Top 10 photos of the week: Le Mans edition by James Holland

All Le Mans, all the time. This is our special La Sarthe edition of the Top 10 Photos feature. With photos by James Holland.

Welcome to this week's top 10 photos chosen by our own photo editors, and featuring the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did selecting those photos. And remember that you can write your own comments when you click on those photos and bring up the photo viewer page.

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10. Nico Hulkenberg, the first active F1 driver to win at Le Mans since 1991. Well done to him and teammates Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber for winning in the "other" Porsche. Quick and flawless. 

Porsche Team: Nico Hulkenberg
Porsche Team: Nico Hulkenberg

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9. The most epic driver group photo ever. The amount of talent in this photo rivals some of the best Le Mans years of the past. Some Le Mans vintages are better than others, this one: top 10 easy.

2015 24 hours of Le Mans driver photo
2015 24 hours of Le Mans driver photo

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8. Sure, pole position for a 24 Hour race is pretty irrelevant. But the emotion and prestige is still there. Being the quickest at one of the fastest circuits in the world is something to be proud of. Beating the outright lap record by nearly 2 seconds is something to flaunt.

2015 24 Hours of Le Mans Pole Winner #18 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb
2015 24 Hours of Le Mans Pole Winner #18 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb

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7. Two-thirds of the Audi armada in the forest between Mulsanne and Indianapolis. A magical part of the French countryside.

#9 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro: René Rast, Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi
#9 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro: René Rast, Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi

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6. Steep learning curve for the Nissan squad for sure, but overall they kept their spirits high and just enjoyed the spectacle of Le Mans. Bonus points for that killer shadow play.

#21 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Tsugio Matsuda, Lucas Ordonez, Mark Shulzhitskiy and #22 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Harry Tincknell, Alex Buncombe, Michael Krumm and #23 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Olivier Pla, Jann
#21 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Tsugio Matsuda, Lucas Ordonez, Mark Shulzhitskiy and #22 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Harry Tincknell, Alex Buncombe, Michael Krumm and #23 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Olivier Pla, Jann

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5. Night at Le Mans. Just looking at this make us feel the exhaustion again. The 24 Hours of Le Mans, for competitors/media/photographers/organisers is more than 24 hours. From waking up on Saturday morning to hitting the pillow on Sunday late night, it's more like 45 hours.

Cars start another lap as dawn begins
Cars start another lap as dawn begins

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4. Excellent detail shot of fuel overflow. The grime on the engine cover, the names of the three drivers near the door, the make-shift vent cover (probably installed in the early morning hours). This is unmistakably Le Mans.

#12 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One: Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld, Mathias Beche refueling
#12 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One: Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld, Mathias Beche refueling

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3. Sparks on the Hunaudières. Instant top 3.

Sparks fly behind the #21 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Tsugio Matsuda, Lucas Ordonez, Mark Shulzhitskiy
Sparks fly behind the #21 Nissan Motorsports Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: Tsugio Matsuda, Lucas Ordonez, Mark Shulzhitskiy

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2. Our favorite (of the three) liveried Porsche 919 Hybrid makes another lap of La Sarthe with a fiery sunset as the backdrop.

#17 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#17 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley

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1. Probably THE cliché Le Mans image, but it's just so irresistible. Another Le Mans done. Now, we wait...

Sunrise at Dunlop bridge with clouds
Sunrise at Dunlop bridge with clouds

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