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The 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans) which was created at the 1922 Salon de l'Automobile in the Grand Palais in Paris by Georges Durand, ACO general secretary and some of the most important members of the club, and Emile Coquille, the French representative of the Rudge-Whitworth detachable wheels company, is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. Commonly known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency, race teams have to balance speed against the car's ability to run for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage to the car and manage the car's consumables, primarily fuel, tyres and braking materials. The endurance of the drivers is likewise tested as drivers frequently spend stints of over two hours behind the wheel before stopping in the pits and allowing a relief driver to take over the driving duties. Drivers then grab what food and rest they can before returning to drive another stint. Today it is mandated that three drivers share each competing vehicle.

The race is organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe, a circuit containing a mix of closed public roads and specialist motor racing circuit that are meant not only to test a car and driver's ability to be quick, but also to last over a 24 hour period. The competing teams will race in groups called classes for cars of similar specification while at the same time competing for outright placing amongst all of the classes. Originally, the race was held for cars as they were sold to the general public which were then called Sports Cars compared to the specialist racing cars used in Grands Prix. Over time, the competing vehicles evolved away from their publicly available road car roots and today, the race is made of two classes specialised enclosed-bodywork two-seat Prototype sports cars and two classes of Grand Touring cars which bear much closer resemblance to high performance sports cars as sold to the public.

Competing teams have had a wide variety of organisation, ranging from competition departments of road car manufacturers who are eager to prove the supremacy of their products, to professional motor racing teams who represent their commercial backers, some of which are also road car manufacturers attempting to win without the expense of setting up their own teams, to amateur race teams, racing as much to compete in the famous race as to claim victory for their commercial partners.

The race is held in June, leading at times to very hot weather conditions for the drivers, particularly in closed roof vehicles whose cabins can heat up to uncomfortably hot temperatures with generally poor ventilation; rain, however, is not uncommon.

The race begins in mid-afternoon, racing through the night and following morning before finishing at the same time the race started, the following day. [3] Over the 24 hour period modern competitors will complete race distances well over 5,000 km (3,110 mi). The present record is 5,410 km (3,360 mi), recorded in the 2010 race.[4] It is a distance over six times longer than the Indianapolis 500, or approximately 18 times longer than a Formula One Grand Prix. The race has over the years inspired imitating races all over the globe, popularising the 24-hour format at places like Daytona, Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Sebring and Mount Panorama. Presently, the American Le Mans Series and the European based Le Mans Series of multi-event sports car championships have been spun off from 24 Hours of Le Mans regulations. Other races include the Le Mans Classic, a race for Le Mans race cars of years past held on the Circuit de la Sarthe, a motorcycle version of the race which is held on the shortened Bugatti version of the same circuit, a kart race (24 Heures Karting) and a truck race (24 Heures Camions).

The race has also spent long periods as a round of the World Sportscar Championship, although Le Mans has always had a stronger reputation than the World Championship, and is presently a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The race is also known as a leg of the informal Triple Crown of Motorsport which links Formula One, Cars and Sports car racing to represent a career achievement for drivers. Additionally, it is seen as a leg of Triple Crown of endurance racing, which links the three largest sports car races together with 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona forming the other legs.

1923-1939

Pic: CHENARD WALCKER LM 1923 HOBBY CLASSIC

May 26th, 27th, 1923 saw the first running of the Le Mans 24 hours, on the public roads around Le Mans town. The original plan was for a three year event awarded the Rudge-Whitworth Triennial Cup, with the winner being declared by the car which could go the farthest distance over three consecutive 24 Hour races, abandoned in 1928, the overall winners were declared for each single year depending on who covered the farthest distance in 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 1930's 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.

1949-1969

Pic: Le Mans 1951 Car #3 was driven by Briggs Cunningham/George Huntoon, Car #4 was driven by Phil Waters/John Fitch, and Car #5, shown in this post, was driven by George Rand/Fred Wacker.

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 Sportscar 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 which lead to tragedy with an accident during the 1955 race. The car of Pierre Levegh crashed into a crowd of spectators, on the pit straight killing more than 80 people. It was miscommunication that led to it, Lance Maklin moved to let Mike Hawthorn through signalling he was heading to the pits.

Unaware of levegh's Mercedes coming at him Macklin moved to the centre of the track and Levegh's car hit the Austin Healy. The car was thrown into the crowd were it disintegrated and caught fire with its parts crashing through the spectators.

Being made of magnesium the emergency crews putting the flames out with water made the situation worse.

This event led to widespread safety measures being brought in, not only at Le Mans, but elsewhere in the world of motor sport. Mercedes withdrew from motorsport, Switzerland banned motor racing. 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. changes, speeds over 200 mph are still regularly reached at various points on a Le Mans 24 hours lap.

1994-1999

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.



2000-2010

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 bio-ethanol, 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-Present Day

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.

Le Mans 2013 saw the first win by a Hybrid car with the Audi R18 again winning

Le Mans 2014 saw the return of the outright Le Mans winners Porsche with a new LMP1 to take on audi and Toyota, Nissan managed to do the first Full electric lap of the track with the ZEOD

Le Mans 2015 saw the return of the Nissan with a radical new LMP1 to take on audi and Toyota, This venture was fraught with problems that would ultimately fail

Information courtesy various sources
Track Information

The circuit on which the 24 Hours of Le Mans is run is named the Circuit de la Sarthe, after the department that Le Mans is within. It consists of both permanent track and public roads that are temporarily closed for the race. Since 1923, the track has been extensively modified, mostly for safety reasons, and now is 13.629 km or 8.1 miles in length. The Bugatti circuit provides the pit lane facilities and the first corner with the famous Dunlop bridge.

Initially entered the town of Le Mans, then the track was cut short to better protect spectators. This led to the creation of the Dunlop Curve and Tertre Rouge corners before rejoining the old circuit on the Mulsanne.

The track has been changed many times over the years. The Circuit des 24 Heures is probably best known for the famous Mulsanne straight, a part of the RN138 known locally as Ligne Droite des Hunaudières, now including 2 Playstation chicanes. You can still eat feet from the Cars at the Chinese at Hunaudières.

The addition of the chicanes was another safety precaution after the WM P88-Peugeot of French driver Roger Dorchy had been timed at 405 km/h (252 mph) during the 1988 race.

The circuit stays on public roads through the slightly banked Indianapolis and Arnage corners until it branches off for the Porsche Curves which bypasses the old Maison Blanche section and then finally heads back to the Bugatti circuit at the Ford Chicane.

The public sections of the track differ from the permanent circuit, especially in comparison with the Bugatti Circuit which is inside the Circuit de la Sarthe. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the public roads are not as smooth or well kept. They also offer less grip because of the lack of soft-tyre rubber laid down from racing cars, though this only affects the first few laps of the race. The roads are closed only within a few hours of the practice sessions and the race, before being opened again almost as soon as the race is finished. Workers have to assemble and dismantle safety barriers every year for the public sections.

 

1923-1928



Length: 17.262 km
The first track layout for the 24 Hour race was completely different to that used for the very first French Grand Prix in 1906.
The track entirely comprised of public roads south of the city and ventured into the suburbs as far as the Pontlieue hairpin.
Distance record was set by the 1928 winners: 2,669.27 km, average speed: 111.219 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1928 race by Henry Birkin in his 4.4 litre Bentley with a time of 8:07, an average speed of 127.604 km/h

1929-1931



Length: 16.340 km
The track was shortened for safety reasons to avoid the town suburbs that were expanding rapidly.
The new link road constructed at the ACO's expense was named the 'Rue du Circuit'.
Distance record set by the 1931 winners: 3,017.65 km, average speed: 125.735 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1930 race by Henry Birkin in his 4.4 litre Bentley with a time of 6:48, an average speed of 144.362 km/h.

1932-1955


Length: 13.492 km
The track was further shortened with a new purpose built section connecting the pits straight and the
Tertre Rouge corner on the Le Mans - Tours road.
The section included the erection of the famous Dunlop bridges.
Distance record set by the 1955 winners: 4,135.38 km, average speed: 172.308 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1955 race by Mike Hawthorn in the winning Jaguar D-type with a time of 4:06.60, an average speed of 196.963 km/h.

1956-1967


Length: 13.461 km
In the aftermath of the 1955 accident, the whole pit area was rebuilt. Track width and pit lane modifications led
to a change in the Dunlop curve, shortening the track by 31 metres.
Distance record set by the 1967 winners: 5,232.90 km, average speed: 218.038 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1967 race by Denny Hulme & Mario Andretti (both Ford Mk IVs) with a time of 3:23.60,an average speed of 238.014 km/h.

1968-1971


Length: 13.469 km
To reduce the speeds past the pit area, a chicane was installed immediately prior to the pit entrance.
Named the Ford chicane, the track was slightly redirected from Maison Blanche.
Distance record set by the 1971 winners: 5,335.31 km, average speed: 222.304 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1971 race by Jackie Oliver in the number 18 Gulf Porsche 917LH with a time of 3:18.40,an average speed of 244.387 km/h.

1972-1978


Length: 13.640 km
Starting on the Arnage to Maison Blanche stretch, a new section was constructed, by-passing Maison Blanche completely.
This joined the existing track with another slow corner at the Ford chicane.
Distance record set by the 1978 winners: 5,044.53 km, average speed: 210.188 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1978 race by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the A443 Renault with a time of 3:34.20,an average speed of 229.244 km/h.

1979-1985


Length: 13.626 km
Due to the construction of a new public road, Tertre Rouge corner had to be reprofiled, changing it from a right angled
corner to a faster, but more complex double apex. Second Dunlop Bridge removed.
Distance record set by the 1985 winners: 5,088.51 km, average speed: 212.021 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1985 race by Jacky Ickx in the works Rothmans Porsche 962 with a time of 3:25.10,
an average speed of 239.169 km/h.

1986


Length: 13.528 km
Mulsanne corner was modified to avoid a new roundabout that had been installed to reduce accidents at the junction.
The new layout kinked right just before the original corner, with the new corner slightly offset.
Distance record set by the 1986 winners: 4,972.73 km, average speed: 207.197 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1986 race by the number 7 Joest Porsche 956 of Ludwig, Barilla and 'Winter' with a time of 3:23.3, an average speed of 239.551 km/h.

1987-1989


Length: 13.535 km
Due to excessive speeds attained by the bikes on the approach to the Dunlop bridge during their races,
the Dunlop curve was altered and a chicane installed before the bridge, slowing speeds dramatically.
Distance record set by the 1988 winners: 5,332.79 km, average speed: 221.622 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1989 race by the number 4 TWR Silk Cut Jaguar of Alain Ferté with a time of 3:21.27,an average speed of 242.093 km/h.

1990-1996


Length: 13.600 km
The Mulsanne straight was split into three sections by the introduction of two mirror-imaged chicanes to comply
with an FIA directive on maximum length of straights. New pit lane entrance in readiness for the new pit complex in 1991.
Distance record set by the 1993 winners: 5,100.00 km, average speed: 213.358 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1993 race by Eddie Irvine driving the number 36 Toyota TS010 with a time of 3:27.47, an average speed of 235.986 km/h.

1997-2001


Length: 13.605 km
A slight reprofiling of the Dunlop chicane, moving the turn in further away from the bridge itself to accommodate
a larger run off area/gravel trap, again mainly for the safety of the bikes.
Distance record set by the 2000 winners: 5,007.988 km, average speed: 208.666 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 1999 race by Ukyo Katayama in the no.3 Toyota GT-One with a time of 3:35.032, an average speed of 227.771 km/h.
For 2001, the profile of the "hump" at the end of the Mulsanne Straight was lowered as part of the FIA recommendations in the wake of the Mercedes'
accidents in 1999, but this did not affect the overall layout.

2002-2006


Length: 13.650 km
A major change between the Dunlop Bridge & the Esses with the straight run down the hill being replaced
by a series of sweeps. This was to facilitate a better entry to the short Bugatti circuit.
Distance record set by the 2006 winners: 5,187.00 km, average speed: 215.409 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 2006 race by the no.7 Audi R10 of Capello, Kristensen & McNish with a time of 3:31.211, an average speed of 230.182 km/h.

2007-Today


Length: 13.629 km
Reprofiling of Tertre Rouge corner, smoothing away the apex into a longer flowing curve onto the start of the Mulsanne Straight.
Addition of a run off area at Arnage corner was added in 2012
Addition of a new protection system at Porsche Curves in 2016
Changes to the road and banking at Indianapolis and Arnage Corners in 2016
Distance record set by the 2010 winners: 5,410.713 km, average speed: 225.228 km/h.
Fastest lap was set during the 2015 race by the no.9 AUDI R18 E-Tron Quattro of Andre Lotterer with a time of 3:17.475
an average speed of xxx.xx km/h.

Track Speeds

Race Winners

The first Le Mans was held in 26/27 May 1923 and was won by Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard in their 3 litre Chenard & Walcker. All races since then have been held in June, with the exceptions of 1956 (July) and 1968 (September). Traditionally, the race always starts at 16:00 on the Saturday, although in 1984 the race started at 15:00 due to the conflicting French General Election. The race has been held every year since then with the exceptions of 1936, and between 1940 and 1948, when the Second World War intervened.

In the original configuration, the race track used was 10.73 miles (17.26 km) long, and has subsequently been shortened on several occasions. The traditional start, where drivers ran across the track to their race cars, was last used in 1969.

The worst ever motorsport accident unfortunately occured during the 1955 Le Mans race. Having voiced his unease at the narrowness of the straight in front of the pits, Pierre Levegh's Mercedes struck the rear of an Austin Healey driven by Lance Macklin on the pit straight. The car rammed the bank, exploded, and its engine flew into the packed grandstand, killing 80. Levegh died instantly, and the entire Mercedes team was withdrawn, including Stirling Moss and Juan-Manuel Fangio. This precipitated the complete withdrawal from motorsport for Mercedes.

Year Car Drivers Distance Speed
miles mph
Circuit - 10.726 miles
1923 Chenard & Walcker A.Lagache, R.Leonard (F) 1372.9 57.21
1924 Bentley 3 litre J.Duff, F.Clement (GB) 1290.8 53.78
1925 La Lorraine G.de Courcelles, A.Rossignol (F) 1388.1 57.84
1926 La Lorraine R.Bloch, A.Rossignol (F) 1586.0 66.08
1927 Bentley 3 litre D.Benjafield, S.Davis (GB) 1472.5 61.34
1928 Bentley 4.5 W.Barnato, B.Rubin (GB) 1658.6 69.11
Circuit - 10.153 miles
1929 Bentley 6 speed W.Barnato, Sir H.Birkin (GB) 1767.1 73.63
1930 Bentley 6 speed W.Barnato, G.Kidston (GB) 1821.0 75.88
1931 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 E.Howe, Sir H.Birkin (GB) 1875.1 78.13
Circuit - 8.475 miles
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 R.Sommer, L.Chinetti (F,I) 1835.6 76.58
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 R.Sommer, T.Nuvolari (F,I) 1953.6 81.40
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 L.Chinetti, P.Etancelin (I,F) 1793.9 74.74
1935 Lagonda M45R JS Hindmarsh, L.Fontes (GB,RA) 1868.3 77.85
1936 Race cancelled
1937 Bugatti 57G JP Wimille, R.Benoist (F) 2043.0 85.13
1938 Delahaye 135M E.Chaboud, J.Tremoulet (F) 1976.5 82.36
1939 Bugatti 57G JP Wimille, P.Veyron (F) 2084.5 86.69
1940-48 Race cancelled
1949 Ferrari 166MM L.Chinetti, Lord Selsdon (USA,GB) 1974.9 82.28
1950 Talbot-Lago L.Rosier, JL Rosier (F) 2153.1 89.71
1951 Jaguar C-Type P.Walker, P.Whitehead (GB) 2243.9 93.50
1952 Mercedes-B.300SL H.Lang, F.Riess (D) 2320.1 96.67
1953 Jaguar C-Type T.Rolt, D.Hamilton (GB) 2540.2 105.84
1954 Ferrari 375 F.Gonzalez, M.Trintignant (RA,F) 2523.5 105.15
1955 Jaguar D-Type M.Hawthorn, I.Bueb (GB) 2569.6 107.07
Circuit - 8.364 miles
1956 Jaguar D-Type R.Flockhart, N.Sanderson (GB) 2507.2 104.47
1957 Jaguar D-Type R.Flockhart, I.Bueb (GB) 2732.2 113.85
1958 Ferrari 250TR58 O.Gendebien, P.Hill (B,USA) 2548.8 106.20
1959 Aston Martin DBR1 C.Shelby, R.Salvadori (USA,GB) 2701.7 112.57
1960 Ferrari 250TR59/60 O.Gendebien, P.Frere (B) 2620.6 109.19
1961 Ferrari 250TR61 O.Gendebien, P.Hill (B,USA) 2781.6 115.90
1962 Ferrari 330LM/TR O.Gendebien, P.Hill (B,USA) 2765.9 115.24
1963 Ferrari 250P L.Scarfiotti, L.Bandini (I) 2834.5 118.10
1964 Ferrari 275P J.Guichet, N.Vaccarella (F,I) 2917.5 121.56
1965 Ferrari 250LM J.Rindt, M.Gregory (A,USA) 2906.2 121.09
1966 Ford GT40 Mk2 C.Amon, B.McLaren (NZ) 3009.4 125.39
1967 Ford GT40 Mk4 D.Gurney, AJ Foyt (USA) 2630.2 135.48
Circuit - 8.369 miles
1968 Ford GT40 P.Rodriguez, L.Bianchi (Mex,B) 2766.9 115.29
1969 Ford GT40 J.Ickx, J.Oliver (B,GB) 3105.6 129.40
1970 Porsche 917 H.Herrmann, R.Attwood (D,GB) 2863.2 119.30
1971 Porsche 917 H.Marko, G.van Lennep (A,NL) 3315.2 138.13
Circuit - 8.475 miles
1972 Matra-Simca MS670 H.Pescarolo, G.Hill (F,GB) 2915.1 121.45
1973 Matra-Simca MS670B H.Pescarolo, G.Larrousse (F) 3016.1 125.67
1974 Matra-Simca MS670B H.Pescarolo, G.Larrousse  (F) 2862.4 119.27
1975 Mirage-Ford M8 J.Ickx, D.Bell  (B,GB) 2855.6 118.98
1976 Porsche 936 J.Ickx, G.van Lennep (B,NL) 2963.9 123.49
1977 Porsche 936 J.Ickx,J.Barth,H.Haywood (B,D,USA) 2902.8 120.95
1978 Renault Alpine JP Jaussaud, D.Pironi (F) 3134.5 130.60
Circuit - 8.467 miles
1979 Porsche 935 K.Ludwig,B & D.Whittington (D,USA) 2590.9 108.10
1980 Rondeau Ford M379B JP Jaussaud, J.Rondeau (F) 2861.4 119.23
1981 Porsche 936-81 J.Ickx, D.Bell (B,GB) 2998.3 124.93
1982 Porsche 956-82 J.Ickx, D.Bell (B,GB) 3044.2 126.84
1983 Porsche 956-83 V.Schuppan,H.Haywood,A.Holbert (A,US) 3136.5 130.70
1984 Porsche 956B K.Ludwig, H.Pescarolo (D,F) 3045.0 126.88
1985 Porsche 956B K.Ludwig, P.Barilla, J.Winter (D,I,D) 3157.9 131.76
Circuit - 8.51 miles
1986 Porsche 962C D.Bell, H.Stuck, A.Holbert (GB,D,USA) 3088.1 128.66
Circuit - 8.45 miles
1987 Porsche 962C D.Bell, H.Stuck, A.Holbert (GB,D,USA) 2977.0 124.06
1988 Jaguar XJR-9LM J.Dumfries,J.Lammers,A.Wallace(GB,NL,GB) 3313.2 137.72
1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 J.Mass, S.Dickens, M.Reuter (D,S,D) 3269.6 136.23
Circuit - 8.45 miles (with Mulsanne Chicanes)
1990 Jaguar XJR-12 M.Brundle,J.Nielsen,P.Cobb (GB,DK,USA) 3040.7 126.69
1991 Mazda 787B J.Herbert,B.Gachot,V.Weidler (GB,B,D) 3058.9 127.45
1992 Peugeot 905 D.Warwick,Y.Dalmas,M.Blundell (GB,F,GB) 2992.0 124.66
1993 Peugeot 905B G.Brabham, E.Helary, C.Bouchut (AUS,F,F) 3168.8 133.34
1994 Dauer Porsche962LM Y.Dalmas, H.Haywood, M.Baldi (F,USA,I) 2912.2 121.33
1995 McLaren F1 GTR Y.Dalmas, JJ Lehto, M.Sekiya (F,SF,J) 2518.1 105.01
1996 Porsche WSC95 D.Jones, M.Reuter, A.Wurz (USA,D,A) 2991.3 124.65
1997 Porsche WSC95 M.Alboreto, S.Johansson, T.Kristensen (I,S,DK) 3050.5 126.88
1998 Porsche 911 GT1-98 A.McNish, S.Ortelli, L.Aiello (GB,F,F) 2966.0 123.85
1999 BMW V12 LMR Y.Dalmas, J.Winkelhock, P.Martini (F,D,I) 3084.3 128.51
2000 Audi A8 F.Biela, T.Kristensen, E.Pirro (D,DK,I) 3109.6 129.57
2001 Audi R8 F.Biela, T.Kristensen, E.Pirro (D,DK,I) 2712.4 113.09
Circuit - 8.483 miles
2002 Audi R8 F.Biela, T.Kristensen, E.Pirro (D,DK,I) 3181.3 132.42
2003 Bentley Speed8 R.Capello, T.Kristensen, G.Smith (I,DK,GB) 3196.1 133.17
2004 Audi R8 S.Ara, T.Kristensen, R.Capello (J,DK,I) 3215.3 133.88
2005 Audi R8 JJ Lehto, T.Kristensen, M.Werner (SF,DK,D) 3075.8 128.16
2006 Audi R10 TDI F.Biela, E.Pirro, M.Werner (D,I,D) 3158.9 131.18
Circuit - 8.469 miles
2007 Audi R10 TDI F.Biela, E.Pirro, M.Werner (D,I,D) 3125.1 129.95
2008 Audi R10 TDI A.McNish, R.Capello, T.Kristensen (GB,I,DK) 3226.6 134.41
2009 Peugeot 908Hdi-FAP A.Wurz, D.Brabham, M.Gene (A,AUS,E) 3235.0 134.63
2010 Audi R15-plus TDI T.Bernhard, R.Dumas, M.Rockenfeller (D,F,D) 3361.2 139.95
2011 Audi R18 TDI B.Treluyer, M.Fassler, A.Lotterer (F,CH,D) 3006.4 125.06
2012 Audi R18 e-tron q. B.Treluyer, M.Fassler, A.Lotterer (F,CH,D) 3201.3 133.27
2013 Audi R18 e-tron q. A.McNish, T.Kristensen, L.Duval (GB,DK,F) 2947.1 122.69
2014 Audi R18 e-tron q. A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer, M.Fassler (D,F,CH) 3209.6 133.55
2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid. N.Hulkenberg, E.Bamber, N.Tandy (D,NZ,GB) 3345.1 139.31
2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid. N.Jani, R.Dumas, M.Lieb (S,F,G) 3251.9 135.43
2017 Porsche 919 Hybrid. T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.Hartley (D,NZ,NZ) 3108.0 129.38
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