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18. And they're off...
Motor sport challenges in Europe
Racing rivalries in Japan
Motor sports in the U.S.A
Rallying and other challenges
The Road to Le Mans
Racing rotaries of today
Chapter 5: The road to glory at Le Mans(18/22)
18. And they're off...

  Following qualification, all the teams enjoyed a day off. Then, at four p.m. on June 22, the Le Mans race began with a rolling start, and all hopes were pinned on the goal 24 hours away. Thirty eight cars had made it through qualifying. The rules placed the top 10 cars from Category 1 at the front of the grid, with all the rest lined up behind according to qualifying times. Although the Mazdas had set good lap times, this rule meant the three cars - cars 55, 18 and 56 - were pushed back to 19th, 23rd and 30th positions along with powerful teams such as Mercedes, Jaguar and Porsche. However, with some aggressive driving, car 55 managed to get as high as third place by lap 12 when it came in for its first pitstop. The other two cars were also lapping well. His eyes still burning with excitement, David Kennedy, driver of car 18, recalled, "In the first 50 minutes I got past nearly all of the Porsches. It was the most thrilling race I'd ever been in."

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