The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 |OT| Can Toyota make it two in a row?

Oct 27, 2017
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The Circuit

The Circuit de la Sarthe is a semi-permanent road course in Le Mans, France. It is unusual in the sense that it features both purpose-built track sections (from Dunlop to Tertre Rouge, for example) and public roads (from Mulsanne to Maison Blanche). La Sarthe is notable for its high-speed sections; before the long Hunaudieres straight was broken up by chicanes, premier category cars would routinely reach 250mph.

Since 1923 this small part of France has been a Mecca for motorsports fans from across the globe. From humble beginnings, today’s race is watched by close to 300,000 people trackside and a TV audience of millions, making it one of the largest single venue sporting events in the world.

The track has had to change over the years to accommodate shifting attitudes to safety and the expanding needs of this industrial city. The winners of the first race in 1923 were André Lagache & René Léonard, driving a Chenard & Walcker. While these two drivers have the honour of grandstands named in their honour along the pit straight, they would find the track very different today.





Circuit modifications over the years

  • 1923 - 1928: 10.726 miles, initial track
  • 1929 - 1931: 10.153 miles, hairpin bend at Pontlieu cut out
  • 1932 - 1955: 8.475 miles, new section from the pits to the Esses and Tertre Rouge
  • 1956 - 1967: 8.364 miles, wider pit straight, Dunlop curve changed
  • 1968 - 1971: 8.369 miles, Ford chicane installed
  • 1972 - 1978: 8.475 miles, new Porsche curves between Arnage and the Ford chicane
  • 1979 - 1985: 8.467 miles, modified Tertre Rouge corner
  • 1986: 8.51 miles, modified Mulsanne corner
  • 1987 - 1989: 8.41 miles, Dunlop chicane installed
  • 1990 - 2001: 8.45 miles, Mulsanne chicanes installed
  • 2002 - 2006: 8.483 miles, new section between Dunlop Bridge and Tertre Rouge
  • 2007: 8.480 miles, Tertre Rouge was modified
  • 2018: modifications were made to the Porsche Curves section of the Circuit de la Sarthe to increase safety. Barriers on the inside of the final right-hand corner were dismantled and relocated further away from the circuit, allowing for the construction of paved run off area and escape roads. This same alteration had been done on the barriers outside the corner the previous year. This modification re-profiled the corner slightly, shortening the lap distance by 3 metres (9.8 ft). The ACO also constructed a new starting line gantry 145 metres (476 ft) further up the main straight to allow more cars on the straight at the start of the race. The finish line and all timing beacons however remain at the previous starting line at the exit of the Ford Chicane.

Facts and Trivia

  • The youngest overall winner is Austrian Alex Wurz who won in 1996 at the age of 21 together with his teammates Davy Jones and Manuel Reuter in a Joest Porsche.
  • The most successful manufacturer is Porsche with 16 overall victories.
  • The most successful team is Team Joest from Germany with 13 overall victories.
  • Jean Rondeau is the only constructor-driver to win Le Mans outright.
  • The first Japanese manufacturer to win the race was Mazda in 1991. This was also the first, and up to now only victory of a car powered by a rotary engine.
  • Graham Hill is the only person to have won Le Mans, the F1 Championship and the Indy 500.
  • Mario Andretti is the only driver who competed at Le Mans in 4 decades - his first appearance in 1966 in a Ford GT, his last in the year 2000 in a Panoz sports prototype.
  • The Andretti clan was the first family to send its 3rd generation to Le Mans: Besides Mario, his son Michael and nephew John who all started previously at Le Mans, in 2010 Mario's grandson Marco was in an LMP1 Lola.
  • The female driver with the most Le Mans participations is French Anne-Charlotte Verney with 10 appearances between 1974 and 1983.
  • Danish driver Tom Kristensen holds the record for the most overall wins as a driver - he won the race 9 times between 1997 and 2013. Next in the list is Belgian Jacky Ickx with 6 wins between 1969 and 1982.
  • The top speed record at Le Mans is held by the French Welter Racing team, their Peugeot-powered prototype reached a recorded speed of 404 km/h (251 mph) down the Hunaudieres straight in the 1988 race.
  • A new all-time distance record was set in 2010, the winning Audi R15 covered a distance of 5410 km, the previous record of 5335 km was already 40 years old.

History

1923 to 1939:


May 26th & 27th, 1923 saw the first running of the Le Mans 24 hours, on the public roads around Le Mans town. The original idea was for a three-year event, with the winner being the car that could go the furthest distance over three consecutive races. This plan was abandoned in 1928 and the Le Mans 24 hours winners were declared for each year depending on who covered the furthest distance in the 24 hours. The early races were dominated by British, French, and Italian drivers, teams, and cars, with Bentley, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti being the prominent marques.

By the late 1930s innovations in car design began appearing at the Le Mans 24 hours circuit, with Bugatti and Alfa Romeo running aerodynamic bodywork, enabling them to reach faster speeds down the Mulsanne straight. In 1936 the race had to be cancelled due to strikes in France. With the outbreak of World War II in late 1939, the Le Mans 24hrs race went on a ten-year break.

1949 to 1969:

The Le Mans 24 hours race resumed in 1949 following the reconstruction of the Le Mans circuit facilities, with growing interest from major car manufacturers. After the formation of the World Sports car Championship in 1953, of which the Le Mans 24 hour was a part, Jaguar, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, and others began sending multiple cars, supported by their factories, to compete against their competitors. Unfortunately, this increased competition would also lead to tragedy with an accident during the 1955 race. The car of Pierre Levegh crashed into a crowd of spectators, killing more than 80 people. This in turn, led to widespread safety measures being brought in, not only at Le Mans, but elsewhere in the world of motor sport. However, even though the safety standards increased, so did the achievable top speeds of the cars. The move from open-cockpit roadsters to closed-cockpit coupes would enable speeds over 200 mph on the Mulsanne. The Le Mans 24 hours race cars of this time were mostly based on production road cars.

By the end of the 1960s, Ford would enter the Le Mans 24hrs with their GT40s, taking four straight wins before the era of production-based cars would come to a close.

1970 to 1981:

For the 1970s, Le Mans 24 hours competitors moved towards more extreme speeds and car designs. These fast speeds led to the replacement of the typical standing Le Mans 24 hours start with the now more familiar rolling start. Although production-based cars still participated, they were now competing in the lower classes. Purpose-built prototype race cars became the norm at the Le Mans 24 hours. The Porsche 917, 935, and 936 were dominant throughout this decade, but a resurgence by French manufacturers Matra-Simca and Renault saw the first Le Mans 24 hours victories for the home nation since the race in 1950. Surprisingly the 1970s is also associated with good performances from many privateer constructors at the Le Mans 24 hours.

Two managed to complete the only ever victories for privateers in the history of the Le Mans 24 hour. John Wyer won in his Mirage in 1975 while Jean Rondeau's self-titled chassis took the Le Mans winner’s trophy in 1980.

1982 to 1993:

Porsche dominated the 1980s at Le Mans with the new Group C race car formula that pushed the boundaries of fuel efficiency. The Porsche 956 was the pioneer in this field. It was later replaced by the successful 962. Both chassis were relatively cheap, and privateers were able to purchase them en masse. This led to a Porsche chassis winning six years in a row. The 1980s saw Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz make a return to sports car racing, while an influx of Japanese manufacturers saw prototypes from Nissan and Toyota at the Le Mans 24 hours. However, it was Mazda's unique rotary-powered 787B that would be the only car to succeed.

1992 and 1993 saw Peugeot enter the Le Mans 24 hours and dominate the race, as the Group C formula and World Sports car Championship were fading in popularity and competitive manufacturers.

The famous Le Mans circuit would undergo perhaps its most significant modification in 1990. The iconic Mulsanne straight was altered to include two chicanes. This change was made to reduce speeds in excess of 250 mph from being reached. This began a trend by the race organisers, the ACO (Automobile Club de Ouest), to attempt to reduce excessive speeds on certain sections of the track. Despite these changes, speeds over 200 mph are still regularly reached at various points on a Le Mans 24 hours lap.

1994 to 1999:

A resurgence of production-based cars at the Le Mans 24 hours followed the end of the World Sports car Championship. A loophole in the laws enabled Porsche to successfully convince the ACO that a 962 Le Mans Supercar was a production car. This allowed Porsche to race their successful Porsche 962 for one final time. Not surprisingly it dominated the field. Although the ACO closed the loophole for 1995, newcomer McLaren won the race in their supercar's first appearance thanks to its reliability enabling it to beat faster yet more trouble prone prototypes. The rule bending trend continued throughout the 1990s as more exotic supercars were built in order to bypass the ACO's rules regarding production based Le Mans race cars. This resulted in Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Panoz, and Lotus entering the GT categories. By the 1999 event, these GT cars were competing with the Le Mans Prototypes of BMW, Audi, and Ferrari. BMW would ultimately finish with the victory that year. It was BMW’s first ever win at the Le Mans 24 hours circuit.

2000 to 2010:

The increasing costs associated with running a car in the Le Mans 24 hours saw many major automobile manufacturers review their participation in the early 21st century. Among these manufacturers, only Audi would remain competing at the Le Mans 24 hours, easily dominating the races with their R8. Although MG, Panoz, and Chrysler, all briefly made attempts to compete with Audi, none could match the performance of the Audi R8. After three consecutive victories, Audi provided engine, support staff and drivers to their corporate partner Bentley, who had returned in 2001. These factory Bentleys were finally able to succeed at Le Mans 24 hours ahead of the now privateer Audis in 2003.

By the end of 2005, after an impressive five victories for the Audi R8, and six to its V8 turbo engine, Audi took on a new Le Mans 24 hours challenge by introducing a diesel engine prototype car known as the R10 TDI. Although this was not the first diesel to race at the Le Mans 24 hours, it was the first to achieve victory. This era saw other alternative fuel sources being tried, including bioethanol, while Peugeot decided to follow Audi's lead and pursue a diesel entry in 2007 and 2008 with their Peugeot 908. They ran Audi close but the R10 finished ahead on each occasion. In 2009 the Peugeot 908 claimed victory, bringing an end to the German manufacturer's run of Le Mans wins, however Audi were back in 2010 claiming a 1,2,3 at the chequered flag after engine failures and suspension problems forced all 4 Peugeot entrants to retire.

2011 to 2017:

2011 saw one of the closest races in Le Mans history with Audi just crossing the line ahead of its Peugeot rivals, however, the race will most probably be remembered for the 2 major crashes involving the Audis driven by Allan McNish and Mike Rockenfeller. Fortunately, both drivers were able to walk away from the wreckage of their cars.

Le Mans 2012 saw the introduction of hybrid technology for both Audi & Toyota in the LMP1 class. After the withdrawal of Peugeot for financial reasons, it was Toyota that stood up to challenge Audi. However, two major crashes, one which left driver Ant Davidson with a broken back, left Audi unchallenged at the front. Audi's hybrid diesel, the R18 E-tron quattro eventually took the honours.

2013 again saw the Audi R18 E-tron Quattro victorious with the Toyota Hybrid runner up. It was the ninth win for Dane Tom Kristensen & the 3rd for British driver Allan McNish. However, the race was over-shadowed by the death of driver Allan Simonsen following the early crash of his Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

2014 saw the return to the topflight for Porsche. They were challenging Audi and Toyota at the front with a team that included ex-F1 driver Mark Webber. The lead was held by each of the factory teams at different points in the race as all teams suffered problems with their new technology. Despite needing to spend time in the pits changing the turbos on their cars Audi once again claimed a 1 -2 with Toyota third. Porsche were in the lead during the 22nd hour until their remaining car was retired. A sign of the challenges to come.

2015 saw Neel Jani of Porsche started from pole position for the second consecutive year, but heavy rainfall forced the organizers to start the race behind a safety car. Once the rain had stopped and the track sufficiently dried, the field was released from under safety car conditions. Toyota, Audi, and Porsche traded off the race lead in the early hours until the No. 6 Toyota established a firm hold on first place, followed by the No. 5 Toyota and No. 2 Porsche. Issues for the No. 6 eventually allowed the No. 5 Toyota to take over the lead, maintaining a small gap from the Porsche. Kazuki Nakajima was driving the Toyota to the finish in the closing three minutes of the race when it suffered a mechanical issue and stopped on the circuit right after the finish line on his last lap. Jani overcame the one-minute gap to the ailing Toyota and passed it on the final lap, taking the race victory; It was Jani and co-driver Marc Lieb's first Le Mans win and Romain Dumas' second. The sister Toyota of Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, and Kamui Kobayashi finished three laps behind in second, while the No. 8 Audi of Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi, and Oliver Jarvis completed the race podium.

In 2016 the No. 18 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas, and Marc Lieb started from pole position after Jani broke the circuit's lap record in qualifying. The race was won by the No. 19 Porsche of Nick Tandy and Le Mans rookies Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg, followed a lap behind by the second Porsche of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard. Audi's best car, driven by the title defenders Benoît Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler, and André Lotterer, finished third, a further lap behind the two Porsche vehicles. This was the seventeenth overall victory for Porsche, and their first since 1998.

In 2017 the race was won by the No. 2 Porsche driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber after taking the lead of the race in the final two hours. It was the second victory at Le Mans for Bamber and Bernhard, and Hartley's first. Toyota's Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Anthony Davidson finished in eighth place after starting on second position and were the only other competitor in the LMP1 field to finish the event. The LMP2 category was won by Ho-Pin Tung, Thomas Laurent, and Oliver Jarvis in the No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca, who led the race outright for several hours before finishing in second place overall. The second DC Racing entry of David Cheng, Tristan Gommendy, and Alex Brundle were three laps behind for third overall, followed by the No. 35 Signatech Alpine.

Last year:

Toyota was the heavy favourite for the overall victory in 2018 due to its hybrid power capabilities in the LMP1 category, amongst its mostly new non-hybrid/privateer rival teams of Rebellion Racing, SMP Racing, DragonSpeed, ByKolles Racing Team, and CEFC TRSM Racing. With the departures of Porsche from the LMP1 category in 2017 and Audi in 2016, Toyota was the only hybrid prototype, for the 2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship.

This resulted with the merging of the hybrids and non-hybrids/privateers together in the LMP1 class. The race featured the debut of Ginetta's chassis raced by CEFC TRSM Racing with a Mecachrome engine. It joined the Rebellion R13, raced by Rebellion Racing, BR Engineering BR1, raced by SMP Racing and DragonSpeed (making their debut in LMP1), and the CLM P1/01, raced by ByKolles Racing. Fernando Alonso also made his first 24 Hours of Le Mans race start, racing with Toyota. Toyota led throughout all the test, practice, and qualifying sessions. Its time in qualifying of a 3:15.377 was good enough to place first on the grid, well ahead of the other cars in its class. Its sister car took 2nd overall followed by Rebellion Racing on the grid.

The race was won by the No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing driven by Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima, and Sébastien Buemi, who also started from pole position. Toyota entered the only hybrid LMP1 cars and dominated the 24 Hours.

The LMP2 class was won by Signatech Alpine, after G-Drive TDS Racing finished first but were subsequently disqualified. The LMGTE Professional class was won by Porsche GT Team, whilst Dempsey-Proton Racing were class winners in LMGTE AM.





Overall Constructor Victories

Porsche 19 victories (1970-1971, 1976-1977, 1979, 1981-1987, 1994,1996-1998, 2015-2017)

Audi 13 (2000-2002, 2004-2008, 2010-2014)

Ferrari 9 (1949, 1954, 1958, 1960-1965)

Jaguar 7 (1951, 1953, 1955-1957, 1988, 1990)

Bentley 6 (1924, 1927-1930, 2003)

Alfa Romeo 4 (1931-1934)

Ford 4 (1966-1969)

France Matra-Simca 3 (1972-1974)

Peugeot 3 (1992-1993, 2009)

Lorraine-Dietrich 2 (1925-1926)

Bugatti 2 (1937, 1939)

Chenard & Walcker 1 (1923)

Lagonda 1 (1935)

Delahaye 1 (1938)

Talbot-Lago 1 (1950)

Mercedes-Benz 1 (1952)

Aston Martin 1 (1959)

Mirage 1 (1975)

Renault-Alpine 1 (1978)

Rondeau 1 (1980)

Sauber-Mercedes 1 (1989)

Mazda 1 (1991)

McLaren 1 (1995)

BMW 1 (1999)

Toyota 1 (2018)


2019 Session Times

  • Free Practice - Wednesday June 12th, 1600 CEST, 1400 UTC, 1000 EDT, Thursday 0000 AEST - 4 Hours
  • Qualifying 1 - Wednesday June 12th,2200 CEST, 2000 UTC, 1600 EDT, Thursday 0600 AEST - 2 Hours
  • Qualifying 2 - Thursday June 13th, 1900 CEST, 1700 UTC, 1300 EDT, Friday 0300 AEST - 2 Hours
  • Qualifying 3 - Thursday June 13th, 2200 CEST, 2000 UTC, 1600 EDT, Friday 0600 AEST - 2 Hours
  • Warm Up - Saturday June 15th, 0900 CEST, 0700 UTC, 0300 EDT, 1700 AEST - 45 Minutes
  • Race Start - Saturday June 15th, 1500 CEST, 1300 UTC, 0900 EDT, 2300 AEST - 24 Hours

2019 Entrants/Spotter's Guide



Official Entrants List


Documentaries/films


Truth in 24:

It's 24 hours of pure exhilaration, complete exhaustion, and it's not for the faint of heart or the ill-prepared. It is the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. But before you win it, you have to master finishing it. This film chronicles the dedication, the determination and the spirit required to not just survive 3,000 gruelling miles, but to be in a position to win one of the greatest races in history.


Truth in 24 II:

Every Second Counts," narrated by Jason Statham, documents the Audi Sport Team Joest as they attempt to seek Audi's tenth victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011. When tragedy struck twice, the lone Audi R18 TDI #2 race car remained to fight three Peugeots. Risks were taken, boundaries were pushed and nerves were rattled. "Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts" highlights Audi's win and documents what unfolded over the next 24 Hours at Le Mans as it became one of the most competitive and gripping races the world had ever seen.


Journey to Le Mans:

The 24 hours of Le Mans is the most prestigious endurance motorsport event in the world. Fantelli Productions follows Great British privateer team Jota Sport, taking an intimate look at the feat of human endurance and the marvel of engineering it takes to compete in one of the most challenging races on earth. The spectacle that is Le Mans, through the eyes and emotions of the men at the very heart of it. Proving with enough hard work, dedication and passion, you really can achieve anything. Journey to Le Mans is a depiction of the blood, sweat and tears we see, as we travel with the team. Our journey playing out over the season to - and during - Le Mans 2014.


Official App







About the App

Welcome to the 24H LE MANS® App, designed to bring what you, our fans, want directly to your smartphone, tablet and computer.

Download this App for free and keep up-to-date with all news from www.lemans.org and more, classifications, circuit information, teams and drivers’ information, schedules, calendar, pictures, videos from inside, highlights, light live timing and social network. If you've already get the FIA-WEC app, you don't need to dowload the 24H LE MANS® App, as it is the same app which moved into 24 Hours of Le Mans for the event.

To immerse yourself even further into the 24H LE MANS® experience get the Premium Pack available as an In-App purchase. It will allow you to follow the FULL LIVE as well as a FULL DATA TIMING, exclusive contents with onboard cameras and possibility to personalize and follow your favorite drivers and/or teams.

Le Mans Regulations



LMP1

Le Mans Prototypes are closed cockpit cars with no production minimum required. Generally produced for the FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans / ELMS / IMSA races these cars are developed exclusively for on-track competitions, fulfilling the requirements of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s technical regulations. Because of their superior performances and level of technological development, they have a star status within endurance racing.

Prototypes are divided into two categories:

LMP1 - for Manufacturers

LMP2 - for teams independent of manufacturers and/or engine suppliers

The LMP1 category includes:

Hybrid prototypes with the Energy Recovery System (ERS)

Prototypes with no Energy Recovery System (ERS) reserved only for private teams.

The LMP1 Private Teams category is reserved exclusively for independent private teams. A team that is independent of a manufacturer means a team that does not benefit from any support from a manufacturer other than for the single supply of engines, services relating to these engines or commercial support. Any support from a manufacturer relating to the chassis or to chassis systems is prohibited. It is understood that traction control is considered as a chassis system.

Engines:

The following restrictions apply:

Only Petrol or Diesel 4 stroke engines with reciprocating pistons are permitted.

Engine cubic capacity is free for LMP1-Hybrid cars

Engine cubic capacity must not exceed 5500 cm3 for LMP1 cars.

Engine use is limited to 5 engines for the complete season (all race events) per car entered.

Number panels:

Pantone red 485, with white numbers

Driver Categories:

Bronze drivers are not permitted

Minimum weight:

875 kg for LMP1-Hybrid

830 kg for LMP1

Dimensions:

Wheelbase: Free but it must be identical to that registered in the Homologation Form

Overall length: 4650 mm maximum

The front overhang is limited to 1000 mm

The rear overhang is limited to 750 mm

Overall width: 1900 mm maximum and 1800mm minimum

Height: No part of the bodywork is permitted to be more than 1050 mm above the reference surface

Fuel Flow Metering:

A homologated "Fuel Flow Meters" sensor must be fitted which directly measures the fuel flow through the fuel feed line to the engine. By measuring the instantaneous flow, the total fuel consumption can be calculated. LMP1 cars are constrained on both: fuel energy per lap and maximum instantaneous fuel flow.

Fuel Tank Capacity:

Petrol 62.3 litres with ERS, 75 litres with no ERS
Diesel 50.1 litres with ERS

Fuel Energy per Lap:

The fuel energy per lap is the total amount of fuel energy contained in the fuel mass allocated for one lap.

Technology Factor:

The Fuel Technology Factor is a function of the ratio of Diesel over Petrol engine efficiencies.

The K Technology Factor is a function of Diesel and Gasoline powertrain weight and ERS options.

Those factors are used to calculate the relation between diesel and gasoline allocated energy and maximum instantaneous flow.

Maximum instantaneous fuel flow:

The fuel flow is limited instantaneously and therefore limits the maximum engine power.




LMP2

The LMP2s are racing cars with no production minimum required. Closed-cockpit cars, used by the privateer teams independent of manufacturers.

The selling price of a complete LMP2 car, without an engine or homologated electronic equipment, must not be in excess of €483,000.

Engines:

Homologated engines

Cylinder capacity: 4.2-litre V8 without direct-injection producing 600bhp.

Number panels:

Pantone blue 653, with white numbers.

Driver Categories:

A crew of 2 or 3 drivers must include at least one Silver or Bronze driver.

Minimum weight:

930 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity:

75 Litres

Dimensions:

  • Wheelbase: Free but it must be identical to that registered in the Homologation Form.
  • Overall length: 4750 mm maximum (rear wing included)
  • Overall width: 1900 mm maximum
  • Height: No part of the bodywork is permitted to be more than 1050 mm above the reference surface.
  • The front overhang is limited to 1000 mm.
  • The rear overhang is limited to 750 mm (including the rear wing).



LM GTE Pro

The Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (referred to as LMGTE) categories came into being in 2011 and include racing cars derived from street models for everyday road use from some of the most prestigious manufacturers: Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche.

The base production model must be a car having an aptitude for sport with 2 doors, 2 or 2+2 seats, open or closed, which can be used perfectly legally on the open road and available for sale thanks to the dealer network of a manufacturer recognised by the Endurance Committee.

The LMGTE Pro category features factory teams and professional drivers.

To win the endurance classic in this category the manufacturers generally call on top-class drivers as the closely fought battles in LM GTE Pro require specific skills.

Number Panels:

White with a green background






LM GTE AM

The LMGTE Am features cars which must be one year older than those competing in LMGTE Pro. Their line-ups include professional and amateur drivers.

The aim of the spirit of the Le Mans 24 Hours is to ensure that manufacturers as well as privateers can lock horns with each other on the same circuit, and that professional and amateur drivers can measure themselves against one another in the greatest of endurance races and that’s the beauty of this class.

Number Panels:

White with an orange background


Race Coverage

@Toyota_Hybrid @RebellionRacing @SMP_Racing @bykolles @DragonSpeedLLC @ManorWEC @FIAWEC #LEMANS24 #WEC #SuperSeason



News/Previews

Le Mans 24 Hours Preview: Part 1, GTE Am
Le Mans 24 Hours Preview: Part 2, LMP2
Le Mans 24 Hours Preview, Part 3: GTE Pro
Le Mans 24 Hours Preview: Part 4, LMP1
Toyota's Le Mans 24 Hours fuel-stop advantage reimposed for 2019 race
DragonSpeed Reveal Gulf Oils Livery For 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours
Rebellion Reveals Art Car Liveries for 24H Le Mans





 
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Dan

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This thread will be my home this week.

Lets go, #95! TeamThiim!!!
 

Yu Kigono

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Oct 25, 2017
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Really looking forward to this. Gonna spend the weekend watching with my dad, maybe try an all nighter again.

Go Rebellion!
 

StrikeVillain

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Sweet. I have Motortrend on Sling, bring on the 24 hours.

Le Mans weekend is honestly the best sports weekend of the year. It almost always coincides with a major world soccer tournament (Women's World Cup and Copa America this year). Good-bye sleep.

Excellent OP, ED.
 
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Do we know who will join to the GT1/ hypercar category next year?
SC365 reports that announcements from Aston Martin and Toyota are forthcoming:

It’s understood that Aston Martin, with its road-going Valkyrie hypercar, is expected to formally announce its commitment to the class this week, alongside Toyota, which is currently developing a prototype-based Hypercar with hybrid power.


Despite utilizing a hybrid system on its road car, Aston’s Valkyrie is expected to run as a non-hybrid.
Glickenhaus should also be there with the SCG 007
 

Astronut325

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There have been live streams in the past from specific teams, but not the official broadcast coverage. The WEC/Le Mans App does have live streaming without commentary using the official broadcast feed.

In Europe, Eurosport covers the whole 24 Hours.

Unfortunately, coverage of Le Mans outside of Europe is pretty limited.
I’m in the USA and finding any coverage of the 24H is... difficult.
 

Dan

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tbh unless Toyota break down, you're looking at the other classes for actual competition.
 

Kalor

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I forgot Le Mans was this weekend. Guess I know what my weekend plans are.
 

FairyEmpire

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In all honesty I'd watch that, like a couple years ago when we risked an LMP2 winning overall. Have the Toyotas suffer MAJOR car trouble, lose like 90 minutes or something, then see them push insanely hard for the entire 24 hours in the hopes that they can get the leaders back.

Not gonna happen but it would be entertaining at least. As it stands, the Toyotas can lap several seconds slower than required to save the car and still comfortably put several laps on the best LMP2.
 

Sems4arsenal

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2 in a row let's go. Hope the other Toyota wins this year. The top category will hopefully get a boost soon. GTs is where its at.
 

Dan

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I just hope we can hear more details about the LMP1 replacement this week.
 

Keikaku

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Hoping for Toyota trouble to have any interest in LMP1. Looks like the weather won't offer any help either.
 

compo

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Wow, this is a really informative OT. I've never watched Le Mans before, but now my interest is piqued.
 
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Edmond Dantès
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Go! Go! Team Splatoon! Go! Go!

Rooting for the #1.
It would be a fantastic way for André Lotterer to get his fourth victory at Le Mans.

Rebellion's art car liveries aren't for everyone, but I like what they're doing with it. After the complaints a few years ago about how all the LMP1 cars looked the same livery-wise, it's refreshing.



 
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MotorTrend confirms Le Mans schedule

Full Le Mans Broadcast Schedule (Times in ET)

Free Practice
MotorTrend App
Wednesday, June 12 at 9:45 AM

Qualifying 1
MotorTrend App
Wednesday, June 12 at 3:45 PM ET

Qualifying 2
MotorTrend App
Thursday, June 13 at 12:45 PM ET

Qualifying 3
MotorTrend App
Thursday, June 13 at 3:45 PM ET

Warm Up
MotorTrend App
Saturday, June 15 at 2:45 AM ET

24 Hours of Le Mans
MotorTrend App and MotorTrend TV (*In the U.S.)
MotorTrend App and Velocity Canada (*In Canada)
Saturday, June 15 at 8 AM ET
 

weekev

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Oct 25, 2017
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One of my schoolmates drives for Aston Martin in the LMGTE, he actually won the class in 2017. Will be rooting for him again this year. Go Jonny go!
 

KdotIX

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Oct 25, 2017
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Does anyone know if the WEC/Le Mans app will be showing live coverage of practice and qualifying in addition to the race?
 

itsmedave

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'll be rooting for the Ford GT's again. I hope this isn't their final year at Lemans. I love the classic schemes of past winners for Ford at Lemans