24 Hours of Le Mans

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24 Hours of Le Mans


Le mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans.

Circuit de la Sarthe isn’t a traditional autodrome, because it’s being more than 13 km. and more than 6 km. in length of Mulsanne (1988 before FIA new rules about 2 km. stages).
Original speed record – 405 km/h by Roger Dorchy
Original name – Bugatti au Mans (1965)



Since 1923 it’s considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and has been called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency“.

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Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency 1st. race 1923

Original name – Grand Prix de Vitesse et d’Endurance or Grand Prix of Speed and Endurance
First time race  – 26 – 27 May 1923 (33 cars started and 30 finished)
First winners – Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard drove 2209,536 km with average speed –  92 km/h.

All winners 1923 – 2018

*Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency wasn’t held in:
1936 because of the workers ‘ strike in France
1940 – 1948 World war II

Why Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency is?
The most endurance and efficiency founded in 2010. There was 5410 km. per 24 hours, it’s a current record.  This distance is 18 times greater than the Formula 1 Grand Prix race.  The winner is the car becomes without mechanical damage and with rational using of tires, fuel and brake pads for last 24 hours.
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Jacques Bernard 

Jacky Ickx (Jacques Bernard ) held the record at six, scoring victories between 1969 and 1982, earning him honorary citizenship to the town of Le Mans.

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Tom Kristensen

Dane Tom Kristensen has beaten this record with nine wins between 1997 and 2013, including six in a row.

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Graham Hill

Norman Graham Hill is the only driver ever to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport—the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

What’s a record?
33 starts for  Henri Pescarolo. He won the race four times, and holds the record for the most Le Mans appearances at 33! Tom Kristensen had 18 for example.

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Louis Rosier 1950
23 hours 40 minutes Louis Rosier spent on driving in 1950! He won the 24-hour race.  Rosie gave way the car to his son Jean-Louis in the last two laps.
What’s an accident?
During the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the third hour of racing, Pierre Levegh’s car launched into the air, striking high on a retaining wall, disintegrating and scattering components into the crowd. Levegh was killed when he was thrown from the car and his skull crushed by the impact. The flammable magnesium body of the Mercedes quickly ignited in the accident; the combination of the fire and flying car parts killed 83 spectators with over 100 injured.
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24 Hours of Le Mans
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The race was continued in order to prevent the spectators from leaving, which would have blocked all access roads and the ambulances.
While Mercedes withdrew from the race as a sign of respect to the victims (and later from motor racing in general for the next 30 years)
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The most impressive leader’s list — Porsche (19), Audi and FerrariToday you can see sports prototypes, but in the old days, all cars could be bought.
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Michael Schumacher on Le Mans

In 1991 younger Michael Schumacher took fifth place with Karl Wendlinger and Fritz Kreutzpointner on Mercedes-Benz C11 by Sauber Team.

Le Mans was the venue for the first televised instance of a winning driver celebrating by spraying champagne instead of drinking it. When Dan Gurney won the 1967 race with co-driver A. J. Foyt, the two drivers mounted the victory podium and Gurney was handed a magnum of champagne. Looking down, he saw Ford CEO Henry Ford II, team owner Carroll Shelby and their wives, as well as several journalists who had predicted disaster for the high-profile duo. Gurney shook the bottle and sprayed everyone nearby. Gurney autographed and gave the bottle of champagne to Life photographer Flip Schulke, who used it as a lamp for years before returning it to Gurney. It was the first-time champagne shower tradition.

A  lot of specific cars of Le Mans races. There were seriously absurd among them and were real beauties. Top Gear published a top of the most beautiful cars of Le Mans at all time.

There are various long-standing traditions at Le Mans, including the waving of the French tricolor to start the race. This is usually followed by a fly-over featuring jets trailing blue, white and red smoke. A similar flag tradition is the waving of safety flags during the final lap of the race by track marshals, congratulating the winners and other finishers.
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By Motorsport.com

15 – 16 June 2019 at 15:00.

Place Luigi Chinetti, 72019 Le Mans, France

What is Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans?

Le Mans Virtual Grand Prix is evolving into more than just a race event that amazes racing fans from all over the world. Moreover, the best drivers spend hours preparing rather than sunbathing or partying, even if the 24 Hours of Le Mans is only virtual.

Virtual Le Mans: How it started

Generally speaking, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual Grand Prix was intended to be an “online” replacement for a real race at the Circuit de La Sarthe. Le Mans racing is a major historical event. The refusal to host the race due to pandemic restrictions meant losing touch with motorsport. It was not about the drivers and the competition between the teams, but about the magic of La Sarthe tradition. Thus, Le Mans Virtual race debuted in 2020. It was a small experiment that nobody had hoped for, but it was a great success, reaching over 14.2 million spectators!

The real race – 24 Hours of Le Mans was held in August 2021. But since 2020, the Virtual Grand Prix has become a series. As of 25 September 2021, the esports Championship has been organized by Motorsport Games in collaboration with the organizers of the FIA WEC. In 2021, there were five races covering Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, Nurburgring, Sebring. The race at the Circuit de la Sarthe culminates in the full 24-hour event on 15-16 January 2022.

What is the Concept Behind Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans?

The Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans is a digital reimagining of the world-famous race, offering a unique and entertaining way for racing fans to engage with motorsports. Instead of traditional physical participation in vehicles, gamers will be able to race the entire circuit on their own consoles – simulating the exact experience of competing in the real-life event. Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans combines the historic 24 Hours course with state-of-the-art gaming, making this an exhilarating ride that’s sure to appeal to auto racing fans around the globe.

How Is This Race Different from the Real-Life Edition?

Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans offers many different twists and turns compared to its real-life counterpart. Gamers will be able to race the full course with various settings and challenges – no matter the weather conditions or tricky terrain. Additionally, players will compete against one another in a virtual track, enabling gamers from anywhere in the world to join in on the action. Ultimately, this is an exclusive opportunity for auto racing fans to truly experience what it’s like to compete in a historically intense marathon race!

Where Can I Follow and Watch the Virtual Event?

You can watch the event at the official McLaren eSports YouTube channel, on the official Traxion.GG and via Twitch, as well as a variety of other outlets. There will also be a dedicated Livetimer featuring data from each car in each race throughout the weekend. So you’ll be able to follow everything that happens out on track in real-time no matter where you’re watching from.

Who Participates in the Race?

The Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans race is open to both professional and non-professional racers. This means that anyone with a passion for racing can get involved at whatever level they want. Professional drivers from any endurance racing series, FIA-accredited sim racers, or even just regular players who are looking for a challenge will be able to take part in this groundbreaking event.

Are There any Prizes?

Yes! The Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans is offering real world cash and merchandise prizes for both individuals and teams. Thus prize fund is up for grabs for USD250,000 as well as team prize pools, plus special prizes from top sponsors like Logitech G and Simucube.

Watching and comparing the driving experience of professional racers and current F1 drivers and IndyCar drivers in real time is almost what we would never see. Motorsport games offer such opportunities. That’s the case!