Third Le Mans Passion Share  - From noise to silence

Third Le Mans Passion Share - From noise to silence

27.04.2017: The third Le Mans Passion Share on 26-27 April combined 24-Hours drivers and professional freedivers for an original challenge

The third Le Mans Passion Share on 26-27 April combined 24-Hours drivers and professional freedivers for an original challenge: to bring together two worlds, which à priori are diametrically opposed. It was an experience as rare as it was enriching, and which gave those taking part their fair share of surprises.





Speed, noise, a mechanical environment and battles with the others on the one hand, weightlessness, silence, a natural element, and a battle with oneself on the other: driving a racing car and freediving would seem to have absolutely nothing in common.



Indeed, without this unique occasion created by Le Mans Passion Share these two worlds would probably never have met. It would have been a pity as these top-level sports and the sportsmen/women who practice them share several points in common.




Rémy Dubern, one of the freedivers who took part in this meeting, summed up this parallel beautifully: “Driving and freediving are both very similar and yet radically opposed like Yin and Yang.” Four drivers from the Le Mans 24 Hours and four multi-titled freedivers played the game and slipped into the skin of the other and emerged from it stronger.
 


In keeping with the tradition of Le Mans Passion Share, an event launched on the initiative of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the Le Mans 24-Hours drivers were the first to welcome their guests before being welcomed in turn in their universe.



Thus, inside the mythical Le Mans circuit Stéphane Sarrazin, Julien Canal, Mathias Beche and Christophe Tinseau greeted the freedivers Alice Modolo, Pierre Frola, Rémy Dubern and Arthur Guerin-Boëri on Wednesday 26th April. 
 


They had a day in which to learn how to drive a racing car, absorb a whole host of new sensations and live the magic of Le Mans in the Pescarlo Prototypes used in the Le Mans Driver driving school, which have been given a whole new look. These open cars with 360 bhp for a weight of 820 kg are smaller versions of the prototypes that race in the Le Mans 24 Hours.



For the freedivers the experience began with a technical briefing in which the basics of racing driving were explained: trajectories, digressive braking, transfer of loads and then it was time to put in the driver suits very different to the ones they are familiar with. “It’s much bigger and it doesn’t even keep you warm,” quipped Pierre Frolla.
 


Under the watchful eye of their teachers for a day the freedivers set off to conquer the Bugatti circuit at the wheel of the prototypes. They seemed pretty gifted and soon learned the ropes: “They’re top-level sportsmen and women who are used to carrying out technical gestures with rigour and precision,” said Julien Canal.



After their first laps of the track the novice drivers took off their helmets and had beaming smiles on their faces. “It’s incredible! The sensations are amazing. At the start you focus on what you have to do and then you manage to let yourself go and you really enjoy it. In this respect it’s very similar to freediving except that here you have to concentrate for a much longer period,” was how Frolla analysed the situation.

 

As they reeled off the laps their confidence grew. The professional drivers’ advice became more specific. The freedivers were completely involved. Before getting back behind the wheel Alice Modolo repeated the best way to get round each corner with Mathias Bèche, her partner for the day.



Even the arrival of the rain didn’t dampen their ardour. But Arthur Guerin-Boëri who is over 2 metres tall had to admit that while his height isn’t a handicap in freediving, it’s not really the ideal size for a racing driver!
 


“After what I’ve experienced today I can die! Maybe I’m exaggerating, but that’s what I really feel,” said Alice when the day ended. The freedivers were completely won over and also exhausted by their physical involvement and their extreme concentration when they left the Le Mans circuit.



 However, they were absolutely determined to make the drivers experience very different but just as thrilling sensations in turn on the morrow.
 


After the Bugatti circuit it was rendezvous time for all the participants in Le Mans Passion Share at the dive pit in Villeneuve-la-Garenne. Like the previous day it kicked off with a briefing on the safety rules and the compensation techniques to avoid pain in the eardrums due to the depth.



And then it was time to plunge in at the deep end! After some breathing exercises in dry conditions each driver joined up with his other half for a themed exercise: dynamic freediving, constant weight and free immersion, they had to learn all the tricks of the trade! 
 


By listening to the expert advice of the freedivers the drivers were soon completely at home under the water. This didn’t surprise Arthur: “They have an ability to concentrate which enables them to assimilate and then use a large amount of information.”



 Alice was pretty impressed! “They’re gifted! I didn’t think that they’d be able to let go so easily as they’re in a dynamic state under tension when they’re in their cars.”



The workshops continued and the drivers’ competitive spirit pushed them to compare their performances in the dive pit The verdict: level pegging as they all managed to go down to 20 metres! 
 

But what was more important was that they all enjoyed it and felt new sensations. “It’s magic! I didn’t imagine I’d have such an impression of speed when you go down in freefall. And down below I felt good; it’s calm, you’re outside reality,” said Stéphane Sarrazin. Mathias said it was an enriching experience for their own sport.



“It would be good for us to work on breathing and relaxing before getting into the car.” In the depths of the pit the drivers were no longer battling against rivals but against themselves and their primary survival instinct – breathing! It was a rare experience of exceeding one’s limits.
 

By bringing together freediving and race car driving, two sports which à priori are diametrically opposed, Le Mans Passion Share once again proved that top-level sportsmen and women all speak the same language based on concentration, the search for limits and respect for performance and passion.



When the drivers are about to get into the car for a stint in the coming Le Mans 24 Hours, they’ll certainly think about how to breathe and how to relax. The freedivers have said that they’ll be there to cheer them on in the race!

 


The drivers



Stéphane Sarrazin
French racing driver
15 starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours, 5 podiums
LM P1 Toyota driver in the 2017 race


Julien Canal
French racing driver
6 starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours, 3 victories in LM GT
LM P2 Vaillante-Rebellion driver in the 2017 race


Mathias Beche
Swiss racing driver
5 starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours
LM P2 Vaillante-Rebellion driver in the 2017 race


Christophe Tinseau
French racing driver
12 starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours
Driving instructor at the ACO Le Mans Driver driving school

 



The freedivers




Alice Modolo
French freediver
Runner-up in the world championship, holder of numerous records in France
Star of the clip of Runnin’ by Naughty Boy with Beyoncé


Pierre Frolla
Monegasque freediver
Winner of two world championship titles and one French championship title 


Rémy Dubern
French freediver
Winner of one world championship title and one French championship title 


Arthur Guerin-Boëri
French freediver
Winner of five world championship titles and holder of three world records 




-ACO also photo



Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/third-le-mans-passion-share-freedrivers---164096.html

27.04.2017 / MaP

More News

Innovative new LM GTE Balance of Performance System to be introduced
05.04.2017
For many decades, the inclusion of Grand Touring sportscars has been an integral part of major endurance racing events across the globe, most notably the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Competitors and fans have benefited from the high performing, evocative more >>
Le Mans 2017: Pierre Kaffer startet im Ferrari von Risi Competizione
01.04.2017
Ein Highlight des Jahres in einem ganz besonderen Team: Pierre Kaffer bestreitet die 24 Stunden von Le Mans 2017 im Ferrari 488 GTE des Teams Risi CompetizionePierre Kaffer steht vor seinem elften more >>
Risi Competizione announces driver lineup for 24h Le Mans 2017
30.03.2017
The Houston, Texas-based Risi Competizione today announced the driver line-up for the 85th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, scheduled for June 17-18. The team's 2017 season regulars, Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander, will be joined by former more >>
Cetilar Villorba Corse unveils its Dallara for the Le Mans 24 Hours
15.03.2017
On Saturday, March 25 at 17:30hrs near the famous Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italian team will present the new LMP2 prototype and the 2017 season with racing drivers Andrea Belicchi, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Roberto Lacorte, who, during this exclusive event, will also be awarded by his Municipality more >>
BMW to supply official pace cars for Le Mans
10.03.2017
BMW and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest have signed an agreement making the German car manufacturer the official vehicle supplier at the Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans, both during and outside race events. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (AC more >>
Road to Le Mans - 2nd staging in 2017
17.02.2017
The success of the first Road to Le Mans in 2016 has encouraged the Automobile Club de l’Ouest with the help of Le Mans Endurance Management (promoter of the Michelin Le Mans Cup Series), to organise the event for the second year running as a curtain-raiser to the Le Mans 24 Ho more >>
Risi Competizione receives invitation for 24h Le Mans
14.02.2017
Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM No. 62: Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA), Toni Vilander (FIN) Risi Competizione Finish Second in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans RaceRisi Competizione have received their offic more >>
Le Mans 2017: mehr Teams auf Dunlop
10.02.2017
•    Dunlop von 84 Prozent der ELMS-Teams gewählt•    Comic-Held Michel Vaillant wird Partner von Dunlop•    Neue Dunlop Re more >>
British Racing Injured Troops en route to Le Mans 24h
09.02.2017
Why are these injured troops jumping for joy? 2017 is set to be the biggest year yet for Team BRIT as we make a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT next week.We have been working hard, bringing together our new team of drivers and making plans more >>
Rob Bell joins TF Sport for Le Mans 24 Hours
08.02.2017
McLaren GT factory driver, Rob Bell, joins TF Sport, an official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team, for this year’s running of the famed Le Mans 24 Hours race, campaigning the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE with the team’s regular driver, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey. Rob returns to the hallowed Le Sarthe circuit for a ninth time more >>
A large presence of Ligiers in the ELMS and the Le Mans 24 Hours
03.02.2017
Yesterday, during a web conference live from Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest unveiled the official lists of entries for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, the World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series. 15 teams ha more >>
Cetilar Villorba Corse at Le Mans 24 Hours with Belicchi/ Lacorte/ Sernagiotto
02.02.2017
Cetilar Villorba Corse will take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 17-18, 2017. Italian team was allowed to enter the legendary endurance race by ACO Le Mans. This notable achievement completely fulfills the &l more >>
24h Le Mans Entry List 2017
02.02.2017
LIST OF THE COMPETITORS AND CARS INVITED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE CHECKINGS & SCRUTINEERING - SUNDAY 11th & MONDAY 12th JUNE more >>
24 Hours of Le Mans - A fabulous field !
02.02.2017
Today, Thursday 2nd February, live from Le Mans the Automobile Club de l’Ouest unveiled in exclusivity in an innovative interactive format on the internet the list of the 60 cars invited to take part in the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours. The 85th more >>
Only 1 day to go! Before the reveal of the field for the Le Mans 24 Hours
01.02.2017
Web conference  Launch of the 2017 endurance season Who will be at the start of the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours? Reply in exactly 24 hours! Tomorrow at 16:00 the Automobile Club de l’Ouest will reveal live from Le Mans the list of the 60 cars selected to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours on 17th June. This announcement more >>
2017 Le Mans 24 Hours Concerts
27.01.2017
Kool & the Gang, Amir  and the Celtic Social Club top the bill! The Automobile Club de l’Ouest always hits the headlines with the three fabulous free concert evenings.* These mind-boggling musical events more >>
14 teams invited for 24h Le Mans 2017
23.01.2017
With just 10 days to go to the announcement of the complete list of teams selected for the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours on 17-18 June, 14 teams have already won an invitation to participate in qualifying for the 2017 Sarthe Classic. These have been awarded more >>
2017 Le Mans 24 Hours poster unveiled!
15.12.2016
For once, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest is giving all endurance fans an early present a few days before Christmas and 50 days before announcing the list of entries on 2nd February for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, by unveiling the official poster of the 85th staging of more >>
Villorba Corse and Cetilar join forces for Le Mans 2017
30.11.2016
Italian team unveils its new Dallara LMP2 livery aiming to participate in the legendary 24 Hours alongside its full ELMS campaign with Belicchi / Lacorte / SernagiottoScuderia Villorba Corse reinf more >>
2016 Le Mans 24 Hours in the cinema and in live streaming on myACO
21.11.2016
On Thursday 24th November 2016 the premier of the official film of the 2016 Le Mans 24-Hours race will take place in the Mega CGR in Saint-Saturnin-Le Mans at 20:00. Numerous distinguished guests will participate in this exceptional eveni more >>
Technical data Porsche 911 RSR model year 2017
16.11.2016
New Porsche 911 RSR for Le MansConceptSingle-seater race car for the LM-GTE categoryWeight/dimensionsWeight ca. 1,243 kg (base weigh more >>
New Porsche 911 RSR for Le Mans
16.11.2016
 The most spectacular nine-eleven everPorsche will tackle the 2017 racing season with an all-out newly developed GT racer. The new 911 RSR makes full use of the breadth of the Le Mans 24 Hours GT regulations, and in addition to systema more >>
The Bugatti Circuit of Le Mans starts afresh-thanks to Shell Cariphalte Racetrack
15.11.2016
After over 12 years of heavy use, the Bugatti Circuit of Le Mans has undergone renovation to replace its top layer of asphalt. Despite the excellent structure of the existing track, the renovation was necessary because of the performan more >>
The 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours in the cinema on 24th November!
08.11.2016
It will take place on Thursday 24th November at 20:00 in Le Mans and the film can also be seen in live streaming on myACO.As has been the case every year since 2011, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest in partnership the Mega CGR in Saint Saturnin &nda more >>
ACO statement on Audi withdrawal from FIA WEC
26.10.2016
Official statement following Audi’s announcement today about its withdrawal from endurance racing.Following Audi’s announcement today about its withdrawal from endurance racing, comments more >>
Le Mans Circuits 2017 Calendar
25.10.2016
While the Inter Ecuries, the last event on the Le Mans circuits in 2016, will take place on 29-30 October and the Bugatti circuit is being revamped and resurfaced, it’s already time to look forward to 2017. The densely-packed calendar comprises no more >>
2017 Le Mans 24 Hours - Ticket office opens on 28th October
24.10.2016
The ticket office for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours opens on Friday 28th October at 10:00. The greatest endurance race in the world, which is also the third round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, is scheduled for 17-18 June 2017. So d more >>
Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA WEC to be broadcast on Eurosport
14.10.2016
---for the next four yearsEurosport has signed a long-term deal to present live coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship, negotiated by Infront Sports & Media, the exclusive media rights partner of The Automobile more >>
BMW will make its comeback to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2018!
27.09.2016
This morning BMW announced its official comeback to the LM GTE category in 2018 in both the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The German manufacturer will join in the battle between the ultimate GTs o more >>
FIA WEC and 24h Le Mans 2017 decisions
24.06.2016
FIA World Endurance ChampionshipThe following dates for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans have been approved for 17 and 18 June 2017 – the test day will be on 4 June 2017. The remaining FIA World Endurance Championship calendar will more >>
Shell landmarks at the 2016 Le Mans 24h
23.06.2016
  The dramatic 84th running of the Le Mans 24h proved to be another thrilling endorsement of the sport’s current regulations – and a landmark achievement for Shell. As the Official Fuel Partner to the FIA World En more >>
Thiriet by TDS Racing, so close to its goal !
23.06.2016
After difficult practices due to changing weather conditions, Thiriet by TDS Racing behaved very well at the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The #46 Oreca 05 was always in the lead but had to withdraw early morning.   more >>
Oliver Bryant claims strong ninth in Le Mans debut
22.06.2016
British GT race winner Oliver Bryant finished ninth on his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut at the 84th edition of the French endurance classic, driving the Team AAI-entered #57 Corvette C7.R supported by ProSpeed Competition in the LMGTE-Am class.Having won ove more >>
Menezes: Winning Le Mans the best day of my life!
22.06.2016
•    Endurance racing rookie tames world’s biggest sportscar test•    21-year-old part of Signatech-Alpine’s victorious LMP2 trio•    California native produces imp more >>
Michelin Rückblick: 24 Stunden von Le Mans 2016
22.06.2016
•    Michelin macht 25. Le Mans-Sieg komplett und gewinnt mit seinen Partnern auch beide GTE-Klassen•    Alle drei LMP1-Partnerteams von Michelin auf dem Podium•    Ferrari und Ford duell more >>
24 Hours of Le Mans, LMP1 Facts from the race
21.06.2016
Porsche wins in Le Mans – 5,233 kilometres on the limitThe 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will always be remembered for its dramatic finish on June 19th 2016. Porsche took its 18th overall victory when the leading Toyota retired on the more >>
Stefan Mücke took the lead of the GT drivers at the FIA WEC
21.06.2016
 The Berlin finished fourth of the GTE Pro class at the 24 hour race of Le Mans together with his Ford works driver colleagues Olivier Pla (France) and Billy Johnson (USA) of the team Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UK on Sunday (19th of June). The trio got all the more >>
Murphy Prototypes at Le Mans 2016: the Pluck of the Irish
21.06.2016
Murphy Prototypes came to Le Mans in 2016 for their fifth consecutive challenge on the 24 Hours at La Sarthe. Team Principal, Greg Murphy, centred upon the established partnership of Marc Goossens, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating - three drivers w more >>
Algarve Pro Team 24h Le Mans review
21.06.2016
The Algarve Pro team successfully completed their first 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing the race 17th overall, with Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Munemann and Andrea Pizzitola at the wheel of the sky blue and white #25 Ligier JS P2 powered by Nissan (LM P2 category).  more >>

Kategorien

2001-2021 automobilsport.com full copyright