The Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the defining races in motorsport. So it's appropriate that the 2017 running of the twice-round-the-clock endurance classic clearly presented us with the fundamental tensions at the heart of 21st century in microcosm.
Four aspects of the race highlighted the problems that the sport as a whole, not just Le Mans itself or even sportscar racing in the broader sense, is taking on. And each of these aspects is stuck between the proverbial rock and the hard place in terms of what to do.
Firstly, we have what happened right at the front of the race. There were a grand total of six LMP1 cars entered, which is a pitiful number no matter how you spin it.