2013 Le Mans 24 Hours - a year of record audiences!

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The Le Mans 24-Hours anniversary race, marred by the tragic death of Allan Simonsen, was a huge popular success with record audiences.

The first analyses speak for themselves and this event will remain in the annals for a long time. Here are the main figures.

Spectators at the circuit

- 245 000 spectators at the circuit, 5 000 more than in 2012.
- 24 000 spectators on the first day of practice (Wednesday 19th June), 47 000 the second day (Thursday 20th June).
- 23 000 spectators at the test day (Sunday 9th June).
- 15 000 spectators at the Earth, Wind & Fire experience’s concert featuring Al McKay on Saturday 22nd June.

LMP1 podium: class and overall winners Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Loic Duval, second place Anthony Davidson, Stéphane Sarrazin, Sebastien Buemi, third place Marc Gene, Oliver Jarvis, Lucas di Grassi
LMP1 podium: class and overall winners Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Loic Duval, second place Anthony Davidson, Stéphane Sarrazin, Sebastien Buemi, third place Marc Gene, Oliver Jarvis, Lucas di Grassi

Photo by: James M. Holland

Press

- 1 405 journalists from 42 different countries (written press/radio/photographers/new media) accredited (1 345 in 2012).
- They represented 652 different media.

Television

- 1 178 television personnel, including 430 for televised production, compared to 914 in 2012.
- 30 international television networks bought the rights to show the 2013 race (23 in 2012).
- They covered 190 countries (same as in 2012).
- They enabled 707.3 million viewers to follow it (579.75 million in 2012).
- 126 TV commentary teams from all over the world were at Le Mans (85 in 2012).

Records for the race TV broadcasters

- Eurosport: new record audience with 24.4 million TV viewers over the coverage as a whole (17.7 million during the race) on the Eurosport and Eurosport 2 channels throughout Europe for a total of 44 hours broadcasting.
- France Télévision: a big increase. Sunday 23rd June, France 3 doubled its audience compared to 2012 with a peak of 2.3 million at the finish (16,7 % of the PdA). On all the broadcasts during the Le Mans 24 Hours France 2 and France 3 attracted an average of 1.3 million TV viewers (11.1% of the PdA), a significant increase compared to 2012. (the global audience figures will be announced at a later date).

Web TV

- 5 743 822 connections (3 200 000 in 2012).
- A peak of 111 570 simultaneous connections at 13 h 00 on Sunday 23rd June (new DailyMotion record, the previous ones were the recent election of the new Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and David Beckham’s Parisian press conference)!
- 531 580 connections came from mobile equipment (tablets, Smartphones, including 11 000 simultaneously).
- WebTV spectators connected from 70 countries. After the French, the Japanese and the Americans had the most connections, and the 70th country on the list was Uruguay with 1 032 webspectators.

Social networks

- 149 453 fans on the Le Mans 24-Hours Facebook « ACO Officials ». (90 000 in 2012)
- 13 700 000 impressions of Facebook contents either on the ACO wall or the fans wall.
- 370 000 : Number of tweets on the race (132 000 in 2012)
- 147 500 clicks.
- 55 550 subscribers on the French and English Twitter accounts #LM24. (25 000 in 2012)
- 627 messages sent by the ACO to its followers during the week of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Internet sites

- The internet sites 24h-lemans.com, lemans.org and lemans-tv.com (outside Web TV) received 2 353 000 visits during the Le Mans 24-Hours weekend (1 456 000 in 2012) .
- 562 817 connections from mobile equipment (tablets and Smartphones) compared to 164 910 in 2012.

On the radio

- The Radio France Group, partner of the event mobilised more than 60 people to cover the race from the circuit.
- 30 hours live were broadcast over the race weekend including nine devoted to the night of the event (from 21 h 00 to 6 h 00) put out on the 43 stations France Bleu in France.
- France Bleu Maine broadcast over 100 reports devoted to the race and France Bleu National fifteen.
- 30 live reports and 40 flashes were broadcast by France before, during and after the race.

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