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Gunning for glory at 24 Hours Le Mans

Sportscar makers' obsession with this 93-year-old race in rural France stems from pride and profit

HARD DRIVE: Sebastien Bourdais in his Ford GT40 during qualifying practice for the endurance race on Wednesday.

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THE 24 Hours of Le Mans started in 1923 in a tiny town in the French countryside 130 miles (209 km) from Paris. The storied endurance race pits some old European brands - Peugeot, Renault, and Matra, among others - against the likes of Audi and Porsche, in cars piloted by...

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