Post-race briefs – Info Endurance

June 13. 2022 • 18:00


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Find out the latest news from the 24 Hours of Le Mans paddock after the finish.

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  • The participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022 is 244,200 spectators. A little less than in 2019, the last “normal” year before the pandemic. After walking around the Village and the paddock, we can confirm that the public has responded.

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  • Of the 62 cars at the start, 53 crossed the finish line, compared to 44 last year. Only Ferrari No. 60 – Iron Lynx was not classified.
  • The success of the Toyota GR010 No. 8 allows Sébastien Buemi to become the most successful Swiss driver in the four crowns of the Sarthe, one more than Marcel Fässler, triple winner during the epic Audi (2011, 2012 and 2014). Buemi joins the list of legends Yannick Dalmas and Henri Pescarolo. 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 time trial. Among the manufacturers, Toyota overtakes Ford and Alfa Romeo with five wins.
  • 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. GR010 No. 8 was also the fastest at 342.3 km / h.
  • It was José Maria Lopez’s Toyota No. 7 that set the fastest lap of the race in 3’27 “749.
  • Glickenhaus conquers its first podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Joest Racing, which supports the commitment of Glickenhaus, returns to the podium for the first time since 2016 and the Audi years.
  • As for the championships, the Alpine Lapierre crew – Negrao – Vaxivière remains at the top of the Drivers’ classification with 81 points, 3 units ahead of the Le Mans winners Buemi – Hartley – Hirakawa. Romain Dumas and Olivier Pla are 3And 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 disputed by the English team in the LM P2, a sticker on the Oreca 07 that recalls this statistic. Now it will be necessary to add two new podiums with the success of No.38 by António Félix da Costa – Roberto Gonzalez – Will Stevens and third place by Edward Jones, Jonathan Aberdein and Oliver Rasmussen.

  • The WRT clan was surprised to see how few safety cars were installed during the 2022 race at Le Mans. “ There were many slow zones but few safety cars, confessed Thierry Tassin, sports director of the Baudour team. We are talking about a race a bit like the Nürburgring where it is difficult to recover the leaders. At the 24 Hours of Spa, even with almost one lap less, with Full Course Yellow and the safety car in tow, no one is really behind and the lost lap can be recovered. Here it is difficult when there are only the slow areas. “
  • The Belgian team can draw positive sides from this event from the lap times of its drivers in the race, since the three best overall times in the category are attributable to Norman Nato (3’30 “918), Mirko Bortolotti (3’30 “948) and Ferdinando Habsburg (3’31” 072). The speed was there, enough to give real regrets.
  • The only Ligier JS P217 in the race, the n ° 27 – CD Sport has achieved its goal: to see the finish line. And this despite some technical problems that have slowed down its progress. The maximum speed deficit did not prevent Steven Palette from completing his best lap in 3’36 “418.
  • “I knew we would be out of time, Steven Palette told us. We have come to the end. At first, Christophe had a problem with a loose wheel. I saw the photo, I thought he hit it. A nut also broke at 4am but I managed to save the car. Then we rolled out. We wanted to finish first. In my head I have images of the evening with the sun in my eyes, fights. It is also a bit like the story of a boy who dreamed of racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “
  • In the championship the winners of the LM P2 of Oreca 07 n ° 38 – JOTA took the lead of the standings with 77 points, 11 units ahead of Josh Pierson and Olly Jarvis. Alessio Rovera, François Perrodo and Nicklas Nielsen remain leaders in Pro-Am.
  • The winners of the last outing of the Porsche 911 RSR-19 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Richard Lietz and Gimmi Bruni were already in the first win of the Weissach car in 2018-2019 in the Silverstone WEC.
  • This is the 109th class victory for a Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which it has won 19 times in total.
  • In GTE Pro, Gimmi Bruni and Richard Lietz are the new leaders of the general classification with 84 points, 3 points clear of Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen. Followed by Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, 2nd in Le Mans with 79 points. The Englishman is celebrating his birthday this Monday. Happy birthday Giacomo.
  • 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 did not go far from his second class success in Sarthe after that of 2018, with Dempsey-Proton Racing. “The start of the race was excellent, confessed the Frenchman. We were leading with a 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 a week ago I was told that I would finish 2nd at Le Mans, I would have signed. “
  • Ben Keating and Marco Sorensen lead the 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 win since 1998. The tire introduced this year by the French manufacturer incorporates 53% sustainable materials, up from 46% in the previous iteration. Michelin wants to produce a rubber made from 100% sustainable materials by 2050. This year, the Michelin tire raced for the first time on the track in a hydrogen car, the H24.
  • Statistic to remember: a Michelin tire mounted on a Porsche 911 RSR-19 performs 6,500 laps per lap at the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit
  • In the GoodYear clan, 2,500 tires were available for the LM P2s in the paddock. The only manufacturer in the category has reduced its equipment by 30%, after developing a new unique rainproof rubber, which replaces the previous rain and intermediate.
  • 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 Hunaudières. A record for a hydrogen car.
  • Alastair Moffitt, communications manager for Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe, received the ACO-USJF Communication Prize. The jury was composed of Jean-Claude Virfeu (general secretary of the UJSF Ouest), Stéphane Bois (president of the 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 (24 Hours Annual), Frédéric Veille (RTL), Anne-Laure Vigneron (ACO Communications Director), Thibaut Villemant (The Team Channel), Gary Watkins (Autosport).
  • The TDS x Vaillante Oreca 07 sported the Endurance-Info logo on the mirrors during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Thanks for the nod.

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