Last weekend, more than 110,000 fans from all over the world gathered at the Le Mans circuit to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Le Mans Classic. As the chief partner and official timer of the Le Mans Classic since the first edition in 2002, Richard Mille is naturally indispensable for this event.
Richard Mille hosts 2012 Le Mans Classic (Photo by Didier Gourdon)
The classic car race is divided into six groups. Drivers rewrite the history of racing on the Le Mans 24-hour track. This internationally famous track is more than 12 kilometers long. 1,000 riders raced on the track, including some well-known drivers, six of whom were former winners of the Le Mans 24-hour race. Like Derek Bell and Emanuele Pirro, they have won five times five times. Of course, the starting point of the track also includes gentleman drivers from 30 different countries, and French celebrity François Fillon. FIA Chairman Jean Todt Jean Tod – accompanied by Richard Mille Brand Ambassador and actress Michelle Yeoh – appeared at the venue on July 7 (Saturday) at 4 pm to start the race .
After 24 hours of racing, the following teams reached the finish line first and were excited to win the 6th Le Mans Classic: Grid 1 (1929/1939), Talbot Lago by Traber / Tenery, Grid 2 (1949 / 1956) Jaguar Type D by Gavin Pickering, Lotus 15 by Grid 3 (1957/1961), Lotus 15 by Wills / Twyman / Pirro, Voyazides / D’Abel de Libran by Grid 4 (1962/1965) Ford GT40, Grid 5 (1966/1971) group B. Thuner’s Lola T70 MKIII and Grid 6 (1972/1979) group Chris MacAllister’s Gulf Mirage. It is particularly worth mentioning that Richard Mille’s friend and partner Dominique Guenat did an excellent job. He drove a 1976 Lola T286 and achieved the third place in the Grid 6 category.
Richard Mille hosts 2012 Le Mans Classic (photo by Didier Gourdon)
In addition to the competition, many other highlights include the celebration that kicked off on Friday with a parade of 23 Ferrari 250 GTOs (total production is only 38). This year is the 50th anniversary of this Italian classic brand; the Little Big Mans event, in Before the official race started on Saturday, 7-12 year old children drove the legendary branded miniature replica car quickly around the track, attracting thunderous applause from the audience; an auction hosted by Artcurial Auction House and hosted by Hervé Poulain, Provide collectors with the opportunity to obtain rare classics, such as the Ferrari 275 GTC, which sold more than 1.5 million euros; a record display of about 8,000 vintage cars representing 170 vintage car clubs and different brands, all It proves that the importance of Le Mans classic car racing is growing year by year.
In honor of the ongoing partnership with Le Mans Classic, Richard Mille also released two limited editions that inherit the style essence of Le Mans Classic during the sixth race Watch, mechanical watch fans have a sneak preview on the weekend.
The RM 011 LMC Automatic Chronograph and RM 008 LMC Tourbillon Chronograph are two technologically advanced, high-performance sports watches that adopt a timing method designed and developed for the event, embodying all the history and the close combination of timing and motorsport. collective effect.