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Hollywood actor Brad Pitt sends cars out in Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hour Race

LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Actor Brad Pitt (R) talks with ACO President Pierre Fillon (L) before the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 18, 2016 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

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LE MANS, France (AP) Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has got the 24 Hours Le Mans classic endurance race underway in difficult weather conditions.

Pitt, who was the official starter, stood in the middle of the track Saturday and held a French flag as the race began in pouring rain with the 60 cars forced to start behind the safety car.

One of the Porsche’s 919 hybrid cars - driven by Neel Jani - was leading the field ahead of teammate Timo Bernhard and Mike Conway, who drives a Toyota.