24 Hours of Le Mans – Scrutineering is underway
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24 Hours of Le Mans – Scrutineering is underway

The 24 Hours of Le Mans race week traditionally begins with the technical and administrative verifications, known as “scrutineering”. Forty-one cars will be inspected today.

Test Day for the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on Sunday. However, the competitors must undergo a battery of technical and administrative checks before they can take to the track. The #46 Porsche 911 RSR of Team Project 1 was the first to be welcomed by the scrutineers at 08:30 this morning. No fewer than 41 cars are due to be examined by 17:20 today, with the remaining 21 scheduled for tomorrow. The two Glickenhaus 007 LMHs fielded by Glickenhaus Racing in the new Hypercar class are expected at 9:50 and 10:00. The Porsche GT Team’s 911 RSR-19s follow at 10:10 and 10:20. Two of their LMGTE Pro rivals, the Corvette C8.Rs of Corvette Racing, are due in at 14:50 and 15:00. The Toyota GR010 Hybrids will be examined later this afternoon, at 15:50 and 16:00. The scrutineers will end the day with Herberth Motorsport’s #69 Porsche.

What do the technical verifications involve?

During the technical verifications, the scrutineers check that the cars comply with the regulations including the weight, dimensions and underbody. They pay special attention to all the cars’ safety features and especially the fire extinguisher, lights, seat and harness. They also check the transponder that records the times of every car out on the track. Once the inspections have been completed, the competitors are declared fit to take part in Test Day, Free Practice and Qualifying. The cars will be examined once again when the race is over. That’s why the classification at the end of the 24 hours remains provisional until all the tests have been wrapped up!