The 100th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the fourth round of the 2023 FIA WEC championship and has never seen such an impressive line-up as this year. 62 cars are expected at the start, for a total of 186 drivers involved because each team has three people.
WAITING HPERCAR Obviously, the eyes will focus above all on the queen category of Hypercars which, after two versions in a reduced format, sees the start this year. 16 cars representing seven different manufacturers: Toyota, Ferrari, Porsche, Peugeot, Cadillac, Vanwall and Glickenhaus. Among the crew we find the names of several Le Mans winners such as Sebastien Buemi (4 victories), André Lottere (3) and Romain Dumas (2 and the owner of the greatest distance used in the 24 Hours).
OTHER CLASSES The battle promises to be intense not only between Hypercars. In the LMP2 class there are 24 Gibson-powered Orecas at the start, eight of which are also entered in the separate Pro/Am classification. Moving on LMGTE Am cars we get four different manufacturers initially (8 Porsches, 7 Ferraris, 5 Aston Martins and a Corvette).
24 HOURS FOR PINK Among the 186 registered drivers there are a total of five women, all of whom are permanent participants in the WEC season. These are Doriane Pin, Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting, Rahel Frey and Lilou Wadouxhe recently won the 6 Hours of Spa at the wheel of a Ferrari 488.
BEST RESPECT At the beginning there will also be a car that will race outside the three classes mentioned above. It’s about Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 NASCAR specially modified for the event and brought to the track by the Hendrick Motorsports team. The crew is absolutely precious, created by the 2009 F1 world champion Jenson’s buttonfrom the two-time winner of Le Mans Mike Rockefeller and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson.