24-Hour Le Mans: What’s in a Number?
From Brian Laban, in Le Mans
In about five hours time, at 3pm local, a Porsche will start Le Mans from pole position. It will be the seventeenth time that that has happened. If any of the three Porsche 919 Hybrids holds off the marauding Audi R18 e-tron quattros (which will definitely give them a run for their money) it would be Porsche’s seventeenth outright Le Mans win. It’s seventeen years since a Porsche last won, in 1998 with McNish, Aiello and Ortelli in the 911 GT1-98. The Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley, which was probably considered the-car-most-likely in the build up (before Neel Jani nicked pole from under their noses), carries the number 17. Just saying. . .