Adrenaline and Petrol Fumes

24 Heures du Mans

Lamborghini entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans Hypercar category with the SC63 Hypercar.

Two cars participated, one for the entire FIA WEC season and one specifically for Le Mans.

Notable drivers included former F1 driver Romain Grosjean.

Ferrari AF Corse secured their first win in the Hypercar class in 50 years.

The team retained their 2023 driver lineup.

Ferrari 499P, driven by Nicklas Nielsen, Antonio Fuoco, and Miguel Molina, took the checkered flag.

The race concluded with a Ferrari victory 14.2 seconds ahead of the second-place Toyota.

This marked the closest finish since 2022.

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 7 GR010 Hybrid recorded the highest peak speed at 339.1 kph, achieved by Kamui Kobayashi during the 72nd lap.

The event incorporated sustainable fuels and initiatives to minimise waste and energy consumption.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans featured 62 cars across three categories: Hypercar, LMP2, and LMGT3.

The event included teams and drivers from the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and Asian Le Mans Series.

Peugeot introduced significant updates to their 9X8 Hypercar, adding a rear wing.

Competitors covered 54,217 laps, equating to 212,685.33 kilometres.

One thousand two hundred seventy-five pit stops were recorded.

26 Yellow flags were waved, mainly at the Dunlop Chicane.

Laurens Vanthoor in the Porsche Penske Motorsport 6 Porsche 963 spent the most time driving.

Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen in the Alpine Endurance Team 35 Alpine A424 spent the least time on the track.

The 91 Manthey EMA team (Y. Shahin, M. Schuring, R. Lietz) won the LMGT3 class.

High-profile drivers Valentino Rossi and Mick Schumacher retired from the race.

Rain affected the race in the later stages, adding to the drama and strategic decisions.

The winning Ferrari team took a risk by not pitting again in the final hour, finishing with just 2% energy remaining.

These highlights underscore the intense competition, strategic elements, and endurance required in the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans.

‘Le Mans: the perfect place to see cars go fast and time go slow.’