24 Hours of Le Mans 2022 - Start, categories, Sébastien Ogier, Michael Fassbender...: everything you need to know

24 Hours of Le Mans 2022 – Start, categories, Sébastien Ogier, Michael Fassbender…: everything you need to know

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24 hours of Le Mans

Toyota first leader

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At what time will the departure be given?

Rolling start of the 62 racing cars entered at 4:00 p.m. sharp!

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By who ?

It is Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies, who will have the honor of waving the flag to kick off this 90th edition of the Le Mans event.

Le Mans, what is it?

Quite simply one of the biggest car races in the world, alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. It counts double in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The car that covers the longest distance in 24 hours wins. Each crew is made up of three pilots.

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What are the categories?

There are four:

  • Hypercars: the queen category, where the most efficient cars and, therefore, the favorites of the race appear.
  • The LMP2s: the outsiders, prototypes whose performance is fairly close to hypercars. All stables are private and all cars are powered by an engine supplied by Gibson.
  • The GTE Pro: There, all the cars are production models prepared for the race, with performances relatively far from the prototypes. The pilots are all professional.
  • The GTE Am: This is a category similar to the GTE Pro on a technical level, but where professional drivers cohabit with amateurs.

Hypercar, LMP2, LMGTE… What are the different categories at Le Mans?

Who is the favourite?

Toyota, without hesitation. The Japanese manufacturer has won the four previous editions and has greater know-how, financial strength and power than its rivals.

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What are the forces involved?

Facing Toyota, Alpine and Glickenhaus are the two other structures engaged in Hypercars. In LMP2, WRT is the team to beat but there are many outsiders. In GTE Pro, the level is homogeneous with the presence of Porsche, Ferrari and Corvette.

Lapierre: “Alpine is ready to move mountains”

But by the way, why does the 24 Hours of Le Mans… last 24 hours?

If this race has become legendary, it is largely thanks to its duration. Why 24 hours? Podcast response:

The driver to watch: Sébastien Ogier

He is the driver with the best track record entered in this 90th edition. Eight-time world rally champion Sébastien Ogier is taking part in the 24 Hours for the first time in his career, alongside Lilou Wadoux and Charles Milesi, winner in LMP2 last year. He will drive the Oreca 07-Gibson N.1 in the colors of Richard Mille Racing.

Ogier: “Go to the end by doing a clean race”

The prodigy to watch: Joshua Pierson

Remember its name, you’re likely to hear a lot about it this weekend… and in the years to come. Joshua Pierson, a young American driver, will start the race at 16 years and 118 days. This will constitute a new record of precocity. He will drive for United Autosports (#23) alongside Oliver Jarvis and Alex Lynn.

Joshua Pierson (United Autosports) during free practice at the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans

Credit: Imago

Star to watch: Michael Fassbender

He added his name to the long list of actors who have attempted the adventure of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Michael Fassbender has gone from the big screen to the track, having prepared for this meeting for four years. But the one who will team up with Zach Robichon and Matt Campbell had a difficult first few days…

The job is getting back on track for star Fassbender

The record to relive: Kobayashi’s pole lap

This is a record that will not be broken anytime soon. In 2017, at the wheel of a Toyota TS050 Hybrid, Kamui Kobayashi had completed a sensational lap in 3’14″791. To relive without moderation… and on board camera.

Levitating: Relive the track record set by Kobayashi in 2017 on board camera

The great thrill to relive: Alonso flirts with the limits in traffic

Fernando Alonso is one of the most spectacular drivers in F1. The Spaniard also made the show in 2018, the year of his first victory with Toyota. Guaranteed sensations.

The Alonso show: In 2018, the Spaniard had taken all the risks in traffic

The show to (re)listen to

This week, the Fous du Volant Stéphane Vrignaud and Gilles Della Posta received two distinguished guests: Sébastien Buemi, triple winner at Le Mans and World Endurance Champion with Toyota, as well as Nicolas Lapierre, Alpine driver. For a program full of anecdotes and expertise.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans… since when?

The race contested this weekend is the 90th edition of the Sarthoise event. But the first took place in… 1923. Which means that the 24 Hours will celebrate its centenary in 2023. With many prestigious manufacturers.

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