Pit Walk Pass Questions

Pit Walk Pass Questions

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Philip-8km5h

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43 posts

22 months

Monday 11th March
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Hi All,

I'm planning on arriving on the Wednesday this year instead of my usual Thursday afternoon, and was hoping to do the pit walk on Wednesday during the day. What I didn't realise is that you apparently need a very expensive ticket to get access to the pits on this day (as opposed to it being free on Friday).

What do you get for this ticket price? Is it just a wander about on a quiet Wednesday, or is there other stuff too?

Thanks,
Phil.

gt6

1,115 posts

124 months

Monday 11th March
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Not sure paying money will get you get one. On Wednesday and thursday the pit lane is busy with cars going in and out and i doubt they sell tickets for it as it would be dangerous. On friday there are no cars going in or out of the garages you just walk up and down looking into the garages.

Philip-8km5h

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43 posts

22 months

Monday 11th March
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There is apparently an actual pit walk on Wednesday, and you can buy a ticket for it. It’s expensive though. Just wondering what else you get for it.

leyorkie

832 posts

115 months

Monday 11th March
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I’m with gt6 on this. Can’t see anything on the ticketing website. Wednesday is practice starting at 16:00.
I’ve been on Wednesday for years being local it’s a must very quiet spectator wise.
Never seen a pit walk.

Please provide link to tickets please.

Truckosaurus

6,816 posts

223 months

Monday 11th March
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There are certain pit walk tickets, including ones that gets you on the grid in the lead up to the start (if 'GT6' wracks his memory bank he might recall that one of our mutual acquaintances did it last year).
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gt6

1,115 posts

124 months

Monday 11th March
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Yes i know there are very expensive grid walk tickets on race day before the race but nothing much happens before the race, to have pit lane walks on wednesday and thursday during the practice and qualy sessions would be very dangerous and very unlikely.

delta0

1,103 posts

45 months

Monday 11th March
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I believe the pitwalk ticket gives you access to the pits during the race. Obviously supervised/guided for your safety.

Philip-8km5h

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43 posts

22 months

Monday 11th March
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Thanks to responses all. I’ll confirm what and how much and let you know if you’re interested.

vincegail

2,021 posts

94 months

Tuesday 12th March
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Yes, spread the knowledge please!

Printertosh

486 posts

107 months

Tuesday 12th March
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There used to be Wednesday pit walks but you needed a special ticket unless you were like my mates who in 2017 wandered in oblivious to it and didn't realise they'd just walked straight by the person who was meant to check them. They couldn't work out why there wasn't many people doing it biggrin They got some great photos.

We tried it again last year and failed frownbiggrin

Here's a link to the schedule showing pits are open to certain ticket holders 10.00 til 15.00 on the Wednesday:
https://www.lemans.org/en/program/schedule/95 (Click on Wednesday)
There's also a link to ticket site too if you click on world icon but can't find a pit pass!

Found it. It's €650!!!! eek (€420 if ACO member)
https://ticket.lemans.org/mes-billets-dentree-auto...
It's under entrance tickets. Click on '+more info on this ticket' to see what you get for your money. (Think it includes standard admission and parking).

Edited by Printertosh on Tuesday 12th March 14:20

Truckosaurus

6,816 posts

223 months

Tuesday 12th March
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Good find, but it doesn't (unless I am blind) say what the 'temporary' access to the Pitlane involves.

Printertosh

486 posts

107 months

Wednesday 13th March
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Truckosaurus said:
Good find, but it doesn't (unless I am blind) say what the 'temporary' access to the Pitlane involves.
Yes usual vague news from ACO biggrin

The link to the schedule just mentions you need a pit lane ticket on the Wednesday from 10.00h til 15.00h. I doubt they let any of the public in the pits on the Thursday any more as track action starts at 8.30h now instead of 16.00h a few years back.

DS240

2,703 posts

157 months

Wednesday 13th March
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Looked at it before and tried to weigh up options ‘as a treat’ to do something different.

The vagueness of the details for an expensive ticket didn’t really sell it for me.

As far as I can see, it simply means general entry, access to the paddock all the time and a temporary pit pass (whenever that means?).

I assume this wouldn’t allow access to the grid before the race also?

I don’t know whether others can shed any light about whether being in the paddock opens up other opportunities like teams being open to being in their garages or blagging hospitality.

I just seems to be a unique way to experience the race. It must be easy to bump into drivers and other interesting people. I think it might also allow access through the ‘private’ tunnel which leads straight from aco stand area into the paddock.

Philip-8km5h

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43 posts

22 months

Wednesday 13th March
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My thoughts exactly. Do you know what they mean by paddock access during the race?

Output Flange

16,182 posts

150 months

Wednesday 13th March
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DS240 said:
I just seems to be a unique way to experience the race. It must be easy to bump into drivers and other interesting people. I think it might also allow access through the ‘private’ tunnel which leads straight from aco stand area into the paddock.
The ACO have a lounge that overlooks the pit lane - I wonder if it grants you access to that? I went there last year for the last 15 mins of the race, and to see the winning Toyota come down the pitlane with the three drivers aboard.

DS240

2,703 posts

157 months

Wednesday 13th March
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I did get on one of the little tours the ACO were doing a couple of years ago during the race.

Through the tunnel, which would be nice to have access to. Edge of pit lane which was cool and seeing in the paddock was interesting. With more time I’m sure you’d be able to spot or chat to interesting people. Or just interesting to see a bit more behind the scenes.

Up the control/podium building was also nice to see the track from a different angle.

Bit rushed but I could see how it would be fun to try out one year.

If grid access was included, that would be good. I just don’t know how much decent access would be able to be blagged or allowed.

Also feel a bit mixed about hospitality (especially if paid for). I’d feel like you have to be there all the time to get your value, but then you’ve just been stuck to one place all race and missed a lot of the event.

Suppose the beauty of repeated visits is try one thing and adjust the next year if it wasn’t any good or just mix it up from time to time for a different routine.

FredericRobinson

1,613 posts

171 months

Thursday 14th March
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The paddock is normally open on Wednesdays and Thursdays for free

James_N

2,095 posts

173 months

Thursday 14th March
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Truckosaurus said:
There are certain pit walk tickets, including ones that gets you on the grid in the lead up to the start (if 'GT6' wracks his memory bank he might recall that one of our mutual acquaintances did it last year).
I had one of these a while back during one LM race meet. a friend who i met camping in Houx managed to get me one via his ACO membership. Off the top of my head it was a shade over €400. It got us in the pits any time of the week as long as there was no racing on. It was nice to have a wonder around and a chat when the pits weren't busy. My camping buddy lent his pass to my mum, so my parents got to wonder on the grid before the race.

Pretty cool but expensive. Split between 4 of us, the cost wasn;t too bad but i wouldn't pay it again probably.