Scrutineering and driver registration ahead of a race meeting is usually an unspectacular event at most race meetings. However, that does not apply to the 24 Hours of Le Mans where fans from across the world were eager to attend the formalities on Monday when Team BMW Motorsport presented its two BMW M3 GT cars for technical inspection and completed the so-called "Convocation" at the Place des Jacobins.
"Scrutineering is a great public event", said Augusto Farfus (BR), who is contesting the endurance classic with Jorg Muller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE) in the No.55 BMW M3 GT. "We do this for the fans. And it's definitely one of the reasons why the fans love Le Mans so much. This is one of the biggest races in the world, and public scrutineering is the perfect way to start proceedings."
Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk Muller (DE) and Joey Hand (US) will share car No.56. After scrutineering, Priaulx commented: "Le Mans is simply an amazing event, even on Monday. The history of this place is unique.
Events like this, or Friday's Driver Parade, help to turn this race into a really big thing. It's really exciting to be here again."
On Tuesday, the BMW driver line-up faced various briefings plus the official autograph session for the many fans who have flocked to the circuit to celebrate this motorsport festival.
Wednesday at 16:00hrs will see both BMW M3 GT cars on the track for the first four-hour practice session, with the first qualifying session is scheduled for 22:00-24:00hrs that evening.