How to prepare an amateur for Le Mans sensory overload
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How to prepare an amateur for Le Mans sensory overload

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The 23-car GTE Am field promises to be one of the most open in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, with the added jeopardy of managing the enthusiasm of amateur drivers to boot, as Absolute Racing Porsche driver Marco Seefried explains

I can’t remember any year where there were so many cars as we have in the GTE Am class at Le Mans this year, and I have to say it’s quite a competitive field. Nowadays some bronze-graded drivers are capable of lap times that some of the higher-rated drivers aren’t able to beat, so for the rookies going up against such strong line-ups who have done it several times already is a tough challenge.

When I last raced at Le Mans in 2015, my team-mate Patrick Long had already made 11 starts, and this time I’m the one who has the most experience in my #18 Absolute Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19. It’s a big mission for Alessio Picariello and I as the pros to get our bronze co-driver Andrew Haryanto feeling in the best way, sharing with him all the small details. And it’s not just about coaching to gain performance either.

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