Le Mans: Only a handful of drivers have chance to defend wins

Leave a comment

Only three drivers have a chance to go back-to-back in the same class at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Tom Kristensen (LMP1), Richard Lietz (GTE-Pro) and Raymond Narac (GTE-Am) are in the same entries as they were last year, the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR and No. 76 Imsa Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, respectively.

But each of the three has a pair of new co-drivers.

Kristensen will co-drive with Lucas di Grassi and late addition Marc Gene, in for the injured Loic Duval. Duval, who crashed Wednesday, and Allan McNish, who’s since retired, were in the winning No. 1 Audi last year.

Lietz’s two 2013 teammates, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas, have been called up to Porsche’s new LMP1 program this year. So Lietz will try to defend his GTE-Pro class win with Marco Holzer and new factory recruit Frederic Makowiecki.

Narac swaps Jean-Karl Vernay and Christophe Bourret for Nicolas Armindo and David Hallyday. The driver lineup is a downgrade from last year’s and with an older-spec Porsche, it’s going to be a challenge for that team to repeat in the 19-car GTE-Am class.

None of the LMP2 winners from last year with OAK Racing, Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez, are racing in Le Mans this year.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

Getty Images
Leave a comment

EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

MORE: Stage 13 wrapup

MORE: Stage 12 wrapup

MORE: Stage 11 wrapup

MORE: Stage 10 wrapup

MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

MORE: Stage 7 wrapup

MORE: Stage 6 wrapup

MORE: Stage 5 wrapup

MORE: Stage 4 wrapup

MORE: Stage 3 wrapup

MORE: Stage 2 wrapup

MORE: Stage 1 wrapup