June 13. 2022 • 18:00
Discover the latest news from the 24 Hours of Le Mans paddock after the finish.
- The attendance for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022 stands at 244,200 spectators. A little less than in 2019, the last “normal” year before the pandemic. Having strolled through the Village and the paddock, we can confirm that the public responded.
- Of the 62 cars at the start, 53 crossed the finish line, compared to 44 last year. Only Ferrari n°60 – Iron Lynx was not classified.
- The success of the Toyota GR010 n°8 allows Sébastien Buemi to become the most successful Swiss driver in the Sarthe four crowns, one more than Marcel Fässler, triple winner during the Audi epic (2011, 2012 and 2014). Buemi joins legends Yannick Dalmas and Henri Pescarolo on the list. Brendon Hartley also becomes the most successful New Zealander at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, when Ryo Hirakawa is the fifth Japanese winner of the double clock. Among the manufacturers, Toyota overtakes Ford and Alfa Romeo with five victories.
- The winning car covered 5,177.17 km, at an average of 215.4 km/h. 380 laps were covered, 9 more than in 2021. The GR010 n°8 was also flashed the fastest at 342.3 km/h.
- On the other hand, it was the Toyota n°7 of José Maria Lopez which set the fastest lap in the race in 3’27″749.
- Glickenhaus takes his first podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Joest Racing, which supports the Glickenhaus commitment, returns to the podium for the first time since 2016 and the Audi years.
- As for the championships, the Alpine Lapierre crew – Negrão – Vaxivière remains at the top of the Drivers’ classification with 81 points, 3 points ahead of Le Mans winners Buemi – Hartley – Hirakawa. Romain Dumas and Olivier Pla are 3e with 69 points with the Glickenhaus 007 LMH n°708.
- JOTA had managed to get on the podium eight times in the last eight editions contested by the English team in LM P2, a sticker on the Oreca 07 recalling this statistic. It will now be necessary to add two new podiums with the success of the n°38 of António Félix da Costa – Roberto Gonzalez – Will Stevens and the third place of Edward Jones, Jonathan Aberdein and Oliver Rasmussen.
- The WRT clan was surprised to see how few safety cars were put in place during the 2022 race at Le Mans. “ There were many Slow Zones but few safety cars, confessed Thierry Tassin, sports director of Baudour’s training. We are talking about a race a bit like the Nürburgring where it is difficult to pick up the leaders. At the 24 Hours of Spa, even with nearly a lap down, with Full Course Yellow and the safety car following, no one is really behind, and you can recover the lost lap. Here it is difficult when there are only Slow Zones.”
- The Belgian team can draw positives from this event from the times of its drivers in the race, since the three best absolute times in the category can be attributed to Norman Nato (3’30″918), Mirko Bortolotti (3 ’30″948) and Ferdinand Habsburg (3’31″072). The speed was there, enough to give real regrets.
- The only Ligier JS P217 in the running, the n°27 – CD Sport has achieved its objective: to see the finish. And this despite some technical problems that have slowed its progress. The top speed deficit did not prevent Steven Palette from completing his best lap in 3’36″418.
- “I knew we’d be out of time, told us Steven Palette. We have come to the end. At first, Christophe had a problem with a loose wheel. I saw the picture, I thought it hit. A nut also broke at 4am, but I was able to save the car. Then we unrolled. We wanted to finish first. In my head, I have the images of the evening with the sun in the eyes, the fights. It’s also a bit like the story of a kid who dreamed of racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. »
- In the championship, the LM P2 winners of the Oreca 07 n°38 – JOTA took control of the classification with 77 points, 11 units ahead of Josh Pierson and Olly Jarvis. Alessio Rovera, François Perrodo and Nicklas Nielsen remain leaders in Pro-Am.
- Winners for the last outing of the Porsche 911 RSR-19 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Richard Lietz and Gimmi Bruni were already on the Weissach car’s first victory in 2018-2019 in the WEC at Silverstone.
- This is the 109th class victory for a Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which has won 19 times overall.
- In GTE Pro, Gimmi Bruni and Richard Lietz are the new leaders in the general classification with 84 points, 3 lengths ahead of Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen. Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, 2nd at Le Mans, follow with 79 points. The English celebrates his birthday this Monday. Happy birthday James.
- An Aston Martin has been on the podium in the GTE Am category at Le Mans continuously since 2020 and the first success of Tom Ferrier’s TF Sport.
- Julien Andlauer has not gone far from his second category success in Sarthe after that of 2018, with Dempsey-Proton Racing. “The start of the race was excellent, confessed the Frenchman. We were in the lead with really good pace, before losing the lead overnight after a mistake or two. The car had been well prepared and tuned for the race. We were then unlucky with the Slow Zones and the safety car. I remember that if I had been told that I would finish 2nd at Le Mans a week ago, I would have signed. »
- Ben Keating and Marco Sorensen lead GTE Am in the WEC with 97 points, 8 points ahead of Paul Dalla Lana – Nicki Thiim – David Pittard.
- This is Michelin’s 25th consecutive victory since 1998. The tire brought in this year by the French manufacturer incorporates 53% sustainable materials, compared to 46% in the previous iteration. Michelin wants to produce a rubber composed of 100% sustainable materials by 2050. This year, the Michelin tire ran on the track for the first time on a hydrogen car, the H24.
- Stat to remember: a Michelin tire mounted on a Porsche 911 RSR-19 performs 6,500 rotations per lap on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit
- In the GoodYear clan, 2,500 tires were available in the paddock for the LM P2s. The category’s only manufacturer has reduced its allocation by 30%, after developing a new unique rain rubber, which replaces the previous rain and intermediate tires.
- The H24 hydrogen prototype, which competed in the two Road to Le Mans races before opening the 24 Hours with a lap of the big circuit, reached 290.8 km / h in the Mulsane. A record for a hydrogen car.
- Alastair Moffitt, head of communication for Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe, was awarded the ACO-USJF Communication Prize. The jury was composed of Jean-Claude Virfeu (general secretary of UJSF Ouest), Stéphane Bois (President of UJSF Ouest), Fabrice Bosset (L’Equipe), Andrew Cotton (Race Car), Laurent Mercier (Endurance- Info), Guillaume Nedelec (West-France), Bruno Palmet (Le Maine Libre), Marcus Schurig (Sport Auto Germany), Jean-Marc Teissedre (Annual 24 Hours), Frédéric Veille (RTL), Anne-Laure Vigneron (Communication Director ACO), Thibaut Villemant (The Team Channel), Gary Watkins (Autosport).
- The TDS x Vaillante Oreca 07 sported the Endurance-Info logo on its mirrors during the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Thanks for the nod.