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Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1
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Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1

In the first episode of the new Le Mans Full Access series, fans are given an exclusive look into what goes on behind the scenes at the iconic endurance race.

SRO boss Ratel voices support for WEC's GT3 Premium plan

Stephane Ratel, the architect of GT3, has voiced support for plans for the cars to run distinct bodywork when the class is adopted by the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024.

Corvette aims to bounce back at The Glen after Le Mans disaster

Antonio Garcia says it’s time for Corvette Racing to bounce back from its appalling bad luck at the Le Mans 24 Hours and put on a strong showing in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen.

Westbrook sure Glickenhaus can still fight for 2023 Le Mans win

Glickenhaus will remain a formidable competitor against an onslaught of new manufacturers in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours, reckons Richard Westbrook.

Johnson targets Le Mans 24 Hours in Hendrick Garage 56 entry

Jimmie Johnson is hoping to fit a 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign with Hendrick Chevrolet’s Garage 56 project in between his commitments for 2023.

Kobayashi: Le Mans organisers didn’t want Alpine LMP1 to win

Toyota’s Kamui Kobayashi believes Le Mans 24 Hours organisers gave Alpine a last-minute Balance of Performance change because it did not want a grandfathered LMP1 car winning the race.

Le Mans test day moved permanently to one week before race

The official test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours will make a permanent move to one week before the blue riband round of the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

Nakajima to drive Group C Toyota raced by father at Le Mans Classic

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kazuki Nakajima will drive a Toyota-powered Group C car raced by his father Satoru in next month’s Le Mans Classic.

Toyota says Le Mans distance record now “impossible” to beat

Toyota says that it has given up on trying to beat the distance record at the Le Mans 24 Hours because the use of slow zones has made such a feat “impossible”.

Riley Ferrari lacked "oomph" to fight works GTE Pro cars

Riley Motorsports' privateer Ferrari lacked the "oomph" needed to seriously threaten the six works cars competing in the GTE Pro class in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, admits team owner Bill Riley.

Penske disappointed to miss podium on Le Mans 24 Hours return

Penske has admitted to disappointment with fifth in class on its modern debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours after challenging for a podium for much of the race.

Ogier may miss remainder of WEC season after Le Mans debut

Sebastien Ogier has revealed that he doesn’t plan to contest the remaining rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship season following his Le Mans 24 Hours debut.

Keating gets 2019 DQ redemption with "special" Am win

Ben Keating says his GTE Am class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend feels like redemption for the 2019 victory he lost due to a post-race disqualification.

Hartley: Third Le Mans win just as sweet as first with Porsche

Toyota driver Brendon Hartley has labelled his third Le Mans 24 Hours victory last weekend as just as special as his first back in 2017.

How dominant Toyotas put on a show to win Le Mans 2022

Toyota scored its fifth win on the trot at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but once again let its two cars battle it out. The #7 entry of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa eventually defeated the rival #8 crew after an intense battle that was only decided by a minor technical problem for Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi

The "hectic moment" that threatened JOTA LMP2 Le Mans win

Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the "hectic moment" that risked the JOTA LMP2 team's dominant run to a first class victory since 2017 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

How Formula E's double-duty drivers got on at Le Mans

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Porsche's Bruni admits luck determined last Le Mans GTE Pro fight

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Gianmaria Bruni admits luck played its part in deciding the outcome of this year's GTE Pro battle in the French endurance class after misfortune befell early class leader Corvette, Ferrari and the #92 Porsche.

Sims: Corvette losing last GTE Pro Le Mans win "hard to swallow"

Corvette Racing’s Alexander Sims admits that losing the last-ever victory in the GTE Pro class at Le Mans 24 Hours following an incident with an LMP2 car is “difficult to swallow”.

Toyota praises Glickenhaus's Le Mans effort as "remarkable"

Toyota feels Glickenhaus did a “remarkable” job in only its second appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours and was able to match its pace at times during the race.

Toyota's Hirakawa 'didn't sleep for a week' amid Le Mans pressure

Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship rookie Ryo Hirakawa admits he didn't sleep properly for a week in the lead-up to his Le Mans 24 Hours victory with Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley.

Misfiring engine hurt Glickenhaus's chances at Le Mans

Olivier Pla has revealed that the #708 Glickenhaus 007 LMH was severely hindered by a misfiring engine in the Le Mans 24 Hours, limiting the squad’s ability to keep up with the leading Toyotas.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota takes fifth straight win as rivals falter

Toyota secured its fifth consecutive victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the #8 crew of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa came out on top in the 90th running of the La Sarthe classic.

Le Mans 24h, H20: Toyota closes on win, GTE Pro fight heats up

Toyota's #8 entry maintained a healthy lead heading into the final four hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours, while the battle for GTE Pro honours between Ferrari and Porsche heated up.

Corvette's Le Mans victory hopes destroyed in crash

Corvette Racing's hopes of scoring the final GTE Pro class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours were destroyed as Alexander Sims was side-swiped by an errant LMP2 car with just over six hours to go.

Rast on Turn 1 Le Mans clash: 'They all jumped the start'

Rene Rast has offered his version of the Turn 1 clash at the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours, saying his LMP2 class rivals jumped the start while he obeyed the rules.

Le Mans 24h, H16: Lead change after first Toyota drama

Toyota suffered technical dramas for the first time in the Le Mans 24 Hours just before two-thirds distance, with a brief stoppage for Jose Maria Lopez promoting the #8 car of Brendon Hartley into the lead.

The 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours as it happened

Live updates from the 90th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h, H12: Slow zone breaks up raging Toyota duel

Toyota continued to dominate at the halfway mark of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the pulsating duel between its cars was split up by circumstance.

Alpine calls early Le Mans gremlins "incredibly frustrating"

Alpine has described the technical gremlins that have all but ended its Le Mans 24 Hours victory challenge as "incredibly frustrating".

Le Mans 24h, H8: Toyotas swap places, disaster for Corvette

Toyota led at the eight-hour mark of the Le Mans 24 Hours, its cars swapping the lead on multiple occasions as each crew strived for the upper hand.

United's Owen fumes after Turn 1 Le Mans contact with Rast

United Autosports LMP2 driver Will Owen has expressed his frustration with Rene Rast's 'aggressive' driving that led to their Turn 1 contact at the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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.

Le Mans 24h, H4: Toyotas run nose to tail as rivals hit trouble

Toyota led at the four-hour mark of the Le Mans 24 Hours with both of its cars running in close formation, as the Japanese marque's Hypercar class rivals, Alpine and Glickenhaus, hit trouble.

Le Mans 24h, H1: Toyota holds early lead, drama in LMP2

Toyota led the opening hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours as the LMP2 class got off to a dramatic start, with a three-way collision at the first corner shaking up the order.

Glickenhaus "on a par" with Toyota in race trim at Le Mans

Glickenhaus is confident it can match rivals Toyota and Alpine on race pace during during this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours after trailing them in qualifying. 

WEC explains motivation behind 'GT3 Premium' to replace GTE

FIA World Endurance Championship organisers have explained the motivation behind the introduction of 'GT3 Premium' cars with bespoke bodywork instead of regular GT3 machinery in the series in 2024.

Le Mans 24h: Drama for Glickenhaus, Corvette in warm-up

Glickenhaus Racing and Corvette Racing were among those to hit trouble in an eventful morning warm-up session ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

GTE Pro drivers prepare to bid farewell to "special" class

The GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be fondly remembered after it is dropped from the series at the end of 2022, say drivers who have been actively racing in the category for several years.

Remembering Lamborghini's ill-fated last stint at Le Mans

When Lamborghini produces its LMDh contender to contend for overall Le Mans 24 Hours honours in 2024, it will be hoping its efforts are more successful than when the famous Raging Bull logo was last seen on the grid.

Alpine gets power reduction in late Le Mans BoP change

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car has received a fresh Balance of Performance hit ahead of this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours. 

Milner: Corvette C8.R is “the best I’ve ever had at Le Mans”

Tommy Milner says that the Corvette Racing team has never been better prepared for the Le Mans 24 Hours, nor has he ever had a car so strong.

Ferrari receives power boost in latest Le Mans BoP adjustment

Ferrari has been given back a small amount of the power it lost in another tweak to the GTE Pro Balance of Performance for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Ferrari teases first image of new Le Mans challenger

Ferrari has teased an image of the new Le Mans Hypercar with which it will make a first bid for outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 50 years.

Bird: Privateer Riley Ferrari can target Le Mans GTE Pro win

Sam Bird believes that there’s no reason the privateer Riley Motorsports squad can’t aim for GTE Pro victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours against the might of the factory teams.

When broken Porsches staggered to Le Mans victory

The 1983 Le Mans had one of the most remarkable finishes in the history of the famous 24-hour race.

WEC drops GTE Pro class for 2023, reveals 'GT3 Premium'

The FIA World Endurance Championship has axed the GTE Pro class for the 2023 season amid a shift in manufacturer priorities.

De Vries lands last minute Le Mans 24 Hours drive

Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck de Vries has been recruited by TDS Racing at the last minute to replace banned racer Philippe Cimadomo in the outfit’s LMP2 Pro/Am entry for this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

"No concerns" about Ogier as Toyota evaluates third Le Mans car

Toyota says it has no concerns about the pace of rally legend Sebastien Ogier as it evaluates running him in a third car at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

TDS Racing driver banned following Le Mans practice shunts

TDS Racing LMP2 driver Philippe Cimadomo has been excluded from this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours as a result of three incidents during free practice.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota dominant in final practice

Toyota dominated the timesheets in final practice ahead of this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, going almost two seconds clear of the rest of the Hypercar field.

Hartley thrilled to beat "Mr Qualifying" Kobayashi to pole

Beating Kamui Kobayashi made taking pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours extra special for Brendon Hartley because his Toyota teammate is “Mr Qualifying” at the French enduro.

Video: Why final hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours are most important

In 2021 Will Buxton travelled to France to witness his very first 24 Hours of Le Mans, the greatest sportscar race in the world.

Cadillac plans multiple cars for Le Mans, one-car attack for WEC

Cadillac is aiming to field multiple entries at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year around a one-car assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship with its new LMDh prototype.

Le Mans 24h: Hartley beats Kobayashi in dramatic pole duel

Brendon Hartley secured a sixth consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours pole position for Toyota in a dramatic Hyperpole qualifying session, leading a one-two for the marque ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota quickest in accident-strewn third practice

Toyota locked out the top two spots in an incident-packed third practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours on Thursday afternoon.

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans Prime

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans

As the GT class faces a time of transition, it’s a good time to recall the greatest hits of the GTE Pro years that pitched manufacturers and top drivers into the tightest of duels.

Alpine gets power increase in revised Le Mans BoP

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car has been handed a power increase in a revised Balance of Performance for the Le Mans 24 Hours issued ahead of Hyperpole qualifying on Thursday.

Cadillac reveals 2023 LMDh racer for WEC and IMSA programmes

Cadillac has revealed the first photographs and technical details of its 2023 LMDh prototype under the working name Project GTP Hypercar.

Ferrari the team to beat at Le Mans, says Corvette's Tandy

Nick Tandy feels Ferrari is the favourite for GTE Pro victory in the 90th running of Le Mans 24 Hours despite the strong form shown by his Corvette Racing team in the run-up to Hyperpole qualifying.