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The ex-F1 drivers making a name for themselves in Le Mans' underrated class

Kevin Magnussen will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this weekend alongside father Jan in LMP2. But the Danes won't be the only ex-F1 drivers to appear in the hotly contested category this year.

IDEC Sport withdraws #17 LMP2 entry after Le Mans practice shunt

IDEC Sport's #17 ORECA LMP2 entry has been withdrawn from this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours following a heavy crash in Thursday's Free Practice 3 session.

Le Mans 24h: FP4 headed by #8 Toyota from Alpine

Alpine split the Toyotas in the final practice ahead of this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, the blue riband round of the World Endurance Championship.

Vanthoor hails "lap of my life" after shock Le Mans GTE Pro pole

Dries Vanthoor described his Le Mans 24 Hours qualifying performance to beat the factories to the GTE Pro pole in his privateer HubAuto Porsche as the "lap of my life".

Le Mans 24h: Kobayashi grabs pole for #7 Toyota ahead of sister car

Kamui Kobayashi delivered Toyota pole position for the 89th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, holding off team-mate Brendon Hartley in Thursday night's Hyperpole shootout.

Le Mans 24h: Alpine quickest in disrupted FP3 as Toyota #8 crashes

The #36 Alpine A480-Gibson of Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere topped the third Le Mans 24 Hours practice session as Kazuki Nakajima crashed the #8 Toyota at Indianapolis.

What could have been: A Williams F1 tester's Le Mans near-misses

Many drivers enjoy brief flirtations with Le Mans before electing to focus their attentions other things. But for Max Wilson, two opportunities to get onto the start grid came and went - one less intentional than the other - before he began a unique journey that took him Indycar racing and then on to V8 Supercars

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Autosport Podcast: Le Mans 24 Hours Preview

The Le Mans 24 Hours is the subject of the latest Autosport Podcast, as the World Endurance Championship's new Hypercar era descends on the famous Circuit de la Sarthe.

Cadillac linked to Le Mans return with LMDh programme

General Motors has dropped heavy hints that it will take the Cadillac brand back to the Le Mans 24 Hours if it gives the green light to its LMDh programme.

How to prepare an amateur for Le Mans sensory overload

The 23-car GTE Am field promises to be one of the most open in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, with the added jeopardy of managing the enthusiasm of amateur drivers to boot, as Absolute Racing Porsche driver Marco Seefried explains

Alpine targeting 12-lap stints for chance at Le Mans victory

Alpine is targeting 12 laps between refuelling stops in an attempt to unlock its hopes of victory in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h: #8 Toyota heads 1-2 in red-flagged FP2

The #8 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time in Free Practice 2 ahead of this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, while WeatherTech's privateer Porsche topped GTE Pro.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota tops Qualifying as Hyperpole slots locked in

Toyota #7 crew Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez topped the first qualifying session at the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours, leading Alpine prior to Thursday's Hyperpole session.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota leads Alpine by 0.086s in tight FP1

Less than a tenth of a second separated the top three cars as the two Toyotas sandwiched the Alpine in first free practice for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success

Hypercar Le Mans power settings "worth 1.6s" a lap

The increase in power afforded to the Hypercar class at this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours gives a lap time gain of more than a second and a half.

Kubica hopes Le Mans debut will be "different" to previous 24h races

Ex-Formula 1 star Robert Kubica is targeting a race finish in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, having failed to see the chequered flag in previous endurance races of the same length.

Le Mans 24 Hours schedule: Qualifying, race & more

The 89th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours gets underway tomorrow at the Circuit de la Sarthe with two practice sessions and qualifying. Here's how you can follow it.

The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans

The rising HubAuto team steps up to GTE Pro at Le Mans this year for an ambitious bid to take on the three works giants – and has every reason to be optimistic of achieving its goal in becoming the first privateer on the podium since 2016

American teen set to break youngest Le Mans driver record next year

American Josh Pierson is set to become the youngest driver to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours when he contests the World Endurance Championship with United Autosports next year.

WeatherTech Porsche lacking top speed compared to works cars

Porsche privateer WeatherTech Racing "has a lot of work to do" to address its speed deficit to the factory cars at the Le Mans 24 Hours test, says Cooper MacNeil.

Glickenhaus "can fight" for Le Mans honours after setting Sunday test pace

The Glickenhaus team believes its timesheet-topping pace in Sunday's pre-race test is further proof that it can mount a credible challenge in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Laurent lands last-minute Le Mans 24 Hours return with IDEC Sport

Former Rebellion LMP1 driver Thomas Laurent has been drafted in at late notice to join the IDEC Sport LMP2 team for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans Hypercars: Top speed, rules & how they differ from LMP1

A new breed of racing car makes its Le Mans 24 Hours debut this month. But what is a Le Mans Hypercar, and how does it differ from LMP1?

Di Resta: 2020 Le Mans win "puts lot of pressure" on United

Ex-Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta believes United Autosports faces added pressure in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours due to the team’s status as the reigning champions.

Milner: Le Mans 24 Hours test didn't feel like Corvette C8.R's debut

Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner believes the American team's C8.R GTE is in a good place ahead of its Le Mans 24 Hours debut, saying he feels "like we have been racing this car at Le Mans for many years".

The 10 Best Le Mans Liveries: Rothmans, Silk Cut, Martini & more

The liveries of Le Mans cars have been as iconic as some of the races, but which is the best? Find out our top ten Le Mans liveries of all time here.

What to expect from the Richard Mille Racing Team all-female team at Le Mans second time around

Ninth in class at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours was a strong result for the newly-formed Richard Mille Racing Team in its first attempt at the legendary endurance race.

Magnussen relishes "really cool" first Le Mans experience

Kevin Magnussen has described his first experience of the Le Mans 24 Hours as “really cool” after clocking his first laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe in the official test day on Sunday.

Toyota: Glickenhaus pace is "very good news" for Le Mans

The pace of the new Glickenhaus at the Le Mans test day on Sunday is good news for the race and the World Endurance Championship, Toyota has proclaimed.

24 Hours Vision, at Le Mans

The Le Mans 24 Hours is widely regarded as the most gruelling endurance race in the world, pushing drivers to the very limits of human performance, and sometimes beyond. The challenge extends to much more than just the physicality of the event.

Le Mans test day: Glickenhaus tops test ahead of Toyota

Glickenhaus topped the pre-event test day for next week's Le Mans 24 Hours after a late run from Olivier Pla put the #708 car ahead of both Toyotas.

Le Mans test day: Toyota leads Alpine in opening session

Toyota led the way in the opening session of the Le Mans 24 Hours test day in which the three manufacturers in the Hypercar class were covered by less than a second.

Le Mans Records: Biggest winning margin, most distance & more

Motorsport is a numbers game. Think hours, minutes and seconds (and fractions thereof), laps, points, miles an hour, whatever.

Toyota confident of reliability fixes ahead of Le Mans test

Toyota is confident it has overcome the reliability issues that hit its two cars in last month's Monza World Endurance Championship round ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Plus

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and were considered heavy favourites to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen

Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Plus

Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally

Rigon ruled out of Le Mans 24 Hours due to Spa crash injury

Ferrari factory GT driver Davide Rigon has been ruled out of the Le Mans 24 Hours while he continues to recover from his recent crash in the Spa 24 Hours.

Tincknell joins Proton Porsche for Le Mans GTE Am assault

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Harry Tincknell has received a late call-up for this year's edition of the French enduro with the Proton Porsche team in GTE Am.

Who is the most successful Le Mans driver? Kristensen, Ickx and more

Along with the Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500, the Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the biggest and most illustrious events in international motorsport.

Why Le Mans' hidden gem will produce its most unpredictable race Plus

Why Le Mans' hidden gem will produce its most unpredictable race

OPINION: Much attention in the build-up to the Le Mans 24 Hours is naturally devoted to the battle for outright honours. But the slim field in the Hypercar class as it gets established means the best battle will likely be found in an often-ignored division

The best Le Mans 24 Hours films and documentaries to watch

The Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the toughest races in the world, pitting teams against both each other and the track. See the best films and documentaries here.

How many F1 drivers have won the Le Mans 24 Hours?

The Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the toughest races in motorsport, with a very unique driving style needed to win. But how many F1 drivers have won the race? Find out here.

Hypercars at full WEC power level in Le Mans, Alpine pegged back

Le Mans Hypercars are set to run at regular World Endurance Championship levels of power at the Le Mans 24 Hours later this month.

Kovalainen's Le Mans debut scuppered by SUPER GT clash

Ex-Formula 1 racer Heikki Kovalainen says he's disappointed that the rescheduling of the Suzuka SUPER GT round has prevented him from making his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this year.

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Plus

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year

Two-time Le Mans winner Jean-Pierre Jaussaud dies aged 84

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jean-Pierre Jaussaud has died aged 84 after a short illness.

Glickenhaus finalises Le Mans driver roster, Menezes misses out

Glickenhaus Racing has finalised its driver line-ups for its two-car Le Mans Hypercar entry in next month's Le Mans 24 Hours, with Gustavo Menezes missing out on a spot in the six-driver roster.

What next for 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual?

Just over a year ago, the first-ever virtual edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans became the largest online racing event in motorsports’ history and registered a massive viewing audience. With this year’s real-world Le Mans delayed until August, what’s next for the virtual event?

Ilott secures Iron Lynx Le Mans 24 Hours drive

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut at this year’s edition of the twice around the clock sportscar racing classic next month. 

GTE Pro champion Sorensen to make LMP2 debut at Le Mans

World Endurance Championship GTE Pro champion Marco Sorensen will make his LMP2 debut at next month's Le Mans 24 Hours, joining Ricky Taylor and Dennis Andersen at High Class Racing.

How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts Plus

How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts

OPINION: Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

Thiim added to Aston Martin Le Mans 24 Hours line-up

Reigning World Endurance Championship GTE Pro title winner Nicki Thiim will make a return to the series with Aston Martin Racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours in August. 

Le Mans Hypercars will be able to compete in IMSA as part of WEC convergence

Le Mans Hypercars from the World Endurance Championship will be able to compete against LMDh machinery in the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023.

United Autosports completes Le Mans line-up with Boyd

United Autosports has announced that Wayne Boyd will join Paul di Resta and Alex Lynn in its third LMP2 entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Peugeot reveals first images of radical 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar

The first photographs of Peugeot's 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship challenger reveal innovative aerodynamics that do away with the need for a conventional rear wing. 

Tickets for fans to attend Le Mans 24 Hours in 2021 now on sale

50,000 fans are set to be admitted to this year’s event in August.

How Aston Martin scored its greatest victory

The Aston Martin team was under pressure ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959. After a decade of trying and three second places, owner David Brown was determined to win one of sportscar racing’s greatest events.

Penske IndyCar drivers are candidates for Porsche LMDh drives in 2023

Roger Penske hopes his current IndyCar drivers will be part of the team's endurance line-ups when the Porsche LMDh programme starts in the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2023.