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Le Mans 24h date won't change again, even without fans

The Le Mans 24 Hours will go ahead on its new date at the end of August even if it is run behind closed doors for a second year in succession.

Corvette star Gavin to retire from racing after Spa WEC
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Corvette star Gavin to retire from racing after Spa WEC

Five-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Oliver Gavin will retire from the cockpit after this weekend's opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Spa. 

Fittipaldi to run Gateway IndyCar race, not Le Mans Gateway
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Fittipaldi to run Gateway IndyCar race, not Le Mans

Pietro Fittipaldi will enter all four oval races in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, and will thus be forced to skip the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Bill Whittington obituary: 1979 Le Mans 24 Hours winner dies aged 71

Bill Whittington, who has died aged 71 in a plane crash, won the Le Mans 24 Hours and made five Indianapolis 500 starts during a racing career overshadowed by controversy.

Jan Magnussen: 2021 Le Mans "last chance" to partner Kevin
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Jan Magnussen: 2021 Le Mans "last chance" to partner Kevin

Sportscar stalwart Jan Magnussen believes this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was the last chance for him to fulfil his ambition of driving with son Kevin in the French enduro.

Father and son Jan and Kevin Magnussen team up for Le Mans

Former Formula 1 racers Kevin Magnussen and Jan Magnussen will form a father and son line-up at August's Le Mans 24 Hours, joining up with Anders Fjordbach in a High Class Racing LMP2 entry.

Phil Hill – America’s first F1 champion and Le Mans legend

On what should have been 1961 Formula 1 World Champion Phil Hill’s 94th birthday, David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute to an open-wheel ace and a sportscar great.

How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans Prime

How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans

It's one of the great what-if stories in Le Mans history. Paul Newman finished second in the 24 Hours in 1979, but it could easily have been a famous victory were it not for the resourcefulness of the late Manfred Kremer.

HubAuto Porsche team joins GTE Pro class for Le Mans

HubAuto Racing has moved up to the GTE Pro category for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, having initially planned to campaign a Porsche in the GTE Am ranks.

Porsche reveals full line-ups for Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche has revealed its full driver line-ups for its two-car factory GTE Pro assault in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Lynn joins United Autosports for Le Mans 24 Hours

Former Aston Martin factory driver Alex Lynn will team up with Paul di Resta for the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in August at the United Autosports LMP2 squad.

Le Mans outlines 2021 schedule, return of test day

The organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hours have released an outline of the schedule for the delayed 2021 edition, while confirming the return of the traditional test day.

Lotterer sees Le Mans comeback as ‘long-term’ ambition

Andre Lotterer says he only sees a Le Mans 24 Hours comeback as a ‘long-term’ goal despite Porsche having committed to a return to sportscar racing’s top flight.

Obituary: Johnny Dumfries, 1958-2021

Johnny Dumfries, who has died after a short illness at the age of 62, will always be best remembered for his year as Ayrton Senna’s Lotus teammate in 1986.

What to expect from the LMP1 era's last survivor

While Alpine is still mulling the prospect of a Le Mans Hypercar entry to complement the reinvigorated brand's F1 team, its partner team Signatech is testing the waters in 2021 with the last remaining car from the outgoing LMP1 era.

The 2021 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 drivers confirmed so far.

Manfred Kremer: Le Mans-winning mastermind engineer dies

Manfred Kremer, who has died aged 81, was the engineering mastermind of the family Porsche team run together with brother Erwin that won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1979.

Three-time Le Mans winner Fassler retires from racing

Marcel Fassler, a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, has called time on his professional driving career at the age of 44.

GM assessing GT3/GTD Corvette program from 2022

Laura Wontrop Klauser, General Motors’ sportscar racing program manager, says the company is still deciding the future of the Corvette C8.R in competition when IMSA deletes the GTLM class in 2022.

Corvette joins 62-car Le Mans 24 Hours entry list

Corvette Racing's return to the Le Mans 24 Hours has been confirmed with the publication of a capacity 62-car entry for this year's rescheduled race in August.

Di Resta rejoins United Autosports for Le Mans 24 Hours

United Autosports has announced that Paul di Resta will return to the team to be part of its three-car assault on this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Archive: When Ferrari almost stopped Ford's Le Mans steamroller
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Archive: When Ferrari almost stopped Ford's Le Mans steamroller

Pole position, leading throughout and breaking the distance record suggests Ford’s second Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1967 came easily. But that underplays Ferrari’s effort with the famous P4, as Kevin Turner explained in 2017 Le Mans supplement of Motorsport.com's sister title Autosport.

Le Mans 24 Hours postpones 2021 edition until August

The Le Mans 24 Hours will be postponed from its usual June slot for a second year in a row owing to the global health crisis, and will now take place in August.

Tom Kristensen reveals career secrets in ‘Mr Le Mans’ book

The most successful driver in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Tom Kristensen, has released a new and updated English language version of his award-winning biography, Mr Le Mans.

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile Prime

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

Chris Craft: One-time F1 starter and sportscar ace dies

One-time Formula 1 starter Chris Craft, one of Britain's leading racers of the 1970s, has died aged 81 after a long illness.

Duval has "unfinished job" with Peugeot at Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loic Duval says he will have "unfinished job" when he returns to the wheel of a Peugeot prototype in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split
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Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split

Multiple championship-winning touring car and sportscar squad Schnitzer Motorsport is set to be liquidated and preparing to sell its assets after BMW Motorsport decided against renewing its contract for 2021.

GreenGT to supply 2024 Le Mans Hydrogen class with powertrains

The Swiss-based GreenGT organisation will produce the electric powertrains for the new class of hydrogen-powered prototypes set for introduction at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024.

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Prime

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

Motorsport Games & ACO enhance and extend Le Mans Esports Series joint venture

Ten-year exclusive license for video games now part of this joint venture, which builds on success of Le Mans Esports Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual Esport event.

Red Bull, Oreca to supply chassis for Le Mans' hydrogen class

Red Bull Advanced Technologies will partner with French constructor Oreca to produce the chassis for the new hydrogen class set for introduction at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024. 

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Prime
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How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it…

Marco Andretti switches to part-time in IndyCar, considers IMSA

Marco Andretti has announced he will no longer be a full-time IndyCar driver, but is targeting Indy 500 glory and other marquee races in other branches of the sport.

The visionaries promoting female talent at Le Mans

The Le Mans 24 Hours featured its first all-female LMP2 crew in 2020, the result of an initiative to back female talent from watchmaker Richard Mille supported by the FIA's Women in Motorsport Commission.

Magnussen: Tricky to make father/son Le Mans deal happen now

Kevin Magnussen believes it will be difficult to race with his father, Jan, at the Le Mans 24 Hours now he is no longer a factory driver.

Leaping into the unknown at Le Mans with Richard Mille Racing

The Le Mans 24 Hours is universally recognised as one of the toughest events in motorsport, but it was an especially difficult challenge that faced the three rookies entered in the #50 Richard Mille Racing ORECA-07 Gibson in September’s edition of the French classic.

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home Prime

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home

Keeping trophies and momentos of key triumphs is par for the course for motorsport professionals, but what are the most cherished souvenirs picked up by the drivers and engineers who have seen and done it all?

Lopez impressed by “complex” Toyota Le Mans Hypercar reliability

The reliability of Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar has impressed FIA World Endurance Championship title winner Jose Maria Lopez across its first two tests.

The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era Prime
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The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era

Porsche is returning to the top class of Le Mans with an LMDh prototype that it hopes will write its next successful chapter in sportscar racing. But it will have to go some to emulate its 956/962, a car which defines the Group C age more than any other.

Porsche hopes sportscars will enter new golden era with LMDh

Porsche believes that sportscar racing could be heading into a new golden era with levels of manufacturer participation in the top class rivalling that of the 1980s and early '90s.

Porsche LMDh prototype set for Le Mans, WEC, IMSA in 2023
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Porsche LMDh prototype set for Le Mans, WEC, IMSA in 2023

Porsche will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with an LMDh prototype in 2023 as part of a dual assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The all-female team mastering a 330km/h Le Mans prototype

As the minutes ticked down on the 2020 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the atmosphere in the Richard Mille Racing garage was tense.

How Indy legend AJ Foyt scaled racing's greatest heights

AJ Foyt's career is one very few can beat in terms of success and none can rival for longevity. In an article originally published in Autosport magazine on 26 August 2010, Charles Bradley rewinds the clock with the American legend to tell his amazing story…

How Tom Kristensen forged his ‘Mr Le Mans’ legend Prime
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How Tom Kristensen forged his ‘Mr Le Mans’ legend

He is synonymous with success at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but Tom Kristensen's sportscar legacy amounts to much more than his record-breaking nine Le Mans wins, as the most successful driver ever at Sebring and a world champion to boot…

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

BMW will end its relationship with the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Schnitzer Motorsport squad after more than 50 years. 

Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars Prime

Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars

OPINION: The news that Audi will return to Le Mans means we'll at last get to see the fight promised in 2012 against Peugeot and Toyota. It also gives LMDh a tangible form, which could open the floodgates for more like-minded marques to follow suit…

How Graham Hill completed motorsport's fabled Triple Crown

It's been 45 years since two-time world champion, Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Graham Hill was killed in a plane crash. Here's how he completed the Triple Crown, from the 3 January 2013 issue of Autosport magazine.

Ricciardo reveals talks with Porsche over 2015 Le Mans drive

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he held talks with Porsche over a drive at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for 2015, but failed to gain permission from Red Bull.

Button targets Le Mans return with own team in future

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has targeted returning to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours with his own team in future.

The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season Prime

The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season

It may have been missed amid the clamour over Lewis Hamilton's seventh F1 title, but Britain had another world champion crowned last weekend. Mike Conway's WEC crown raises an old conundrum - does title glory make up for the pain of Le Mans defeat?

Ten drivers Peugeot should consider for Le Mans '22

Peugeot has begun the process of working out who should drive its new Le Mans Hypercar when it joins the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022. But which drivers are likely to feature on the shortlist?

Peugeot starts analysing potential drivers for Hypercar programme

Peugeot Sport has explained how its driver selection procedure will work for its 2022 hypercar programme, revealing that it has already started analysing data from the past few FIA WEC seasons.

Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment Prime

Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment

When the global pandemic hit, Peugeot was given the perfect excuse to back out of its stated intention to return to Le Mans in 2022. That it hasn't done so is telling both of its unfinished business and the opportunities presented by the Hypercar rulebook

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.

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.