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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.

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.

WEC releases condensed six-round 2021 calendar

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

Livestream: Le Mans Esports Super Final – for 2010s cars
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Livestream: Le Mans Esports Super Final – for 2010s cars

Watch the livestream of the Le Mans Esports Series Super Final’s final segment, featuring epic Audi, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ferrari, Nissan and Porsche cars from the 2010s, where the top three teams will fight it out for the title.

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.