Top 10 photos of the week: 2014-06-18, Le Mans edition by Eric Gilbert

Photos by Eric Gilbert

Top 10 photos of the week: 2014-06-18, Le Mans edition by Eric Gilbert

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. Le Mans is a very special time of year for any racing enthusiast, and probably Motorsport.com's busiest time along with the Monaco GP/Indy 500/Charlotte 600 weekend. We open with an impressive scene-setter at the first chicane on the Hunaudières (Mulsanne Straight).

#13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One - Toyota: Dominik Kraihamer, Andrea Belicchi, Fabio Leimer
#13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One - Toyota: Dominik Kraihamer, Andrea Belicchi, Fabio Leimer

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9. Everything is different at Le Mans, even the light. It seems it's more saturated, more intense than anywhere else.

#90 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia: Frankie Montecalvo, Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti and #73 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor
#90 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia: Frankie Montecalvo, Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti and #73 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor

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8. Porsche's return to the top class of racing at Le Mans made headlines around the world. And overall then end up doing relatively well. This was the scene as one of the 919 Hybrids was pushed to scrutineering in downtown Le Mans.

#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid
#20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid

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7. A new classic shot of all the entries for the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Car group photoshoot
Car group photoshoot

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6. There are parts of the Circuit de la Sarthe that are incredibly well lit, and the Dunlop chicane is one of them. But timing has to be right for this shot to work, because the cars only pass throw this pocket of light for a split second before going off into the darkness and down into Tertre Rouge.

#8 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi
#8 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi

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5. Another classic from Le Mans. But again, where else can you get such an intense view of the fiery morning sky? When the weather is nice at Le Mans, it's magical.

#7 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid: Alexander Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima
#7 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid: Alexander Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima

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4. Girls girls girls! The Praga Girls have entertained fans at the traditional drivers parade on Friday before the race for the past few years and we hope they never stop. Just a part of the incredible atmosphere that envelops Le Mans during this time.

The charming Praga girls
The charming Praga girls

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3. An iconic view from the Hunaudières. The dichotomy of an old inn and restaurant being passed by 300km/h technological marvels never gets old.

#3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro: Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis, #43 Newblood By Morand Racing Morgan - Judd: Christian Klien, Gary Hirsch, Romain Brandela, #77 Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 911 RSR (991): Patrick Dem
#3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro: Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis, #43 Newblood By Morand Racing Morgan - Judd: Christian Klien, Gary Hirsch, Romain Brandela, #77 Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 911 RSR (991): Patrick Dem

Photo by: Eric Gilbert


2. Mark Webber and the rest of the #20 Porsche were caught up in a fierce fight for the win with the #2 Audi until mechanical woes in the 22nd hour put an end to the Stuttgart marque's chances. But after hours of racing, these boys were pushing hard.

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

Photo by: Eric Gilbert


1. Audi triumphant again. So very impressive. Third win by these three men, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler, and Audi's 13th.

Overall race winners Benoit Tréluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fässler celebrate
Overall race winners Benoit Tréluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fässler celebrate

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

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