YART will start as one of the favourites for victory in this weekend’s 42nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In September the team’s riders, Niccolò Canepa, Broc Parkes and Marvin Fritz, fought back from a crash early in the race to finish the Bol d’Or in Le Castellet, the opening round of the 2018/2019 season, in a superb second place.
This podium performance was then backed up with a strong showing during a private Le Mans test in early April that was attended by 50 of the 60 teams that will line up on the grid for the 24-hour race this weekend.
The YART trio ended the two days of testing second on the timesheet and just a tenth of a second off the top spot.Completed in 1966 and incorporating the main straight from the famous Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, the Le Mans Bugatti circuit has been modified extensively over the years, with the current 4.185km layout in use since 2008. The technical nature of the circuit, which combines slow and fast corners with hard braking areas and high-speed changes of direction, makes for many passing opportunities and guarantees close racing for the whole 24 hours.
Practice for the teams has been ongoing at Le Mans since Monday, with the first qualifying sessions due to kick off at 3:40 pm (CEST) local time on Thursday and continue through to Friday before the main event, the 42nd 24 Heures Motos begins at 3:00 pm on Saturday.