24 Hours of Le Mans: Pre-Race Information

June 11, 2022

by Connor Kay

With just hours left before the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans gets underway at the Circuit de La Sarthe we thought to provide all the information for anyone preparing to watch the French classic this weekend.

What time does it start?

The race will get underway at 4PM local time (3PM BST) and will run for the full 24 hours, finishing at the same time on Sunday.

What is the forecast?

A fully dry race is expected, with hot and sunny conditions forecast throughout the entire 24 hours of running. High temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius are expected on both days, with an overnight low of 13 degrees.

Who are the favourites?

It is hard to look past Toyota to take the overall win, with the Japanese team securing a 1-2 in qualifying and being fortunate enough to see their closest rival, the #36 Alpine, hit with a pre race power reduction.

The Glickenhaus looked strong in early running but has suffered a lack of pace and multiple reliability issues in later running, putting the team on the back foot.

WRT looks impressive in LMP2 with both the #31 and Realteam car showing impressive pace. Another car to keep an eye on is TDS Racing who, with substitute driver Nick de Vries, now possess a very strong lineup which could be a podium threat despite their lack of running so far.

Of course the usual suspects from United Autosports, JOTA, Penske and more should never be discounted and could all have their time in the sun as the race progresses.

In GTE Pro Corvette look to have the upper hand going into the race, qualifying their cars 1-2 on the grid. However a mechanical issue in the 15 minute warm up session this morning will have dented the confidence slightly and the impressive lineups from Porsche and Ferrari behind won’t need a second invitation to steal the win away.

The Ferrari runners have looked strong all week in GTE Am, with Kessel Racing taking pole position. The Aston Martins, especially from Northwest AMR and TF Sport are also worth watching, with both cars looking very strong so far this season, as well as the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche which will start from 3rd in class.

Where can I watch it?

Eurosport has the U.K TV rights to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race will also be available to watch via the WEC's streaming service. 

Photo Credit: FIA World Endurance Championship


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