24 Hours of Le Mans

annual sports car race held in France
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing.[1] The race happens each year near the town of Le Mans, France. It was first run in 1923.

Map of track at 24 Hours of Le Mans
Map of track at 24 Hours of Le Mans

The cars must run for 24 hours without mechanical damage. It is important to manage the cars' consumables, mostly fuel, tires and braking materials. The driver goes over two hours behind the wheel before stopping in the pits. Then a relief driver takes over the driving duties. Drivers then eat and rest before returning to drive. Today it is a rule that three drivers share each car.

At the end of the 24 hours, the car which has driven the most laps of the track wins the race. Different types of cars race in different categories. Currently there are four different categories, with the fastest cars racing in the 'LMP1' category.

The race is held in June. This can lead to very hot conditions for the drivers. The race begins in mid-afternoon. The drivers race through the night and following morning. They then finish at the same time the race started, the following day.[2]

Tom Kristensen has won the race 8 times. This is the most of any driver. Porsche cars have won 16 times. This is the most of any car manufacturer.

References change

  1. "Weekly auto agenda: Le Mans". The Independent. June 11, 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  2. "Schedule". lemans.org. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.

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