The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is often called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”. The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport; other events being the Indianapolis 500, and the Monaco Grand Prix.
The race is organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe, which contains a mix of closed public roads and a specialist racing circuit, in which racing teams have to balance speed with the cars’ ability to race for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage.
Since 2012, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2016, it will be the 3rd round of the season
Toyota or Porsche? Toyota Gazoo Racing had a bit of a fright at 11:17, when the #6 car driven by Kamui Kobayashi span into the gravel at Corvette Curve. The Japanese driver was able to return to the track and resume his race, and maintains the third spot overall.
Numerically, Toyota Gazoo Racing has the ascendency because both its TS050-Hybrid are still very much in contention, helped by the 14-laps-per-stint strategy they have adhered to practically since the start. That could give the N°5 or N°6 car an advantage at the very end if the N°2 Porsche (13 laps per stint) has to make an extra ‘splash and dash’ fuel halt before the chequered flag.