Video: This four-way battle is the best Le Mans race ever

10th February 2022
Ben Miles

Stop whatever you are doing. Put down your cup of tea, turn off the Winter Olympics and focus entirely on five minutes of the best racing you’ll ever see. And no, that’s not hyperbole, this is sensational stuff. I know too, as I was there.

The support races for the Le Mans 24 Hours switch around every year, one year it’s the Ferrari Challenge Series, the next the Aston Martin Festival. In other years, it is the Porsche Carrera Cup. But not just the 18 or so cars you see supporting the BTCC each year, this is an amalgamation of Carrera Cups GB, France and Benelux. So what you get is around 60 Porsche 911s doing battle on the famous La Sarthe track.

The great thing is, none of them hold back. Ass showcased by a slightly bonkers race earlier in the decade which saw the leader lose out about four inches from the line with a puncture having only taken the lead a further three inches back. 

Back to this year’s race and we have the BTCC’s Dan Cammish and Tom Oliphant and GT Racer Dino Zamparelli against the best of Western Europe’s Porsche racers. It starts as a two-way fight, but by Mulsanne, it’s a four-way battle for victory. It really is worth the five minutes of your morning (or even ten if you watch it twice) and includes an around-the-outside overtake into Indianapolis. 

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