The 24 Hours of Le Mans was unforgettable, filled with long Safety Car phases, multiple accidents, and unpredictable weather conditions.
Endurance racing necessitates cars that can withstand an exhausting race, making endurance events an invaluable test for manufacturers.
As expected, the top prototype classes at the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup season-ender have come down to the wire. GTP contenders are clustered within a close margin, and six vehicles hold mathematical chances at taking home their respective championship titles.
At the checkered flag, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s top-tier GR010 Hybrid (Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Ryo Hirakawa) finished over two minutes ahead of Kamui Kobayashi’s #7 car driven by Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway, third was secured by Glickenhaus ORECA 007 LMH of Westbrook/ Briscoe/ Mailleux.
Jimmie Johnson made an impactful statement with his impressive 12-lap performance in the Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. His charismatic manner kept fans excited throughout.
LMP2 has become increasingly attractive for drivers who have passed on F1. It can provide a career option for former single-seaters with substantial funds; Rene Rast and Robin Frijns of WRT, as well as Antonio Felix da Costa from Jota Sport, have competed this season alongside Antonio Felix da Costa of Jota Sport; additionally, AF Corse entered after success in GT Pro and GTWC series this year.
Acura team managed to regain two laps despite retirements by Jenson Button with an unexpected last-minute pit stop, where wet weather tires were fitted in time to weather showers and help finish fifth in the GTE race with a time of 6:15.10. Second place went to No.25 ORT by TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage driven by Ahmad Al Harthy, Michael Dinan, and Charles Eastwood respectively.
Le Mans’ LMGTE podium at Le Mans was an amalgam of old and new. Ferrari’s AF Corse team came out victorious upon their return to the class, beating No. 8 Toyota’s Ryo Hirakawa, Brendon Hartley, and Sebastien Buemi by five laps Corvette Racing came second, and GR Racing took third.
Unfortunately, tire issues with the No. 24 garage prevented NASCAR’s No. 24 entry from making the top three finish. It’s unfortunate, as that entry has been one of the most consistent performers in its class.
The LM GTE points race is tight. Currently, No. 31 Cadillac holds an edge over No. 10 Acura by seven points and eight over No. 05 Duqueine Team Oreca; overall standings remain open with approximately half the race completed.
At the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans, a familiar name took out victory in LMP4 class: Antonio Giovinazzi, Alessandro Pier Guidi, and James Calado lapped 342 times to claim victory in LMP4.
Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the LM P4 class with their GR010 Hybrid # 8 being driven by Sebastien Buemi, Bredon Hartley, and Kazuki Nakajima, followed by Kamui Kobayashi driving Mike Conway and Ryo Hirakawa respectively before Glickenhaus 007 LMH #77 driven by Ryan Briscoe Franck Mailleux Richard Westbrook finished third place.
Jenson Button remains in his Garage 56 Chevy during a safety-car period due to showers passing through. Currently, he’s using intermediate wet-weather tires but will switch back once the caution period ends.
Hendrick Motorsports at Sonoma Raceway remains fully immersed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans despite its nine-time zone difference from Le Mans. Crew members created an improvised schedule to translate start times for Sunday’s Xfinity Series race (2:30 pm ET; FS1, PRN, SiriusXM).
Toyota Gazoo Racing is out to unseat Ferrari as the reigning world champions at Le Mans 24 Hours with their fine-tuned GR010 Hybrid car, driven by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa in LM GTE Am. Sebastien Buemi leads by two minutes over Kamui Kobayashi, who Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway lead from LM GTE Am.
Jim Trueman’s Bronze Cup competition has never been fiercer. The driver who achieves the top bronze rating in LMP2 will receive an automatic invite for next year’s race.
As we wrap up our journey through the exhilarating 24 Hours of Le Mans Standings, it’s clear that endurance racing is not just about speed but strategy, resilience, and teamwork.
The twists and turns of this iconic race have showcased the best in automotive engineering and the incredible skill of endurance drivers.
Whether you’re a seasoned motorsport enthusiast or a casual fan, the 24 Hours of Le Mans stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of competition and the pursuit of excellence in motorsports.