Lap distance: 13.629 km
Race duration: 24 hours
Location: Situated 200km from Paris, Le Mans is located on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and is a part of the Pays de la Loire region.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 2019 will be 87th edition of the 24 Heures du Mans. The first race was held in 1923.
- 17.262 km (10.726 Miles) was the length of the original circuit in 1923. It was shortened in 1929 and again in 1932.
- The city of Le Mans has hosted the French Grand Prix on four occassions: 1906, 1921, 1929 and 1967
- The fastest speed achieved on the Mulsanne Straight was 403.9kph / 251mph set by Roger Dorchy’s WM-Peugeot in 1988.
- 5410km (3362 Miles) – the greatest distance achieved by a winning car (2010 Audi R15 TDI – Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard, Mike Rockenfeller)
- After winning the 1967 race with A.J. Foyt and Ford, American Dan Gurney spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium. This was the first occasion that this had been done and one that has become the traditional victory celebration.
- In 2018 Fernando Alonso became the first Formula One Grand Prix winner to win at Le Mans since Michele Alboreto in a Joest Racing TWR Porsche WSC-95 in 1997
- 1997 was also the first of Tom Kristensen’s record nine wins at Le Mans.
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