The start/finish arch
As announced by the ACO last month, the start line at the Circuit de la Sarthe has been moved 145 meters further up the pit straight, opposite the ACO grandstand.
Above is a shot of the brand new arch, designed by architect Christophe Bailleux (the man behind the 2013 Michelin tower). It will be equipped with track lights. Local newspaper Le Maine Libre has reported that it will be sponsored.
Renovation of the Mulsanne Straight planned for this summer
The Syndicat Mixte des 24 Heures du Mans, the public organisation in charge of managing large investments for the Circuit de la Sarthe, has announced plans for construction work on Le Mans’s Hunaudières – also known to fans as the Mulsanne Straight.
The project will involve the creation of new removable fences running from Tertre Rouge corner to the Second Chicane as well as the revamping of the stormwater collection system in this area.
Two phases are planned. The first is set to begin in early spring and end before the 24 Hours of Le Mans’s test day. The second phase, which will focus on the new collection and drainage system, will start right after Le Mans Classic in July.
The Hunaudières, which is a public road, will not be closed to trafic during these operations.
This will be the third significant renovation of the famous straight in the last decade. It was fully resurfaced in 2001, and the Tertre Rouge’s corner exit coming off the straight was modified in 2014, after Allan Simonsen’s fatal accident.