“The 24 hours of Le Mans………where man and machine face their limits……..and find what lies beyond them.”
Ok I admit I am a motor racing fan, so could be considered a little biased. Having said that however this is a great film and one I feel that even non motor heads will enjoy.
“Journey to Le Mans” follows the JOTA Sport team during the 2014 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) right from pre-season testing through to the final race at Le Mans. For those of you who don’t know, a victory at Le Mans, possibly the premier motor racing event in the world, is the ultimate dream of many a racing driver. The JOTA Sport team has attempted seven times without success.
JOTA is a racing team privately owned by self made multi-millionaire Simon Dolan, whose own rags to riches story is worthy of a documentary in its own right. They are racing what is called a sports prototype in the LMP2 class in this very competitive sports car racing competition.
Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame, and British racing driver Tiff Needell, the film pulls you in right from the beginning. Great racing action including actual race footage and commentary, and a clever soundtrack make the film very entertaining. Slo motion footage of the pit stops and driver changes are fantastic.
But the documentary gives you much more than you would get from just watching a race. You get to experience the back story, the behind the scenes action, the highs and lows, the tragedies and the elation. As a viewer you partake in all the behind the scenes activities as a “fly on the wall” and it almost feels as if you are part of the team. Candid interviews with the team members and the drivers brings familiarity and helps you to feel involved in the battle for success.
Like life itself there are more than a few plot twists too to keep one guessing.
For the fans there are guest appearances by drivers such as Mark Webber and Alan McNish, as well as plenty of interaction with the team drivers, certainly no lesser pilots themselves, ex F1 driver and Le Mans winner Marc Gene, Mclaren test driver Oliver Turvey, Filipe Albuquerque, and ex Formula 3 driver and now Sports Car driver Harry Tincknell.
However even if you aren’t a fan , “Journey to Le Mans” is well worth watching as a very entertaining and informative story.