Le Mans 24 Hour Race
The Best Motor Race in The World: The Le Mans 24 Hour Race
Le Mans, in France, is famous for the 24-hour race, which is a favourite of many British car racing and classic car enthusiasts. Various classes of sports car compete in a battle of reliability, attrition, fuel efficiency and speed during one weekend a year in mid June (14 to 15 June 2014). It is a full weekend event; the race starts on the Saturday afternoon at 2pm and runs continuously for 24 hours, but for the average British person the fun begins some days before at the start of the road trip to France. And there are some races and testing in the days leading up to the race weekend. The race is organized by Automobile Club de l'Ouest and the official web site is www.lemans.org and is held at the Circuit de la Sarthe starting at 14:00
The Jaguar XKR GT2 represented Jaguar at the Le Mans 24 Hour Motor Race in France in 2010 (12th to 13th June 2010) to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Jaguar Marque, which used to dominate the event about 50 years ago. The competition included BMW, Peugeot, Aston Martin and Audi
I have been to this event several times, in a variety of classic and not so classic cars: the last few times I took my old Ferrari 308 (the Magnum car) or Alfa Spider (similar to the one Dustin Hoffman drove in The Graduate), but the majority of the British contingent have classic British sports cars. It is traditional to stock up with supplies (i.e. Beer and in my case a tent due to lack of boot space) at a local Supermarche, then camp with the cars near the racetrack and try to build a wall round the tents and cars out of small empty French beer bottles.
Map of Le Mans, France - Where is Le Mans?
Despite the beer-fuelled hoards the atmosphere is generally jovial and good-natured. There is plenty to do before and during the race (including watching the cars go round if you like that sort of thing) There are fairground attractions and plenty of places to eat and drink, although food quality is generally fairly low by French standards and toilet facilities are very sub-standard and if you want a shower at one of the camp-sites you may have to queue for a while.
Le Mans Games
If you can't get to Le Mans then why not try out your skills at home:
Things to do...
Some people go to Le Mans 24 hr race to watch the cars and follow the various teams' performance and, even if you have been tempted by the culinary delights, Ferris wheel or dodgem cars, you can keep track of the progress on the local radio station which is broadcast in English for the benefit of their British guests.
Essential Photographic Equipment
Different Classes of Cars
There are usually some smaller races before the main event, but the actual 24 hour race is a fairly complex affair with several competitions between different classes of car all running on the same track at the same time: LMP1, LMP2, GT1 and GT2. The LMP cars are purpose built racing cars with very high top-speeds and the GT cars look like normal roads cars: Corvettes, Aston Martins, Jaguar XKRs etc. and the rules change each year. The race consists of some sections of normal road, closed to traffic for the event and some sections of racetrack complete with grandstands, pit-lanes etc. The object of the race is to go as far as possible during the 24 hours, so this is as much about fuel efficiency, reliability and just staying awake as it is about speed. The drivers can be swapped during pit stops.
The Marcos Team
Computer Games: Motor Racing
If you can't get to Le Mans then why not try out your skills at home:
My Ferrari 308 GTS QV (1985)
Le Mans 1999 Merceded CLR-GT1 (Crash)
This is a fun event, a bit like The Glastonbury Festival, but with less music and mud, and more cars. I would only recommend camping at the racetrack if you can survive without the finer luxuries (like a shower or clean toilets) but it is possible to stay in a hotel a few miles away, if you book some time in advance.
When is the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour Race?
The 82nd running of the historic 24 hour race
The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour Race will be held on 14th to 15th June 2014. It will be held in Le Mans, France at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The race is part of the 2014 World Endurance Championship but is probably the most famous (in Europe at least) It is run by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.
Le Mans 24 Hour - 2013 - The Teams, Cars and Drivers
Who Won The Le Mans 24 Hour Race, 2013?
The 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour race was won by Tom Kristensen (Danish), Allan McNish (British) and LoÃ¯c Duval (French), of Audi Sport Team Joest, driving an Audi R18 e-tron quattro. OAK Racing's Morgan-Nissan won the LMP2 category, Porsche AG Team Manthey won the LMGTE Pro class and IMSA Performance Matmut won LMGTE Am.
This was the 90th Le Mans race and tragically involved a fatal accident just ten minutes into the race: LMGTE Am driver Allan Simonsen crashed into a barrier at Tertre Rouge crushing his Aston Martin Vantage.
The Full list of drivers, Teams and cars of all categories, entering the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour Race:
22 to 23 June 2013
Number - Driver (Country) - Team - Car (Category)0 - Christian PESCATORI (ITA) - GREENGT TECHNOLOGIES - "GREEN GT H2" (CDNT)1 - AndrÃ© LOTTERER (DEU) - AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST - "AUDI R18 E-TRON QUATTRO" (LM P1)2 - Tom KRISTENSEN (DNK) - AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST - "AUDI R18 E-TRON QUATTRO" (LM P1)3 - Marc GENÃ (ESP) - AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST - "AUDI R18 E-TRON QUATTRO" (LM P1)7 - Alexander WURZ (AUT) - TOYOTA RACING - "TOYOTA TS 030 HYBRID" (LM P1)8 - Anthony DAVIDSON (GBR) - TOYOTA RACING - "TOYOTA TS 030 - HYBRID" (LM P1)12 - Nicolas PROST (FRA) - REBELLION RACING - "LOLA B12/60 COUPE - TOYOTA" (LM P1)13 - Neel JANI (CHE) - REBELLION RACING - "LOLA B12/60 COUPE - TOYOTA" (LM P1)21 - Nick LEVENTIS (GBR) - STRAKKA RACING - "HPD ARX 03C - HONDA" (LM P1)24 - Jacques NICOLET (FRA) - OAK RACING - "MORGAN - NISSAN" (LM P2)25 - John MARTIN (AUS) - DELTA-ADR - "ORECA 03-NISSAN" (LM P2)26 - Roman RUSINOV (RUS) - G-DRIVE RACING - "ORECA 03-NISSAN" (LM P2)28 - Fabien GIROIX (FRA) - GULF RACING MIDDLE EAST - "LOLA B12/80 COUPE - NISSAN" (LM P2)30 - Jonathan KENNARD (GBR) - HVM STATUS GP - "LOLA B12/80 COUPE - JUDD" (LM P2)31 - Kevin WEEDA (USA) - LOTUS - "LOTUS T128" (LM P2)32 - Thomas HOLZER (CHE) - LOTUS - "LOTUS T128" (LM P2)33 - Scott TUCKER (USA) - LEVEL 5 MOTORSPORTSHPD ARX 03B - HONDA" (LM P2)34 - Michel FREY (CHE) - RACE PERFORMANCE - "ORECA 03 - JUDD" (LM P2)35 - Olivier PLA (FRA) - OAK RACING - "MORGAN - NISSAN" (LM P2)36 - Pierre RAGUES (FRA) - SIGNATECH ALPINE - "ALPINE NISSAN" (LM P2)38 - Simon DOLAN (DEU) - JOTA SPORT - "ZYTEK Z11SN - NISSAN" (LM P2)39 - Olivier PORTA (FRA) - DKR ENGINEERING - "LOLA B11/40 - JUDD" (LM P2)40 - Koen WAUTERS (BEL) - BOUTSEN GINION RACING - "ORECA 03-NISSAN" (LM P2)41 - Christian ZUGEL (DEU) - GREAVES MOTORSPORT - "ZYTEK Z11SN - NISSAN" (LM P2)42 - Thomas KIMBER-SMITH (GBR) - GREAVES MOTORSPORT - "ZYTEK Z11SN - NISSAN" (LM P2)43 - Natacha GACHNANG (CHE) - MORAND RACING - "MORGAN JUDD" (LM P2)45 - David HEINEMEIER HANSSON (NZD) - OAK RACING - "MORGAN - NISSAN" (LM P2)46 - Pierre THIRIET (FRA) - THIRIET BY TDS RACING - "ORECA 03-NISSAN" (LM P2)47 - Alexandre IMPERATORI (CHE) - KCMG - "MORGAN - NISSAN" (LM P2)48 - Brendon HARTLEY (NZD) - MURPHY PROTOTYPE - "SORECA 03-NISSAN" (LM P249 - Luis PEREZ COMPANC (ARG) - PECOM RACING - "ORECA 03-NISSAN" (LM P2)50 - Patrick BORNHAUSER (FRA) - LARBRE COMPETITION - "CHEVROLET CORVETTE C6 ZR1" (LM GTE Am)51 - Gianmaria BRUNI (ITA) - AF CORSE - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Pro)53 - Ryan DALZIEL (SCO) - SRT MOTORSPORTS - "DODGE VIPER GTS-R" (LM GTE Pro)54 - Yannick MALLEGOL (FRA) - AF CORSE - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Am)55 - Piergiuseppe PERAZZINI (ITA) - AF CORSE - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Am)57 - Tracy KROHN (USA) - KROHN RACING - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Am)61 - Jack GERBER (GBR) - AF CORSE - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Am)66 - Tim SUGDEN (GBR) - JMW MOTORSPORT - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Pro)67 - Pascal GIBON (FRA) - IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT - "PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR" (LM GTE Am)70 - Cooper MacNEIL (USA) - LARBRE COMPETITION - "CHEVROLET CORVETTE C6 ZR1" (LM GTE Am)71 - Olivier BERETTA (MCO) - AF CORSE - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Pro)73 - Antonio GARCIA (ESP) - CORVETTE RACING - "CHEVROLET CORVETTE C6 ZR1" (LM GTE Pro)74 - Oliver GAVIN (GBR) - CORVETTE RACING - "CHEVROLET CORVETTE C6 ZR1" (LM GTE Pro)76 - Raymond NARAC (FRA) - IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT - "PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR" (LM GTE Am)77 - Patrick DEMPSEY (USA) - DEMPSEY DEL PIERO - PROTON - "PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR" (LM GTE Am)81 - Vincente POTOLICCHIO (VEN) - 8 STAR MOTORSPORTS - "FERRARI 458 ITALIA" (LM GTE Am)88 - Christian RIED (DEU) - PROTON COMPETITION - "PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR" (LM GTE Am)91 - JÃ¶rg BERGMEISTER (DEU) - PORSCHE AG TEAM MANTHEY - "PORSCHE 911 RSR" (LM GTE Pro)92 - Marc LIEB (DEU) - PORSCHE AG TEAM MANTHEY - "PORSCHE 911 RSR" (LM GTE Pro)93 - Jonathan BOMARITO (USA) - SRT MOTORSPORTS - "DODGE VIPER GTS-R" (LM GTE Pro)95 - Allan SIMONSEN (DNK) - ASTON MARTIN RACING - "ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8" (LM GTE Am)96 - Roald GOETHE (DEU) - ASTON MARTIN RACING - "ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8" (LM GTE Am)97 - Darren TURNER (GBR) - ASTON MARTIN RACING - "ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8" (LM GTE Pro)98 - Stuart HALL (GBR) - ASTON MARTIN RACING - "ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8" (LM GTE Pro)99 - Stefan MÃCKE (DEU) - ASTON MARTIN RACING - "ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8" (LM GTE Pro)
When is Le Mans 24 Hour Race 2012?
And some other racing events at Le Mans in 2012
This year the Le Mans 24 Hour Race ("24 Heures du Mans") will be held on 16-17 June 2012
Other Events at Le Mans, France in 2012:Championnat de France Superbike: 31 March - 1 April 2012SÃ©ries V de V FFSA: 28-29 April 2012Grand prix de France Moto: 18-19-20 May 2012JournÃ©e Test des 24 Heures du Mans: 3 June 2012
24 Heures du Mans: 16-17 June 2012Le Mans Classic: 6-8 July 2012Coupes de France Promosport: 21–22 July 201224 Heures Moto: 8-9 September 2012FÃªte de l'ACO: 28-29-30 September 201224 Heures Karting: 29-30 September 201224 Heures Camions: 13-14 October 2012Championnat de France Karting: 3-4 November 2012
Who Won the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hour Race?
Le Mans 24 Hour Race Results: 2012
Audi Sport won their 11th victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with all three podium positions, but this was also the first time the world's most famous endurance race was won by a hybrid-powered car. This was also the 80th anniversary of the 24 Hour Race.No.1 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro: Andre Lotterer-Marcel Fassler-Benoit TreluyerNo.2 Audi: Tom Kristensen-Allan McNish-Dindo CapelloNo.4 Audi R18 ultra: Mike Rockenfeller-Oliver Jarvis-Marco Bonanomi (conventionally diesel-powered, rather than hybrid)No.12 Rebellion Racing Lola Toyota: Neel Jani-Nicolas Prost-Nick HeidfeldNo. 3 Audi R18 Ultra: Romain Dumas, Loc Duval and Marc GenNo.22 HPD ARX-03a: David Brabham, Peter Dumbreck and Karun Chandhok
In the LMP2 category:No.44 Starworks Motorsport HPD ARX 03b: Tom Kimber-Smith, Ryan Dalziel, Enzo PotolicchioOreca Nissan: Thiriet TDS RacingOreca Nissan: Pecom RacingOreca Nissan: Signatech Nissan
GTE class (i.e. Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche)
Ferrari took 1st, 2nd and 4th in class
Who Won the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 2011?
Le Mans 24 Hour 2011 Results
After an eventful Le Mans 24 Hour race in which two time winner, Allan McNish had a spectacular crash near the start (He walked away unaided) and rain added to the difficulty of staying on the track the results were as follows:
The number 2 Audi driven by Andre Lotterer won at the 79th 24 hours of Le Mans
Peugeot number 9 finishes second just 13 seconds behind the leader after 24 hours of racing
Who Won Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 2010?
The 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans 2010) at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France, was won by the No. 9 Audi R15 TDI driven by Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Bernhard, and Romain Dumas.
Audi took the first four places.
Honda (Strakka Racing) won the LMP2 category.
Who Won Le Mans 2009?
Peugeot finish 1st and 2nd ahead of Audi
Le Mans is over for another year. The 2009 race was won by the #9 Peugeot 908 driven by:David Brabham (Australian, born in the U.K. Son of the famous Jack Brabham and brother of Gary)Marc Gene (Spanish)Alexander Wurz (Austrian)
All of whom have driven in "Formula One" in the past
Peugeot 908s came in first and second ahead of an Audi R15. At their third attempt these diesel cars managed to beat the almost invincible Audis. The second place #8 Peugeot 908 driven by SÃ©bastien Bourdais, Franck Montagny & StÃ©phane Sarrazin was just one lap behind the winning car.
In the other classes of car racing:The LMP2 was won by the #31 Porsche RS spyder driven by Casper Elgaard, Emmanuel Collard and Kristian Paulsen.The LM GT1 class was won by the #63 Corvette C6R driven by Johnny O'Connell, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.and the LM GT2 was won by the #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT driven by Jaime Salo, Pierre Kaffer and Mika Salo.