No fewer than 62 cars will liven up the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023, a perfect tribute to the event which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In this event, the race has an amazing streak that connects the present and the future.
A unique grid
No less than 16 cars will compete for victory in the Hypercar category, divided into seven different categories: Porsche, Peugeot, Ferrari, Vanwall, Glickenhaus, Toyota and Cadillac, i.e. manufacturers that have already left their mark on the history of motorsport. With new legends of the 24 Hours of Le Mans such as Sébastien Buemi (four victories), André Lotterer (three victories) or Romain Dumas (two-time winner and holder of the distance record), the Hypercar category promises a great spectacle.
Close battle in LMP2
In most cases, the LMP2 category will be a fierce battleground, as long as the race allows it. A very high level of competition is promised for the 24 participants, with famous teams such as Jota, United Autosports, Prema Racing, Team WRT and Alpine Elf Team. This class combines hopefuls with big winners. On the one hand, the explosion of youth with Josh Pierson, only 17, or Charles Milesi, who has already proven himself in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a class victory. On the other hand, experience with Neel Jani, winner of 2016, Simon Pagenaud, or Nicolas Lapierre.
LMGTE I’m in the middle of a session
The public can count on the LMGTE Am division to liven up this 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Alongside Hypercars, this highly prized discipline marked the race for rare power sports. This year, no fewer than 21 participants from around the world are hoping for success on the Le Mans circuit. We find there the famous actor Michael Fassbender, who is pursuing his dream of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after the first participation in 2022. GT regulars will not be left out; Ben Keating, Daniel Serra or Richard Lietz, among others, will all participate in the beginning.
stronger than ever
At the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Business-Francorchamps, Lilou Wadoux became the first woman to win a class victory in the FIA WEC endurance championship. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, four others are also hoping to register their names for the event’s biggest winners. Doriane Pin, in the form of Prema Racing in LMP2, showed his speed at the beginning of the season. In the LMGTE Am, the trio of Iron Dames Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting and Rahel Frey continue their great streak and continue to inspire the crowd.
From single seat to endurance
Many former Formula 1 drivers are continuing the tradition in the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since the creation of the single-seater championship in 1950, heroes have come to compete in the classic Le Mans and the 2023 edition is no exception to the rule. We recognize the presence of Jacques Villeneuve, Formula 1 world champion in 1997 within the Floyd Vanwall Racing Team in Hypercar. Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, will also be at the start, driving Henrick Motorsports’ NASCAR Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. In addition to these two greats, Antonio Giovinazzi, Paul Di Resta, Robert Kubica and many others have entered the list of entries in this unique edition.
NASCAR in 24 Hours
This year, NASCAR is part of the adventure. At Garage 56, spectators will be able to see the same Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that competes in the prestigious American championship. At the wheel, three big pilots. Jenson Button, on the one hand, accompanied by Mike Rockenfeller, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010, not forgetting Jimmie Johnson, seven-time winner of the NASCAR championship in a Chevrolet. America’s Great Show in perspective.