The centennial edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held on June 10 and 11, 2023. It will mark the return to the queen class of Peugeot, Porsche and Ferrari.
The 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in June 2023, is especially 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 grab the glove against Toyota, five-time defending champion.
If you have been following LeMans 24 Hours regularly, you know that the event that reigns in endurance racing usually takes place during the 24th week of the year. This tradition always gives her a dress in late spring, in the middle of June. Recently, however, two editions have made exceptions to this due to the health crisis. In 2020, the double clock was moved to September, while the following year the deferral took effect in August. In 2022, the Le Mans classic benefited from a return to normalcy, being held on 11 and 12 June and enjoying a full capacity of spectators. Unless there is a sudden resumption of the health crisis, the same will apply for the next edition. Plus, you can write it down in your journal the 91st edition race will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2023. The detailed schedule is unknown at this time, but free practice and qualifiers are yet to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, June 7th and 8th.
In 2023 a very special anniversary will be celebrated in Sarthe: a century of existence of the most famous double clock tower in the solar system. In fact, this race, one of the toughest in the world, is also one of the oldest. Not as much as the Indianapolis 500, which dates back to 1911, but close. Since its inception in 1923the meeting of the 24 Hours of Le Mans lived moments of anthologycome in here Dramatic edition 1955the legendary battle between Ford and Ferrari in 1966three times as much Peugeot 905 in 1993the 33 participations and 4 victories of the emblematic one Henry Pescarolothe many successes of both “Mister Le Mans”, Jacky Ickx (6) and Tom Kristensen (9)not to mention the cruel end of 2016 for Toyota, forced to retire on the last lap as victory was in sight. In 2023, the centennial edition will be the opportunity to write a new page, with the return of several manufacturers to the first category.
To magnify the symbolism of the centennial edition, the 24 Hours of Le Mans field will regain a density worthy of the name at its peak. Impoverished for five years, the queen category is reborn, under the impetus of the Hypercar regulations started last year, which groups the “Le Mans Hypercars” and the “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 to be expected on the track as part of the WEC, the world endurance championship. Starting next month, Peugeot planned to involve him 9X8 during the 6 Hours of Monza, July 10th. At his side, Porsche prepares to return to Sarthe, with a prototype, after a six-year hiatus. In addition, before the current series of five victories achieved by Toyota, the Zuffenhausen firm is the last victorious mark so far in the classic Le Mans race, in 2017 thanks to the 919 Hybridbringing its absolute record for global success to 19. On the contrary, the Scuderia Ferrari had not been seen in the queen class at Le Mans since June 10, 1973! Just 50 years later, the return of Cavallet Rampant is, therefore, an event that the manufacturer of Maranello is responsible for disseminating with small touches, the latest is the revelation of a teaser image that reveals the front of its future machine. As to Cadillac, will be a first appearance at the Sarthe for 21 years. The Japanese clan will always be represented by Toyota, racing for a sixth straight victory. On the other hand, Glickenhaus has not yet confirmed its presence, while Alpine is taking a break to better prepare for its return, as early as 2024. As a result of Porsche and Ferrari’s commitment to Hypercar, the category GTE Pro will unfortunately no longer be represented, while its alter ego “Am” will ensure a transition leading to the introduction, in 2024, of GT3 vehicles.
- 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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