguar.
The race will last throughout the night and end at 15h00 local time, with far fewer cars than at the start.
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