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Cars barrel down the Mulsanne Straight during the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

Cars barrel down the Mulsanne Straight during the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans
photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull (Getty Images)

This weekend kicks off the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most prestigious motor race in the world. Whether you’re new to the World Endurance Championship, you haven’t followed all the news in the build-up to the race, or you’re an avid fan who just needs a refresher, we’re here to help you follow the event.

What Is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an endurance event whose winner is awarded based on the car that completes the most lapses in the 24-hour time limit. The race started on public roads in Le Mans, France in 1923, and barring a long break for World War II, has continued ever since.

Along with the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix (or Formula 1 World Championship; whichever you prefer), the 24 Hours of Le Mans is part of the iconic Triple Crown of racing, which signals a mastery of various motorsport disciplines. To win at Le Mans, you not only need to have the kind of car that can compete for 24 hours, but you need to get along with your teammates and learn how to compete as a team.

The race has also become a significant proving ground for automotive technology on the endurance front.

Japan's Ryo Hirakawa drives the Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar WEC during the second free practice session of the 90th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, on June 8, 2022.

Japan’s Ryo Hirakawa drives the Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar WEC during the second free practice session of the 90th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, on June 8, 2022.
photo: JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP (Getty Images)

Le Mans Class Formats

If you’re new to endurance racing, the format goes a little something like this: There are multiple classes of cars competing on the grid at the same time. While every car will be given an overall placement at the finish to determine the overall winners, each class also battles for position within its specific subset of cars.

For 2022, the Le Mans classes are as follows:

  • Hypercar (5 cars): The top category and the cars expected to win the race, Hypercars are prototypes that are used to debut the highest level of manufacturer engineering.
  • LMP2 (27 cars): LMP2 is a lower tier of prototype racing, with cars built by one of four different manufacturers and a single engine supplier. This means that they’re largely spec machines with the same Gibson V8 engines.
  • GTE Pro (7 cars): The GTE classes both compete in race-prepped cars that are very similar to those you’d find on the roads. GTE Pro competes with newer machinery and the most experienced drivers.
  • GTE AM (23 cars): GTE AM uses slightly older cars than GTE Pro, and the driver lineup is often composed of “newer” drivers who may not have as much experience as the Pro drivers.

The 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans Starting Lineup by Class

hypercar

  1. At the. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing: M. Conway, K. Kobayashi, J. Lopez
  2. At the. 708 Glickenhaus Racing: O. Pla, R. Dumas, L. Derani
  3. At the. 709 Glickenhaus Racing: R. Briscoe, R. Westbrook, F. Mailleux
  4. At the. 36 Alpine ELF Team: A. Negrao, N. Lapierre, M. Vaxiviere
  5. At the. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing: S. Buemi, B. Hartley, R. Hirakawa

LMP2

  1. At the. 31 WRT: S. Gelael, R. Frijns, R. Rast
  2. At the. 38 Jota: R. Gonzalez, A. da Costa, W. Stevens
  3. At the. 41 Realteam by WRT: R. Andrade, F. Habsburg, N. Nato
  4. At the. 23 United Autosports: A. Lynn, O. Jarvis, J. Pierson
  5. At the. 22 United Autosports: P. Hanson, F. Albuquerque, W. Owen
  6. At the. 9 Prema Orlen Team: R. Kubica, L. Deletraz, L. Colombo
  7. At the. 1 Richard Mille Racing: L. Wadoux, S. Ogier, C. Milesi
  8. At the. 65 Panis Racing: J. Canal, N. Jamin, J. Van Uitert
  9. At the. 5 Team Penske: D. Cameron, E. Collard, F. Nasr
  10. At the. 32 Team WRT: R. Ineichen, M. Bortolotti, D. Vanthoor
  11. At the. 11 Duqueine Team: R. Bradley, G. Rojas, R. de Gerus
  12. At the. 37 Cool Racing: Y. Ye, R. Taylor, N. Kruetten
  13. At the. 28 Jota: O. Rasmussen, E. Jones, J. Aberdein
  14. At the. 48 IDEC Sport: P. Lafargue, P. Chatin, P. Pilet
  15. At the. 34 Inter Europol Competition: J. Smiechowski, A. Brundle, E. Gutierrez
  16. At the. 24 Nielsen Racing: R. Sales, M. Bell, B. Hanley
  17. At the. 35 Ultimate: J. Lahaye, M. Lahaye, F. Heriau
  18. At the. 44 ARC Bratislava: M. Konopka, B. Viscaal, T. Vautier
  19. At the. 39 Graff Racing: E. Trouillet, S. Page, D. Droux
  20. At the. 3 DKR Engineering: L. Horr, J. Glorieux, A. Cougnaud
  21. At the. 47: Algarve Pro Racing: S. Floersch, J. Falb, J. Aitken
  22. At the. 83 AF Corse: F. Perrodo, N. Nielsen, A. Rovera
  23. At the. 27 CD Sport: C. Cresp, M. Jensen, S. Palette
  24. At the. 43 Inter Europol Competition: D. Heinemeier-Hansson, F. Sherer, P. Fittipaldi
  25. At the. 10 Vector Sport: N. Müller, R. Cullen, S. Bourdais
  26. At the. 13 TDS Racing x Valliante: P. Cimadomo, M. Beche, T. van der Helm
  27. At the. 45 Algarve Pro Racing: S. Thomas, J. Allen, R. Binder

GTE Pro:

  1. At the. 92 Porsche GT Team: M. Christensen, K. Estre, L. Vanthoor
  2. At the. 63 Corvette Racing: A. Garcia, J. Taylor, N. Catsburg
  3. At the. 91 Porsche GT Team: G. Bruni, R. Lietz, F. Makowiecki
  4. At the. 64 Corvette Racing: T. Milner, N. Tandy, A. Sims
  5. At the. 51 AF Corse: A. Pier Guidi, J. Calado, D. Serra
  6. At the. 52 AF Corse: M. Molina, A. Fuoco, D. Rigon
  7. At the. 74 Riley Motorsports: F. Fraga, S. Bird, S. Van Gisbergen

GTE Am

  1. At the. 98 Northwest AMR: P. Dalla Lana, D. Pittard, N. Thiim
  2. At the. 57 Kessel Racing: T. Kimura, F. Schandorff, M. Jensen
  3. At the. 54 AF Corse: T. Flohr, F. Castellacci, N. Cassidy
  4. At the. 85 Iron Dames: R. Frey, M. Gatting, S. Bovy
  5. At the. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing: C. Ried, S. Priaulx, H. Tincknell
  6. At the. 61 AF Corse: L. Prette, C. Grunewald, V. April
  7. At the. 86 GR Racing: M. Wainwright, R. Pera, B. Barker
  8. At the. 56 Team Project 1: B. Iribe, O. Millroy, B. Barnicoat
  9. At the. 46 Team Project 1: M. Cairoli, M. Pedersen, N. Leutwiler
  10. At the. 79 WeatherTech Racing: C. MacNeil, J. Andlauer, T. Merrill
  11. At the. 99 Hardpoint Motorsport: A. Haryanto, A. Picariello, M. Rump
  12. At the. 59 Inception Racing: A. West, C. Ledogar, M. Klein
  13. At the. 21 AF Corse: S. Mann, C. Ulrich, T. Vilander
  14. At the. 55 Spirit of the Race: D. Cameron, M. Griffin, D. Perel
  15. At the. 75 Iron Lynx: P. Ehret, C. Hook, N. Varrone
  16. At the. 66 JMW Motorsport: R. van der Zande, M. Kvamme, J. Hart
  17. At the. 777 D’Station Racing: S. Hoshino, T. Fuji, C. Fagg
  18. At the. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing: F. Poordad, M. Root, J. Heylen
  19. At the. 33 TF Sport: B. Keating, H. Chaves, M. Sorensen
  20. At the. 60 Iron Lynx: C. Shiavoni, A. Balzan, R. Giammaria
  21. At the. 93 Proton Competition: M. Fassbender, M. Campbell, Z. Robichon
  22. At the. 80 Iron Lynx: M. Cressoni, G. Fisichella, R. Heitstand
  23. At the. 71 Spirit of the Race: F. Dezoteux, P. Ragues, G. Aubry

How to Watch the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans

In America, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is exclusively available on the MotorTrend TV channel or the MotorTrend+ streaming app. Coverage starts on Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 am ET, and you’ll be able to watch flag-to-flag action. If you’re a MotorTrend+ subscriber, you’ll also be privy to dashcam streams and other special presentations throughout the race.

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