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Le Mans moves to limit 2020 crowd numbers

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has announced the suspension of ticket sales for the Le Mans 24 Hours in order to limit the size of the crowd.

DTM stalwart Phoenix targets ELMS, Le Mans in 2021

Long-time Audi DTM outfit Phoenix Racing has outlined its intentions to transition fully to sportscar racing next year, with a potential Le Mans 24 Hours assault on the radar.

Gavin: Le Mans was never detrimental to Corvette's IMSA program

Oliver Gavin says that Corvette Racing's withdrawal from this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans is a disappointment since he feels that the event makes the team even stronger in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Toyota: "Disappointing" not to explore limits of current LMP1 car

FIA WEC manufacturer Toyota says it’s “disappointing” that it won’t be able to explore the absolute limits of its advanced TS050 LMP1 hybrid, even though it welcomes the new era of hypercar regulations.

Le Mans Virtual raised €21.5k for COVID-19 vaccine research

The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation raised €21,500 towards COVID-19 vaccine research efforts.

Gerard Neveu on Le Mans Virtual’s huge audience success

Last weekend’s ground-breaking inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual generated 63 million impressions across all platforms, including over 14 million views for the race broadcast with a further 8.6 million views online.

Le Mans 24h Virtual receives record TV and digital audiences

Ground-breaking event delivers more than 22.8 million views across linear TV and online digital channels, with over 48.9 million social impressions during race week.

How Toyota overcame a traumatic trio of Le Mans 24 Hours defeats

On June 19 2016 Toyota was at the heart of the most dramatic finish in Le Mans history when its leading car broke down with one lap to go. Three key players from Toyota's LMP1 programme explain how the team bounced back from that heartbreaking loss, which was one of several near misses.

The Le Mans-winning car that almost wasn't entered at all

Of the 29 editions of the Le Mans 24 Hours he's attended, Gary Watkins selects his favourite - a scarcely-believable fairytale win for one of the race's most legendary teams that almost didn't happen at all.

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.

Le Mans reveals condensed four-day schedule for 2020

A new, condensed four-day timetable has been announced for the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round in September.

Le Mans 1990: How Salazar was bumped out of the winning Jaguar

Losing a win in the famed Le Mans 24 Hours can haunt drivers for years. In 1990, Eliseo Salazar actually did find himself in the winning entry, only to be replaced right before he was due to get in the car.

Top 10 Le Mans 24 Hours heartbreaks

From retiring after a 22-hour heroic solo effort to losing victory in sight of the flag, here are Autosport's top 10 picks for the most heartbreaking retirements at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual: The biggest sim race ever?

OPINION: The eagerly-awaited 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual was not without its problems and controversies, but firmly achieved its primary objective of entertaining action-starved fans and increasing anticipation for the real thing in September.

The greatest ever Le Mans 24 Hours finish

The 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours was a landmark for many reasons, not least the famously close finish between Ford and Porsche. Adam Cooper recounts the tale of the race’s greatest finish.

Rebellion-Williams was left with 0.5 litre of fuel at finish

Haas F1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz credited his teammate Nikodem Wisniewski‘s ‘extreme’ fuel-saving as crucial to Rebellion Williams Esports’ victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.

Virtual Le Mans 24h: Rebellion-Williams beats ByKolles to win
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Virtual Le Mans 24h: Rebellion-Williams beats ByKolles to win

The #1 Rebellion Williams Esports entry survived a late challenge from the sole ByKolles car to win the inaugural 24 Hours of the Le Mans Virtual.

The greatest sportscar drivers never to win Le Mans

Most of the great sportscar drivers have tasted success in the Le Mans 24 Hours, but such is the nature and challenge of the event that there are some notable absentees from the winners list. So who were the best losers?

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Audi's forgotten winner that still holds a Le Mans record

In 2010, a 39-year distance record was finally beaten at the Le Mans 24 Hours as Audi claimed its ninth win at the event. It achieved both with a car that's largely forgotten, the 'ugly duckling' R15-plus TDI.

Le Mans Virtual, Hour 16: Rebellion Williams remains in charge

Rebellion Williams Racing continued to preserve its 1-2 lead in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual’s 16th hour, with Raffaele Marciello remaining on top of the order. 

Le Mans Virtual: Rebellion-Williams run 1-2 at halfway

Rebellion Williams Esports held a one-two at the halfway stage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, as Team Redline’s entry became the first retirement of the race.

Verstappen out of Le Mans Virtual, Leclerc also hits trouble
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Verstappen out of Le Mans Virtual, Leclerc also hits trouble

Team Redline’s Max Verstappen crashed out of the lead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual as a result of suspected technical issues just under 10 hours into the race.

Leclerc "definitely" wants to race in real-world Le Mans
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Leclerc "definitely" wants to race in real-world Le Mans

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says he is keen to try the “mythical” real-world Le Mans 24 Hours after his early experience racing in this weekend’s virtual equivalent.

Virtual Le Mans resumes after red flag stoppage

The Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual sim race has resumed following a red flag caused by a technical issue, with early retirees Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello allowed to resume.