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WEC boss Neveu to stand down at the end of 2020

Gerard Neveu, the CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, will stand down from his position at the end of the current 2019/20 season.

Toyota impressed by Yamashita’s first Le Mans performance

Toyota LMP1 team director Rob Leupen has praised Kenta Yamashita for a “really good job” on the Japanese driver’s first appearance in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Why running Le Mans without the fanfare was crucial Prime

Why running Le Mans without the fanfare was crucial

This year's Le Mans 24 Hours was always going to standout in the history books as the one without the fans and the festival atmosphere, but running it in the first place was vital for both the present and the future

Beating Aston at Le Mans was "unthinkable" for Ferrari

Ferrari beating Aston Martin to GTE Pro class honours in the Le Mans 24 Hours was "unthinkable" given the British marque's pace advantage, says Miguel Molina.

JOTA's da Costa reveals Le Mans seat belt scare

JOTA Sport LMP2 driver Antonio Felix da Costa has revealed he suffered a scare with his seat belts coming unfastened during the Le Mans 24 Hours, which he feels may have cost the team victory.

Rebellion will not take part in Bahrain WEC finale

The Rebellion Racing LMP1 team has confirmed that the Le Mans 24 Hours was its final outing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and that it will not take part in the Bahrain season finale.

The inside story of the greatest Le Mans finish
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The inside story of the greatest Le Mans finish

The 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours was dramatic right to the very end. The legendary JW Automotive team manager David Yorke gave this account of the race in Autosport’s Le Mans Yearbook, published with the 10 June 1982 issue of the magazine…

Bourdais admits Le Mans result was “bittersweet”

Sebastien Bourdais says he recognizes both bad and good luck contributed to his fourth place finish with Risi Competizione in last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche puzzled by lack of pace in troubled Le Mans run 

Porsche’s GTE Pro squad suffered a Le Mans 24 Hours to forget, after a lack of pace and several technical issues turned the race into an ordeal for the Weissach marque.

How the "small things" cost another overdue win at Le Mans

While Toyota has truly broken its Le Mans curse by sealing a hat-trick of wins, the bad luck and frustration is squarely stuck with the #7 crew who once again must swallow defeat

Podcast: Toyota feels the highs and lows of Le Mans

Toyota took a third-straight Le Mans 24 Hours win to see out the LMP1 era, but not without heartbreak on the #7 side of the garage once again.

Toyota "surprised in two directions" by Rebellion pace

Toyota says it was “surprised in two directions” by the pace of privateer LMP1 rival Rebellion in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the Swiss outfit faded after a strong start.

Lynn proud of Aston's "vast improvement" after GTE triumph

Alex Lynn says he's "very proud" of the "vast improvement" made by the Aston Martin GTE squad that enabled it to take victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend.

Hanson thought United had "thrown away" LMP2 win

Phil Hanson says he feared United Autosports had "thrown away" its Le Mans 24 Hours victory in the LMP2 class as the race neared its dramatic conclusion with a late safety car period.

Toyota "running out of words" to console unlucky #7 Le Mans crew

Toyota’s LMP1 team says it is “running out of words” to console its #7 crew after another near-miss at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Senna: P2 for Rebellion an "incredible achievement"

Bruno Senna has described Rebellion Racing's second-place finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours as an "amazing achievement", hailing a relatively trouble-free run for the LMP1 privateer team.

Conway “gutted” over #7 Toyota’s latest Le Mans agony

Toyota’s Mike Conway admits he’s “gutted” to miss out on Le Mans 24 Hours victory once again with his #7 teammates, who lost the lead of the race due to a turbo problem just after half distance that ultimately restricted it to a third-placed finish.

Buemi feared "everything was lost" before Le Mans win

Toyota driver Sebastien Buemi admits he feared "everything was lost" for the #8 crew that ultimately came through for a third consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours victory following the car's early troubles.

Toyota claims Le Mans hat-trick on LMP1 swansong

Toyota Gazoo Racing completed a hat-trick of Le Mans 24 Hours wins as Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley piloted the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to a third consecutive victory on the car’s swansong outing at La Sarthe.

Le Mans 24h, H20: Rebellion issues put Toyota well clear

Toyota remains in control of the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with four hours remaining, with the #8 crew boasting a four-lap advantage at the head of the field.

Le Mans 24h, H16: #8 Toyota stays firmly in control

Toyota's #8 crew held a secure two-lap lead in the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with eight hours to go, helped by drama for the #7 car.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota drops down order with turbo issue

The #7 Toyota crew has lost the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours after a turbo issue forced the car into the garage just beyond the halfway mark.

Le Mans 24h, H12: Thrilling class battles at halfway

While the Toyotas continued unruffled at the front of the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an intra-team rivalry has just sparked LMP2 to life, and Ferraris and Aston Martins are battling over GT classes.

Le Mans 24h, H8: #7 Toyota leads into the night

Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez leads into the night after eight hours of racing at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, as the second car lost a lap due to brake issues.

Le Mans 24h: #8 Toyota has long stop to cure brake issue

Seven hours into the Le Mans 24 Hours, the #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi has suffered a first blow, losing a lap on the #7 sister car due to a brake change. 

Le Mans 24h, H4: Toyota strengthens 1-2 lead

Toyota remained comfortably in control of the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours after four hours, with Kamui Kobayashi leading the race in the #7 car from Brendon Hartley in #8.

Le Mans 24h, H1: Conway's Toyota leads, early drama in LMP2

Toyota's Mike Conway is leading the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours after one hour of racing, while reliability issues hit two LMP2 frontrunners.

The 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours entry list in full

Check out the full entry list for the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, including drivers confirmed so far.

The Le Mans 24 Hours as it happened

Follow all the action from the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with our livetext coverage.

United Autosports “not favourites” despite record LMP2 pace

United Autosports LMP2 team boss Richard Dean says his cars are “not the favourites the win the Le Mans 24 Hours, despite their record pace in qualifying.

Buemi wary of "dangerous" amateurs, wet conditions

Toyota driver Sebastien Buemi is predicting a race of survival in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours courtesy of wet conditions and a high number of event rookies. 

Aston Martin qualifying pace "didn't make sense" - Makowiecki

Fred Makowiecki said Aston Martin’s pace decline in Friday’s Hyperpole qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours “didn’t make sense” after it had topped qualifying practice on Thursday.

Le Mans 24h: Buemi and Toyota top damp warm-up

Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi has topped a damp Saturday morning warm-up session for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Rebellion has "no chance" of win unless Toyota slips up

Rebellion Racing concedes it has "no chance" of upsetting Toyota in the Le Mans 24 Hours unless the Japanese manufacturer makes a mistake.

First test of Peugeot’s Le Mans Hypercar already pushed back

The first test of new Peugeot Le Mans Hypercar – under development for the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022 – has been pushed back to late next year.

Toyota hails "much better" Hyperpole qualifying format

Toyota’s LMP1 team has applauded the new Hyperpole qualifying format for the Le Mans 24 Hours, saying the reduced amount of traffic provides a “much better” opportunity at setting the ideal laptime.

LMDh's full introduction to IMSA delayed until 2023

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is delaying the full introduction of the new LMDh category by a season until 2023. 

ByKolles reveals images of 2021 WEC hypercar design

ByKolles has revealed the first definitive images of what its 2021 Le Mans Hypercar will look like.

WEC releases condensed six-round 2021 calendar

The FIA World Endurance Championship has revealed a condensed six-round schedule for the 2021 season.

Rebellion's Menezes "really surprised" to split Toyotas

Rebellion Racing's Gustavo Menezes says he was "really surprised" to split the Toyotas in qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours with what he described as "pretty damn close to a perfect lap".

Peugeot chooses Hypercar for 2022 Le Mans return

Peugeot will make its return to the top flight of sportscar racing in 2022 with a Le Mans Hypercar.

Kobayashi "disappointed" to miss new Le Mans record

Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi admits he feels "a little bit disappointed" at missing out on breaking his Le Mans 24 Hours lap record from three years ago in the final year of the current-generation LMP1s.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota narrowly beats Rebellion to pole

Kamui Kobayashi has gifted Toyota another pole at the Le Mans 24 Hours after beating Rebellion’s Gustavo Menezes in a tightly-contested Hyperpole session.

Le Mans 24h: Rebellion leads Toyota in fourth practice

Rebellion Racing went fastest in final free practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours as the LMP1 teams prepared for the new Hyperpole qualifying session.

Porsche driver Pilet replaces Merriman at IDEC Sport

Factory Porsche driver Patrick Pilet has been called up at the last minute by IDEC Sport to replace Dwight Merriman following the American driver’s crash in practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h: Rebellion tops curtailed third practice

Rebellion driver Louis Deletraz led the way in third free practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which featured four hours of night time running.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota dominates first qualifying session

Toyota has upped the pace in Thursday’s first qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the leading cars in each class qualified for Friday’s grid-deciding Hyperpole.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota remains on top in second practice

Toyota remained firmly on top in the second three-hour practice session for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, which was interrupted twice by heavy accidents.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota leads red-flagged first practice

Toyota took the top two positions in opening practice for this weekend's rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Toyota: LMP1/LMH parity would "not be correct"

Toyota says it would "not be correct" if Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car gets performance parity with the new breed of Le Mans Hypercars that will race in the FIA World Endurance Championship's top class next year.

Saying goodbye to LMP1's ultimate underdog car

This weekend, ByKolles will be giving the venerable ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 car its final race outing, as the team chases a first classified finish at Le Mans with its own car after five failed attempts. Jamie Klein looks back on the car’s chequered history.

Gallery: Latest photos of Le Mans 24 Hours build-up

The 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours takes place this weekend, but the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic will make this year’s edition of the French classic different from any other.

Toyota: Beating 2017 Le Mans pole time "not impossible"

Toyota believes bettering Kamui Kobayashi's Le Mans 24 Hours lap record is not out of the question this weekend in the final year at La Sarthe for the current-generation LMP1 cars.

Porsche facing "disadvantage" in Le Mans GTE fight

Porsche is facing a "disadvantage" in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro battle because of a lack of testing at the Circuit de la Sarthe with the new 911 RSR-19, says Richard Lietz.

Dominant United LMP2 squad going into Le Mans "blind"

United Autosports is going into the Le Mans 24 Hours "blind" because it hasn't had chance to test its Oreca LMP2 car at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Filipe Albuquerque has warned.

Rebellion admits wet Le Mans would be "nightmare"

Rebellion Racing admits that a wet Le Mans 24 Hours would be a "nightmare" scenario following its poor showing in the rain-affected Spa FIA World Endurance Championship round.

The Ferrari Le Mans underdogs bouncing back from a COVID setback

It’s one daunting task to make your first-ever Le Mans 24 Hours start, but quite another to do it in crazy old 2020 – delayed by months and taking place with no fans thanks to COVID-19.

Jarvis predicts LMP2 car on overall Le Mans podium

There is a strong chance of an LMP2 car finishing on the overall podium in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, believes one of the drivers that achieved the feat three years ago, Oliver Jarvis.

Toyota drivers relishing chance of equal fight at Le Mans

Sebastien Buemi and Mike Conway are relishing the prospect of a evenly-matched fight between their Toyotas without success handicaps at this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Porsche reveals special Le Mans 24 Hours liveries

Porsche has revealed a pair of liveries for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours commemorating its first overall triumph at La Sarthe 50 years ago.