The centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held on June 10 and 11, 2023. It will mark the return to the premier class of Peugeot, Porsche and Ferrari.
The 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in June 2023, is particularly awaited in several respects. On the one hand, it is centenary edition of an event that has been part of the automotive heritage since 1923. On the other hand, it will be the scene of an enrichment of the plateau at the top of the pyramid, in this case in the Hypercar category, with the arrival of Peugeot, Porsche, Ferrari and Cadillacto raise the glove facing Toyota, five-time defending champion.
If you follow LeMans the 24 Hours assiduous, you know that the queen event of endurance racing usually takes place during the 24th week of the year. This tradition always gives it an outfit at the end of spring, in the heart of June. However, two editions have recently made exceptions to this due to the health crisis. In 2020the double clock tower has been shifted in septemberwhile the next yearthe postponement was effective in August. In 2022the Le Mans classic benefited from a return to normal, being held on June 11 and 12 and enjoying full capacity for spectators. Unless there is a sudden resumption of the health crisis, the same will apply for the next edition. Also, you can already note in your diaries that the race for the 91st edition will take place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June 2023. For the moment, the detailed program is not known, but the free practice and qualifying sessions should still be held on Wednesday and Thursday, namely June 7 and 8.
A very special anniversary will be celebrated in 2023 in Sarthe: a century of existence of the most famous double clock tower in the solar system. Indeed, this race, one of the toughest in the world, is also one of the oldest. Not as much as 500 miles from Indianapoliswhose birth dates back to 1911, but not far. Since its creation in 1923the meeting of the 24 Hours of Le Mans experienced moments of anthologyenter here dramatic edition 1955the legendary battle between Ford and Ferrari in 1966the triple of Peugeot 905 in 1993the 33 participations and 4 victories of the emblematic Henry Pescarolothe many successes of both “Mister Le Mans”, Jacky Ickx (6) and Tom Kristensen (9)without forgetting the cruel end of 2016 for Toyotaforced to retire on the last lap as victory was in sight. In 2023, the centenary edition will be an opportunity to write a new page, with the return of several manufacturers to the premier category.
To magnify the symbolism of the centenary edition, the 24 Hours of Le Mans field will regain a density worthy of the name at its summit. Impoverished for five years, the queen category is being reborn, under the impetus of the Hypercar regulations initiated last year, bringing together “Le Mans Hypercars” and “Le Mans Daytona Hypercars”, under the names LMH and LMDh. In 2023, this translates into the return of four major manufacturers, one French, one German, one Italian and one American. In order, they are Peugeot, Porsche, Ferrari and Cadillac. The lion mark is the first expected on the track as part of the WEC, the world endurance championship. Starting next month, Peugeot planned to engage its 9X8 during the 6 Hours of MonzaJuly 10. On his side, Porsche is preparing to return to Sarthe, with a prototype, after a six-year hiatus. Moreover, before the current series of five victories accomplished by Toyota, the firm of Zuffenhausen is the last brand to date victorious in the classic Le Mans race, in 2017 thanks to the 919 Hybridbringing his absolute record of overall success to 19. Conversely, the Scuderia Ferrari has not been seen in the premier class at Le Mans since June 10, 1973! Just 50 years later, the return of the Prancing Horse is therefore an event, which the Maranello builder takes care to divulge in small touches, the latest being the teaser image reveal leaving guess the front of his future machine. As for Cadillacit will be a first appearance in the Sarthe for 21 years. The Japanese clan will always be represented by Toyota, in the running for a sixth consecutive victory. On the other hand, Glickenhaus has not yet confirmed its presence, whileAlpine takes a break to better prepare for its return, in 2024 at the earliest. As a result of Porsche and Ferrari’s commitment to Hypercar, the GTE Pro category will unfortunately no longer be representedwhile its alter ego “Am” will ensure a transition leading to the introduction, in 2024, of vehicles from the GT3.
- Toyota (LMH): 2 or 3 cars
- Peugeot 9X8 (LMH): 2 cars
- Porsche (LMDH): 2 cars
- Ferrari (LMH): 2 cars
- Cadillac GTP (LMDh): 2 cars
- Glickenhaus (LMH): 2 cars – To be confirmed
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