This year, he and his Toyota team-mates Kamui Kobayashi and José María López arrive on French soil with a win at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps under their belts after half a year out of the car.
There were no cobwebs to shake off according to Conway, as the No7 Toyota took the win in Belgium for the first time last month. The team was able to trial new parts ahead of Le Mans and now Conway is hoping that the performance carries over into the penultimate round of the season.
“We feel good,” he told Motor Sport. “I feel like all three of us were straight on it at Spa, no rustiness or anything like that so we all felt good and to get the win there, a little bit unexpected with the penalties we had and so on, to achieve that we did a really good job. Good for the championship, to extend that lead.
“We’ve got a few groups of Toyota fans that follow us around the world. They’ll be with us in spirit but we’ll miss them”
“I’m not really thinking about last year at all, just getting on with it this year and the focus on the championship, not just this race. We know that a good result here could possibly bring you the championship or lose you it.
“[Spa] was our first race with the new low-downforce kit, so we learned a lot from that and we’re still learning with it. I feel like, as this week progresses, we’ll get on top of it a little bit more. It’s always a challenge here and no matter how prepared you are it’s always a tough one.”
A strange one too, with those on the ground having to adapt to the absence of the usual buzz, as grandstands remain empty.
Race organisers, the ACO, had hoped to stage the race with limited fans in attendance but local guidelines and discussions with health authorities ruled that out.
Camps are empty and the hordes of fans are absent. The strange build-up has its pros and cons according to the 37-year-old.