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Le Mans 2017 newbie - help needed with plans

Le Mans 2017 newbie - help needed with plans

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Hammond1073

45 posts

24 months

Tuesday 3rd January
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For Friday you need to head to The Great British Welcome at St Saturnin. Also worth a drive up the Mulsanne Last year Ford put on a car show at the top of the straight. Personally I would ignore the drivers parade unless you get there really early.

MrC986

1,564 posts

104 months

Tuesday 3rd January
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Don't forget the PH organised events which last year included a pitstop on the way to LM although you may have to use the autoroute to do this if it happens in '17. There are some great roads from Caen if you want to avoid the tolls & much more relaxed with no queuing at the peages as well (plus plentiful places to stop for coffee or beer for the passengers wink )

Lovey1

74 posts

94 months

Wednesday 4th January
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If you are there on the Thursday make sure you get to the circuit for qualifying if its not wet. There can be some superb action at dusk when the circuits at its fastest. Also the grandstands are free and its a chance to recce for future visits...because you will go again...and again...and again

Dave Thornton

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171 posts

62 months

Wednesday 4th January
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Hammond1073 said:
For Friday you need to head to The Great British Welcome at St Saturnin. Also worth a drive up the Mulsanne Last year Ford put on a car show at the top of the straight. Personally I would ignore the drivers parade unless you get there really early.
Thanks for the tip about The Great British Welcome at St Saturnin - Friday is already looking full with this, the opportunity to walk up and down the pit lane and potentially the Drivers Parade.

Are you saying you can drive up the Mulsanne on the Friday i.e. drive part of the circuit?

ellroy

4,332 posts

138 months

Wednesday 4th January
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It's a main road, so unless shut for racing or qualifying anyone can use it.
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Hammond1073

45 posts

24 months

Wednesday 4th January
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We always run up the Mulsanne on Friday well worth the drive and usually things happening around as well.

Hammond1073

45 posts

24 months

Wednesday 4th January
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Obviously goes without saying, don't forget to get stickered up.

Great Dane

2,050 posts

79 months

Friday 6th January
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Tenth time this year... Going for scruteneering on Monday as campsites only open midday Sunday... Did it last year... best thing I ever did at LM...

FredericRobinson

1,075 posts

145 months

Saturday 7th January
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If you want to have a run up and down the Mulsanne on Friday I'd do it fairly early in the morning, say before 11, it can get a bit messy down by the Chinese by lunchtime as the Stella kicks in, the traffic gets held up and congested. The gendarmes have been known to step in, sometimes closing the road for a while.

slartibartfast

3,459 posts

114 months

Sunday 8th January
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FredericRobinson said:
If you want to have a run up and down the Mulsanne on Friday I'd do it fairly early in the morning, say before 11, it can get a bit messy down by the Chinese by lunchtime as the Stella kicks in, the traffic gets held up and congested. The gendarmes have been known to step in, sometimes closing the road for a while.
Agree, I'd advise taking a run up Mulsanne between 9 and 10 and no later as I've seen it get busy after that! also you'll probably find the only areas you can drive are Porsche curves down to Arnage then have to drive around to Mulsanne corner the long was as they don't allow cars from Arnage to Mulsanne corner via Indy. then from Mulsanna up to Tetre rouge excluding the chicanes as they are fenced off and plod will move you swiftly on.

joema

1,862 posts

92 months

Wednesday 11th January
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If you want to drive on the track then earlier the week the better.

My favourite bit used to be Indianapolis, you even got to take some kerbs but that was closed off last year due to some event.

As said above, try to have your car off the road before lunch back at your tent or be prepared to face the mad Friday crowd.

MrC986

1,564 posts

104 months

Wednesday 11th January
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joema said:
If you want to drive on the track then earlier the week the better.

My favourite bit used to be Indianapolis, you even got to take some kerbs but that was closed off last year due to some event.

As said above, try to have your car off the road before lunch back at your tent or be prepared to face the mad Friday crowd.
Or if you're staying till Monday, then Monday morning is a good time to drive the public sections of the circuit.