On the face of it, we shouldn’t be getting excited by the Le Mans 24 Hours. After all, we’ve only got five cars to duke it out in the top class. But that’s to miss the point. This season is ground zero for a mouth-watering new era of sports car racing that many are predicting will be a classic.
There’s every reason to believe it will be. Look who are coming to the World Endurance Championship in the near or slightly distant future. Peugeot arrives next year, to be followed by a cascade of names. Ferrari makes its long-awaited return to the pinnacle of endurance racing as a factory in 2023, while Audi and Porsche will join the party at the same time. BMW and Honda’s Acura brand are committed to building cars for this new age, though we can’t be certain if and when we will see them in the WEC and at its centrepiece round at Le Mans.
The marques that we know will be on the grid in its centenary year of 2023 have 47 outright victories in the French enduro between them or have won more than half the 88 editions held.