Le Mans 24 is arguably the most prestigious motorsport event in the world and after just over 3 years of hard work, dedication and perseverance, Rebecca Racer will be heading there to compete in the Road to Le Mans race, which takes place on Saturday 18 June just a few hours before the main 24-hour race on the same circuit. She says: “Yes we have done it, I will be racing at Le Mans.
"Thank you everyone who believed in me! In my wildest dreams I never thought a prototype was within my reach and in just over 3 years it has come through to fruition!”
Rebecca will be racing a LMP3 Ligier with a 420bhp Nissan V8 engine and will be competing alongside some very well known names in motorsport. Sky F1 commentator and former Formula One driver Martin Brundle will also be racing in the LMP3 class, as will Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson.
The LMP3 cars have been introduced to add a stepping stone towards the LMP2 and LMP1 cars that race in the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. The idea behind this class is to provide as few constraints as possible to allow drivers to go from GT cars through to prototype racing.
The chassis and bodywork of the LMP3 is very close to that of the LMP2 with a closed cockpit, carbon chassis and a tubular roll cage.
Getting to Le Mans hasn't been an easy undertaking, the enormity of the project is impressive but Rebecca has followed her dreams to go from track-day enthusiast through to racing a prototype at one of the biggest race events in the world.
She says: “There have been so many highs but also lows, challenges and obstacles I've had to overcome. There have been doors opened for me that I did not even know existed. I could not have done it without determination, dedication and belief. This complements the support from the people around me who understood when I was off the radar, head down in my work. I've had tremendous support from my sponsors and media supporters, not to mention people I've never met championing my cause on social media.”
The historic motor race has been running since 1923 and the circuit is actually named Circuit de la Sarthe, located in the town of Le Mans. It uses some of the public roads in the area, which are closed for the races. Some of the highest speeds on any circuit in the world were reached down the extremely long straights with prototypes reaching speeds as high as 252mph. These days however, safety interventions to modify the circuit mean the fastest cars reach 205mph. This is combined with advances in driver protection technology, which is much better for teams and the 250,000 visitors to the event.
The Le Mans excitement kicks off this week with Rebecca's race taking place on the Saturday before the 24-hour endurance race begins. Get your tickets here.
Road to Le Mans racing timetable (All times in CEST - BST+1)
Wednesday 15 June
20:30 - 21:30 – Free practice
Thursday 16 June
14:30 - 15:30 – Free practice
18:00- 18:30 – Qualifying practice sessions
Saturday 18 June
11:10 - 12:20 – Race
You'll be able to watch the race live on Le Mans TV here, or you can listen on Radio Le Mans here. The race will also be broadcast on Motors TV and Eurosport.
Rebecca would like to thank 2016 sponsors Turtle Wax, FOY, Challenger Communications, FED202, Accomplish Capital and media partner Telegraph Cars for all their support on this amazing journey.
A big thank you also to all the sponsors and partners that have supported Project Le Mans since it launched in 2013. All these brands helped make it possible: Ryan Motorsport Insurance, Snoozebox, VBOX Automotive, Ultimate Hearing Protection Systems, Quantum Racing Suspension, HiSpec Motosport, Valet Magic, CFM Engineering, ITG, Rimstock, Team Dynamics, Mintex, Spraytech, JMG Porsche, BTB Exhausts, Michelin, Ravenol, ipixi, Corbeau Seats, Lifeline Fire & Safety Systems, Oldhall Perfomance, Questmead, Custom Cages, Cartek Automotive Electronics, Cheap Couriers UK, Wicked Wheels, Porsche-Apart, Films.TV and Seat.