Saturday, June 17, 2017

24 HEURES DU MANS | 22:01:00

Le Mans! Le Mans! Le Mans!

The story so far, with just under two of the twenty-four hours raced, is the heat. Temperatures are higher for this 85e 24 Heures du Mans than they have been for the previous fortnight of preparation, from practice to scrutineering to qualifying. These higher temps will affect engine cooling (potentially leading to failure by overheating), tire degradation, refueling efficiency, & driver endurance. Based on the skies, there seems to be little chance of rain, mooting Jason Statham's gravelly intonations at the beginning & end of the brilliant Audi propaganda film Truth in 24: "It always rains at Le Mans."

Fox Sports is providing twenty-two hours of race coverage, twenty-one hours of the race by half-hour pre-race & post-race shows. Unfortunately, twelve of those twenty-one hours are on Fox Sports 2, a channel available to approximately zero households in America. We are now in that lull between the first hour of the race on Fox Sports 1 & the unseen resumption on Fox Sports 2; so, I've made the transition to "listening" to Radio Le Mans, watching their live Studio Vision video feed. This is less than ideal solution, since it means I cannot see the action on track, but it is a great blessing compared to wrestling in futility with the giant lie that is the Fox Sports GO app, which as previously mentioned is a giant lie. I eagerly await the resumption of live coverage on Fox Sports 1 tomorrow morning at 1:00 A.M.

Le Mans! Le Mans! Le Mans!

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