If you’re heading off to Le Mans this week for the 24 Heures du Mans race, then you’ll be needing one of these. It’s an essential guide for Les Ros Boeuf, especially useful for first-timers to the event since it tells you where to enjoy the best vantage points at the circuit and what to see whilst you’re there.

But even if you’re unable to join the pilgrimage south it’s still an entertaining guide for the armchair viewer – fitting rather deftly in one hand whilst the other controls the TV remote.

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There’s an exclusive interview with race driver Allan McNish and detailed insights into the history of the race, and since its an e-brochure guide you can receive it via e-mail today. Just click on this link and request yourself a copy.

Aiming for a 14th consecutive victory at Le Mans, Michelin continues to support leading race teams, providing the latest tyre technology and track-side services of its Tyre Team and you can find out more about the race tyres being used by its teams in this handy 64 page event guide.

Last year’s winners Audi, are fielding three R18s all running on Michelin rubber, whilst French carmaker Peugeot will be represented by three new 908s and a 908 HDI FAP tended by Team Oreca-Matmut with Peugeot and OAK Racing also running four prototypes each.

The proceedings kick off today (Tuesday) with driver autograph sessions taking place, whilst practice begins on Wednesday afternoon and then qualifying from Wednesday evening through to Thursday.

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Racing itself commences at 15.00 (GMT) precisely on the Saturday and concludes (obviously) at 15.00 on Sunday.

If you’re driving to the track, then watch out for the Gendarmes – they will be out in force looking for speeding motorists throughout Le Mans weekend and the powers to seize your car and put a real damper on your race weekend.

If you’re staying at home then full coverage will be available on British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 on both Sky Digital and Virgin Media. Radio Le Mans will be providing their usual continuous coverage, courtesy of John Hindhaugh and his team whilst we have the full build up to the event on our Le Mans 24 Hour channel on SkiddPlayer TV..

You can already catch up with the videos from Audi and Peugeot plus those directly from La Sarthe via 24lemanslive. They’re all easily accesible and will be updated each day as more content arrives.