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SKY Sport set to broadcast 24 Hours of Le Mans live in full

SKY Sport will broadcast the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans live and in full for what is understood to be the first time in New Zealand history. 

 

This will be the first time SKY Sport has broadcast the race. Never before has the World Endurance Championship been shown live, with series like NASCAR, IndyCar and the Formula 1 World Championship all taking priority. 

 

New Zealand has four drivers lining up for the final notch in the motorsport calendar triple crown. Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber team up in the no. 2 Porsche 919 LMP1-Hybrid alongside Timo Bernhard. 

 

Meanwhile, Richie Stanaway will join Danish duo Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim in the Aston Martin Racing Vantage in the GTE-Pro class.

 

Also competing in the GTE-Pro field is four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon. He'll race for the Chip Ganassi Racing Team with Australian Ryan Briscoe and British driver Richard Westbrook.

 

So far, the Kiwis in the Porsche haven't been as quick as the leading Toyota TS050 LMP1-Hybrids. In the first qualifying session Hartley and Bamber were third quickest. 

 

However, in GTE-Pro, Stanaway's Aston Martin was quickest. Sorensen's time of 3:52.117 was just quicker than the second and third placed AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs.

 

If their time holds up, they'll start on pole position. There are two more qualifying sessions remaining before Europe's greatest endurance race kicks off. 

 

Qualifying two and three take place at 4.45am and 7.45am NZST respectively. The 24 Hours of Le Mans kicks off at 12:30am Sunday. 

 

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