Rolex And En­durance

The road to the 24 hours of Le Mans

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Sixty cars lined up on the grid be­fore the French Tri­colour flag dropped to mark the start of the 85th edi­tion of this pres­ti­gious event at Cir­cuit de la Sarthe, and the third round of the 2017 FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship. As the Rolex clock be­gins its 24-hour count­down, the drivers and cars will em­bark on their quest to con­quer one of the ul­ti­mate tests of hu­man and tech­ni­cal per­for­mance. The 2017 run­ning of Le Mans will be par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for Rolex Tes­ti­monee and leg­endary 24 Hours of Le Mans win­ner, Tom Kris­tensen, who this year proudly cel­e­brates the twen­ti­eth an­niver­sary of his first ever vic­tory at Cir­cuit de la Sarthe. This sig­nif­i­cant win marked the start of a suc­cess­ful racing ca­reer as the Dane went on to win eight more times at Le Mans, a feat un­matched by any other driver in the race’s lengthy his­tory.

Ahead of this year’s race, Tom Kris­tensen said: “It does not feel like twenty years ago since my de­but win – in some ways it feels like it was only yes­ter­day. When I re­flect on my record of wins, at what many con­sider to be one of the great­est races in the world, with the dif­fer­ent cars, teams and team­mates dur­ing all

those years, it makes me feel in­cred­i­bly proud – it was the best jour­ney of my life.”

Rolex has been the Of­fi­cial Time­piece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2001, re­flect­ing the brand’s long-term com­mit­ment to mo­tor sport at the high­est level and pas­sion for push­ing the bound­aries of ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion. Rolex Tes­ti­monee, multiple For­mula 1 Grand Prix win­ner and 2015 FIA World En­durance Cham­pion, Mark Web­ber, the Grand Mar­shal for this year’s race, drove the pace car dur­ing the for­ma­tion lap and pulled off the track as the race started. “It is a great honour for me to be Grand Mar­shal at this unique and in­cred­i­ble cir­cuit – start­ing the race will be an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Hav­ing raced at Cir­cuit de la Sarthe I know first-hand how the drivers and teams will be feel­ing as they pre­pare for the long and ex­haust­ing 24 hours; to fin­ish, and have a shot at vic­tory, the race de­mands a dif­fi­cult com­bi­na­tion of speed and re­li­a­bil­ity,” Mark Web­ber said be­fore the event.

In line with its pas­sion for speed and drive to push back the bound­aries of what is pos­si­ble, Rolex part­ners the

FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship as well as the three world-class en­durance events that have come to form the Triple Crown of en­durance racing: the Rolex 24 At DAY­TONA, the 12 Hours of Se­bring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. En­gine speed and re­li­a­bil­ity, along with team and driver stamina are mag­ni­fied dur­ing th­ese chal­leng­ing races, which re­quire unique con­cen­tra­tion, skill and men­tal strength.

Mark Web­ber

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