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How an Autosport Award winner is forging a path to Le Mans

Tom Gamble claimed Autosport's Young Driver of the Year award in 2018 following a strong season in British F3. But GTs instead of single-seaters is where the 20-year-old's focus has been since, including European Le Mans success with United Autosports. He told Autosport of his ambitions for the future

Le Mans Full Access: Episode 2
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Le Mans Full Access: Episode 2

The tense build-up to the world's most famous endurance race is revealed in episode two of the new Le Mans Full Access series, which gives fans an exclusive look behind-the-scenes.

Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1
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Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1

In the first episode of the new Le Mans Full Access series, fans are given an exclusive look into what goes on behind the scenes at the iconic endurance race.

GT3 boss Ratel voices support for 2024 Le Mans GT bodywork plan

Stephane Ratel, the architect of GT3, has voiced support for plans for the cars to run distinct bodywork when the class is adopted by the World Endurance Championship in 2024.

Westbrook certain Glickenhaus can fight for 2023 Le Mans win

Glickenhaus will remain a formidable competitor against an onslaught of new manufacturers in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours, reckons Richard Westbrook.

Kobayashi: Le Mans organisers didn’t want Alpine LMP1 to win

Toyota’s Kamui Kobayashi believes Le Mans 24 Hours organisers gave Alpine a last-minute Balance of Performance change because it did not want a grandfathered LMP1 car winning the race.

Le Mans test day moved permanently to one week before race

The official test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours will make a permanent move to one week before the blue riband round of the World Endurance Championship next year.

Nakajima to drive Group C Toyota raced by father at Le Mans Classic

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kazuki Nakajima will drive a Toyota-powered Group C car raced by his father Satoru in next month’s Le Mans Classic.

Toyota says Le Mans distance record now “impossible” to beat

Toyota says that it has given up on trying to beat the distance record at the Le Mans 24 Hours because the use of slow zones has made such a feat “impossible”.

Riley Ferrari lacked "oomph" to fight works GTE Pro cars at Le Mans

Riley Motorsports' privateer Ferrari lacked the "oomph" needed to seriously threaten the six works cars competing in the GTE Pro class in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, admits team owner Bill Riley.

Penske disappointed to miss podium on Le Mans 24 Hours return

Penske has admitted to disappointment with fifth in class on its modern debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours after challenging for a podium for much of the race.

Ogier may miss remainder of WEC season after Le Mans debut

Sebastien Ogier has revealed he doesn’t plan to contest the remaining rounds of the World Endurance Championship season following his Le Mans 24 Hours debut.

Podcast: Le Mans 24 Hours review

The 2022 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours returned the around-the-clock race to its usual June slot, and offered great racing as Toyota's #8 team took the outright victory.

Keating: "Special" Le Mans GTE Am win offers 2019 DQ redemption

Ben Keating says his GTE Am class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend feels like redemption for the 2019 victory he lost due to a post-race disqualification.

Hartley: Third Le Mans 24 win just as sweet as first with Porsche

Toyota driver Brendon Hartley has labelled his third Le Mans 24 Hours victory last weekend as just as special as his first back in 2017.

Da Costa explains "hectic moment" that threatened Jota's LMP2 Le Mans win

Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the "hectic moment" that risked the Jota LMP2 team's dominant run to a first class victory since 2017 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

How dominant Toyotas put on a show to win Le Mans 2022

Toyota scored its fifth win on the trot at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but once again let its two cars battle it out. The #7 entry of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa eventually defeated the rival #8 crew after an intense battle that was only decided by a minor technical problem for Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi

Porsche's Bruni admits luck determined last Le Mans GTE Pro fight

Porsche's Gianmaria Bruni admits luck played its part in deciding the outcome of the Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro battle as misfortune befell Corvette, Ferrari and the #92 Porsche.

Sims: Corvette losing last Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro win "difficult to swallow"

Corvette Racing’s Alexander Sims admits that losing the last-ever victory in the GTE Pro class at Le Mans 24 Hours following an incident with an LMP2 car is “difficult to swallow”.

Toyota praises Glickenhaus's Le Mans effort as "remarkable"

Toyota feels Glickenhaus did a “remarkable” job in only its second appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours and was able to match its pace at times during the race.

Toyota's Hirakawa 'didn't sleep for a week' amid Le Mans pressure

Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship rookie Ryo Hirakawa admits he didn't sleep properly for a week in the lead-up to his Le Mans 24 Hours victory with Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley.

Misfiring engine hurt Glickenhaus' chances at Le Mans

Olivier Pla has revealed that the #708 Glickenhaus 007 LMH was severely hindered by a misfiring engine in the Le Mans 24 Hours, limiting the squad’s ability to keep up with the leading Toyotas.

Le Mans 24 Hours: #8 Toyota secures victory as Porsche wins GTE Pro

Toyota secured its fifth consecutive victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the #8 crew of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa came out on top.

Le Mans 24 Hours: #8 Toyota closes in on win, GTE Pro victory fight heats up

Toyota's #8 entry maintained a healthy lead heading into the final four hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours, while the battle for GTE Pro honours between Ferrari and Porsche heated up.

Corvette's Le Mans 24 Hours victory hopes destroyed in crash

Corvette Racing's hopes of scoring the final GTE Pro class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours were destroyed as Alexander Sims was side-swiped by an errant LMP2 car with just over six hours to go.

Rast Le Mans start clash: "They all jumped the start"

Rene Rast has offered his version of the Turn 1 clash at the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours, saying his LMP2 class rivals jumped the start while he obeyed the rules.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Lead change after drama for #7 Toyota

Toyota suffered technical dramas just before two-thirds distance at the Le Mans 24 Hours, with a brief stoppage for Jose Maria Lopez promoting the #8 car of Brendon Hartley into the lead.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Slow zone breaks up Toyota duel at half distance

Toyota continued to dominate at the halfway mark of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the pulsating duel between its cars was split up by circumstance.

Alpine rues "incredibly frustrating" Le Mans gremlins

Alpine has explained the "incredibly frustrating" technical gremlins that have all but ended its Le Mans 24 Hours victory challenge with its Hypercar entry eight laps down after eight hours.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyotas swap places, Corvette #63 hits trouble

Toyota led at the eight-hour mark of the Le Mans 24 Hours, its cars swapping the lead on multiple occasions, while Corvette's hopes of victory in GTE Pro were dented.

United's Owen fumes after Turn 1 Le Mans contact with Rast

United Autosports LMP2 driver Will Owen has expressed his frustration with Rene Rast's 'aggressive' driving that led to their mutually-damaging contact at the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota nose-to-tail as Alpine, Glickenhaus delayed

Toyota led after four-hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours with both of its cars running in close formation, as its Hypercar class rivals Alpine and Glickenhaus hit trouble.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota #7 leads opening hour over #8 after dramatic start

Toyota led the opening hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours as the LMP2 class got off to a dramatic start, with a three-way collision at the first corner shaking up the order.

Live: Le Mans 24 Hours Live commentary and updates

Live updates from the 90th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Glickenhaus confident of matching Toyota pace in Le Mans 24 Hours

Glickenhaus is confident it can match rivals Toyota and Alpine on race pace during during this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours after trailing them in qualifying. 

WEC explains motivation behind 'GT3 Premium' to replace GTE

FIA World Endurance Championship organisers have explained the motivation behind the introduction of 'GT3 Premium' cars with bespoke bodywork instead of regular GT3 machinery in the series in 2024.

Le Mans 2022: The team by team guide

The 90th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours is here. Here's Autosport's run down of the full field and who to look out for in each class

Le Mans 24 Hours: #7 Toyota tops warm-up; Glickenhaus hits trouble

The #7 Toyota was fastest in the Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up as Glickenhaus Racing and Corvette Racing were among those to hit trouble in an incident-packed session.

GTE Pro drivers prepare to bid farewell to "special" WEC class

The World Endurance Championship's departing GTE Pro class brought "the level very high" and earned plaudits from drivers who have been actively racing in the category for several years.

Alpine gets power reduction in late Le Mans BoP change

Alpine has received a fresh Balance of Performance hit ahead of this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours. 

Ferrari receives power boost in latest Le Mans BoP adjustment

Ferrari has been given back a small amount of the power it lost in another tweak to the GTE Pro Balance of Performance for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

When broken Porsches staggered to Le Mans victory

The 1983 Le Mans had one of the most remarkable finishes in the history of the famous 24-hour race.

Ferrari teases first image of 2023 Le Mans challenger

Ferrari has teased an image of the new Le Mans Hypercar with which it will make a first bid for outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 50 years.

Bird confident privateer Riley Ferrari can target Le Mans GTE Pro win

Sam Bird believes that the privateer Riley Motorsports squad can aim for GTE Pro victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours against the might of the factory teams.

WEC drops GTE Pro class for 2023

The FIA World Endurance Championship has axed the GTE Pro class for the 2023 season amid a shift in manufacturer priorities.

Friday favourite: The special relationship built on a shared logic

Darren Turner has had countless team-mates during his long spell as an Aston Martin factory driver. But the three-time Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner picks out Stefan Mucke, after a five-year stint together that built a life-time friendship, as his favourite team-mate in Autosport's ongoing series

De Vries lands last-minute Le Mans 24 Hours drive

Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck de Vries has been recruited by TDS Racing at the last-minute to replace banned racer Philippe Cimadomo for this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Toyota: No concerns about Ogier's pace, evaluates third 2023 Le Mans entry

Toyota says it has no concerns about the pace of rally legend Sebastien Ogier as it evaluates running him in a third car at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

LMP2 driver Cimadomo banned after Le Mans practice incidents

TDS Racing LMP2 driver Philippe Cimadomo has been excluded from this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours as a result of three incidents during practice.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota in control to lead final practice

Toyota dominated the timesheets in final practice ahead of this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, going almost two seconds clear of the rest of the Hypercar field.

Hartley: Le Mans 24 Hours pole special for beating “Mr Qualifying” Kobayashi

Beating Kamui Kobayashi made taking pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours extra special for Brendon Hartley because his Toyota team-mate is “Mr Qualifying” at the French enduro.

Cadillac plans multiple cars for Le Mans 24 Hours, one-car attack for WEC

Cadillac is aiming to field multiple entries at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year around a one-car assault on the World Endurance Championship with its new LMDh prototype.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Hartley beats Kobayashi to pole in Toyota 1-2

Brendon Hartley secured a sixth consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours pole position for Toyota in a dramatic Hyperpole qualifying session, leading a one-two for the marque ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota quickest in crash-strewn third practice

Toyota locked out the top two spots in an incident-packed third practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours on Thursday afternoon.

Alpine gets further power increase in revised Le Mans BoP

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car has been handed a power increase in a revised Balance of Performance for the Le Mans 24 Hours issued ahead of Hyperpole qualifying on Thursday.

Cadillac reveals 2023 LMDh racer for WEC and IMSA programmes
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Cadillac reveals 2023 LMDh racer for WEC and IMSA programmes

Cadillac has revealed the first photographs and technical details of its 2023 LMDh prototype under the working name Project GTP Hypercar.

Tandy: Ferrari is Le Mans GTE Pro favourite despite Corvette pace

Nick Tandy feels Ferrari is the favourite for GTE Pro victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, despite his Corvette Racing team's strong form in the run-up to Hyperpole qualifying.

Hypercar pace will decide future of LMP2 class in WEC - Jarvis

The future of the LMP2 class in the World Endurance Championship hinges on how fast the new breed of Le Mans Hypercars and LMDh cars can go, reckons Oliver Jarvis.

The great Le Mans garagistes that challenged factory might

Glickenhaus is the latest in a line of small-time constructors to take on the big names. Here are some of the finest in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours