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Le Mans 24 Hours will be Penske’s final LMP2 entry this year

Team Penske has announced that the team will not race in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship beyond next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

NASCAR Le Mans entry evoked fairness concerns by Toyota, Ford

Toyota and Ford executives have expressed concerns of fairness regarding Chevrolet’s Next Gen car entry in the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Porsche: Four-car LMDh attack for Le Mans 2023 unlikely
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Porsche: Four-car LMDh attack for Le Mans 2023 unlikely

Porsche appears unlikely to bring the North American arm of its Penske-run LMDh factory team to next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours to bolster its FIA World Endurance Championship squad.

The 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours entry list in full

Check out the full entry list for the 89th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, including all the confirmed drivers, teams and cars.

Sauber-Mercedes C11: The ultimate Group C car that missed its main goal
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Sauber-Mercedes C11: The ultimate Group C car that missed its main goal

Across his career Karl Wendlinger competed in a comprehensive range of the great and the good cars, but his pick of the bunch is the iconic Sauber-Mercedes C11 that he only raced on four occasions and yielded just one win for him.

Williams F1 reserve Aitken set to make Le Mans LMP2 debut

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken is set to make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in June with the Algarve Pro Racing LMP2 squad.

WEC, Le Mans GTE Pro class gets car-count ultimatum for 2023
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WEC, Le Mans GTE Pro class gets car-count ultimatum for 2023

GTE Pro will only continue at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year if it attracts a minimum of four cars from two manufacturers.

NASCAR Next Gen “has to have hybrid” for Le Mans 24h entry

NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car will have to race with hybrid engine technology for the first time at the Le Mans 24 Hours if Chevrolet lands the Garage 56 entry in 2023 as intended.

NASCAR, Hendrick to take Next Gen car to 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours

NASCAR plans to take its new Next Gen stock car, currently used in its Cup Series, to the Le Mans 24 Hours as a Garage 56 entry in 2023.

Ferrari releases first images of new 296 GT3 car

Ferrari has released the first images of its new 296 GT3 racer which is set to take over from the marque's long-standing 488 model next year.

Porsche 917 ace, Monte Carlo Rally winner Vic Elford dies
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Porsche 917 ace, Monte Carlo Rally winner Vic Elford dies

Vic Elford, one of the finest sportscar racers never to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and Porsche 917 ace, has died at the age of 86.

Audi set to call off WEC, Le Mans return after pausing LMDh project

Audi looks set to axe its return to front-line sportscar racing next year with a new LMDh prototype after admitting that the project has been put on hold.

Full 62-car field for 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours after G-Drive withdrawal

A full 62-car entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round in June has been released.

Glickenhaus' Le Mans third car bid falls through

Glickenhaus has been unable to pull off its late bid to enter a third car for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Glickenhaus plans third Hypercar for Le Mans 24 Hours

Glickenhaus has revealed it is working to put a third car on the grid for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

ACO re-opens Le Mans 24 Hours and WEC entry procedure

Entries for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship have been re-opened in the wake of G-Drive's withdrawal.

Toyota reveals updated GR010 Hybrid for 2022 WEC season
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Toyota reveals updated GR010 Hybrid for 2022 WEC season

Toyota has revealed the updated specification of its GR010 Hybrid Le Mans Hypercar ahead of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

G-Drive withdraws from WEC, Le Mans over FIA’s Russia code of conduct

Russian entrant G-Drive Racing appears to have withdrawn from this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24 Hours entry list announcement delayed

The announcement of the Le Mans 24 Hours entry list for this year’s race has been delayed.

WRT announces third Le Mans entry led by Bortolotti, Vanthoor

WRT has announced that it will enter a third LMP2 car in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year for Mirko Bortolotti, Dries Vanthoor and Rolf Ineichen.

Peugeot delays WEC return until after Le Mans 24 Hours
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Peugeot delays WEC return until after Le Mans 24 Hours

Peugeot has announced it will delay its entry into the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship with its new Hypercar until after the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Magnussen Le Mans reunion possible if Peugeot delays entry

Kevin Magnussen could team up with this father Jan at the Le Mans 24 Hours for a second time this year if Peugeot opts against contesting the race.

Town scrutineering returns for 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours

Scrutineering for the Le Mans 24 Hours will return to its traditional home in the city centre for the first time since 2019 at this year's event.

Final Le Mans auto-invites awarded for Asian LMS champions

The final batch of auto-invites for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours have been handed out following the conclusion of the Asian Le Mans Series in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Peugeot close to making 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours entry decision

Peugeot will decide whether to race its new 9X8 FIA World Endurance Championship challenger at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the next two weeks.

Chilton ends IndyCar career, aims for Le Mans

Max Chilton has called time on his IndyCar career but insists he’s not quitting the sport and is hoping to run in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours in 2023.

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing Prime

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing

Few disciplines of motorsport offer better possibilities to build a colossus of the track than sportscars. For Autosport's recent Monsters of Motorsport special issue, we picked out some of the finest (and not so fine) that have graced sportscar classics including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring

Castroneves reiterates Le Mans desire after Rolex 24 win

Helio Castroneves has underlined his desire to one day tackle the Le Mans 24 Hours with Meyer Shank Racing, following his second consecutive win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last weekend.

Porsche and Audi to employ twin-turbo V8 for their LMDh cars

A twin-turbo V8 engine will power the Porsche and Audi LMDh prototypes under development for the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023.

Motorsport Games’ Le Mans Virtual Series followed by more than 81 million fans

The series concludes its five-month season with racing legends, millions of fans and hundreds of laps.

Peugeot must race at Sebring or Spa for Le Mans 24 Hours entry
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Peugeot must race at Sebring or Spa for Le Mans 24 Hours entry

Peugeot will have to contest at least one prior round of the FIA World Endurance Championship if it wants to enter the blue riband Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Champions sign up for 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual by Motorsport Games

Max Verstappen, Alex Palou, Juan Pablo Montoya, Felix Rosenqvist and Oliver Rowland to star, along with all-female line up from W Series, plus Beitske Visser in Mahle entry, as best-of-the-best sim racers race for 24-hour glory.

What could have been: When Carlos Sainz's Le Mans debut was scuppered

Carlos Sainz is a name synonymous with rallying, the Spaniard etching his name into the history books as a double World Rally champion and currently gunning for a fourth Dakar win with Audi. Had it not been for a date change, he may well have added a further bit of history to his credit at the Le Mans 24 Hours...

Third Toyota at Le Mans for Ogier "an option" for 2023

Sebastien Ogier driving for Toyota in a third car in the Le Mans 24 Hours "could be an option" for 2023, newly-appointed team principal Kamui Kobayashi has suggested.

Verstappen remains interested in future Le Mans attempt

Max Verstappen remains interested in entering the Le Mans 24 Hours in future alongside his father, Jos, who will soon make his return to competitive racing.

Albuquerque: Double points at Le Mans has skewed LMP2 fight

United Autosports’ Filipe Albuquerque believes the Le Mans 24 Hours shouldn’t be worth twice as many points as other FIA World Endurance Championship rounds, saying it skews the LMP2 title battle.

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Davidson has come to terms with failure to win Le Mans

Anthony Davidson says he has come to terms with his failure to win the Le Mans 24 Hours ahead of his final professional race start this weekend in the Bahrain FIA World Endurance Championship season finale.

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Rast, Muller join Audi's LMDh programme for 2023

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast and series frontrunner Nico Muller have been announced as Audi’s first two drivers for its return to Le Mans 24 Hours in 2023.

Alpine reveals two-car LMDh Hypercar entry in WEC from 2024

French manufacturer Alpine has confirmed it will enter two LMDh cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar category from 2024 that will “benefit from all the expertise” of its F1 project.

Le Mans winner and Targa Florio hero Nino Vaccarella dies aged 88
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Le Mans winner and Targa Florio hero Nino Vaccarella dies aged 88

Nino Vaccarella, a hero of the Targa Florio road race in his native Sicily, has died at the age of 88.

Van der Linde eyeing more LMP2 outings ahead of Audi's Le Mans return

GT3 racing star Kelvin van der Linde says he is looking for more opportunities in the LMP2 class ahead of Audi’s return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2023 with an LMDh prototype.

Why Le Mans proves good vision is vital to racing success
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Why Le Mans proves good vision is vital to racing success

It may seem obvious that racing drivers need good vision to compete at their very best, but in the Le Mans 24 Hours, this most vital of motorsport senses gets tested to the very limit.

Touring car ace and Le Mans class winner Gordon Spice dies

Gordon Spice, a pacesetter in touring cars and world champion in sportscars, has died at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer.

Glickenhaus: Toyota's Le Mans winning margin shows BoP flaws

The boss of the Glickenhaus marque has questioned the effectiveness of the Balance of Performance for the Hypercar class in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Watch: This Week with Will Buxton, Le Mans Special Edition

Check out the Le Mans Special Edition of This Week with Will Buxton, as the popular Formula 1 presenter makes his first visit to the world’s most famous sportscar race.

Lopez reveals detail on Toyota's "serious" Le Mans fuel issue

Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez has explained in detail how the #7 car he shared with Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi managed to win last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours despite "serious" fuel problems across the final hours.

Alonso: Le Mans "too fast, narrow" for current F1 cars
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Alonso: Le Mans "too fast, narrow" for current F1 cars

Fernando Alonso says Le Mans circuit layout is "way too fast, and way too narrow" for Formula 1, but admits it "could be fun" to race grand prix machinery there.

Veloqx team plots Le Mans comeback with 'Fangio' Hypercar
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Veloqx team plots Le Mans comeback with 'Fangio' Hypercar

Team Veloqx is gearing up for a racing return after nearly 20 years away with a Le Mans Hypercar bearing the Fangio name and powered by a radical biofuel engine.

Archive: Why Cadillac's previous Le Mans bid was doomed

After announcing its LMDh programme, Cadillac will return to Le Mans in 2023 after two decades away. Back then, the American manufacturer hoped to take Le Mans by storm with its Northstar LMP car - but, as Gary Watkins wrote in Motorsport's sister title Autosport in 2003, it was doomed from day one.

Blomqvist on late LMP2 drama: "I'd have rather lost by more"

JOTA driver Tom Blomqvist says he would have been happier to lose by more than the seven tenths by which the team missed out on LMP2 victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Risi already a match for Le Mans' top LMP2 teams, says Jarvis

Risi Competizione proved itself to be on a par with established top LMP2 squads like United Autosports and JOTA in its Le Mans 24 Hours debut in the class, believes Oliver Jarvis.

AXR “would welcome” chance to race new Cadillac at Le Mans
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AXR “would welcome” chance to race new Cadillac at Le Mans

Action Express Racing’s team director Gary Nelson said he’d welcome the chance to race the Cadillac LMDh prototype at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Maldonado "devastated" to cause intra-United Le Mans clash

Manuel Maldonado admits he is "devastated" at causing the crash that eliminated two of United Autosports' LMP2 entries from winning contention in last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Ford v Ferrari revisited – separating Le Mans '66 fact from movie fiction
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Ford v Ferrari revisited – separating Le Mans '66 fact from movie fiction

The story of Ken Miles, Carroll Shelby and Ford’s GT40 beating Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966 was showcased to the world via the Ford v Ferrari movie, starring Christian Bale as Miles and Matt Damon as Shelby. But what was the real story of how it happened, and what happened next?

Alpine has "no reason to be disappointed" with Le Mans podium

Alpine WEC principal Philippe Sinault said his Hypercar team has "no reason to be disappointed" after finishing last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours in third behind both Toyotas.

Porsche "expected to be closer" in Le Mans GTE Pro fight

Porsche’s head of factory motorsport Pascal Zurlinden said he “expected to be closer” on pace to GTE Pro rivals Ferrari and Corvette in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

TF Aston puncture 'turning point' in Le Mans GTE Am race

TF Sport boss Tom Ferrier has explained the “turning point” in the GTE Am race at the Le Mans 24 Hours which handed the initiative to the class-winning #83 Ferrari.