The Le Mans 24 Hours vies with the Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 as the world’s most famous automobile race. Le Mans is also one of the last remaining old-fashioned road courses, using public roads that are normally open to general traffic. The area around the town has been instrumental in the growth of the sport for the first Grand Prix was held in 1906 on roads to the east of the town. What is now the Mulsanne Straight formed part of the 33.75-mile course that held the 1913 GP de France. The current circuit was first used for the 1921 French GP, and the original unpaved roads were soon laid with tarmac. A 24-hour race was added two years later but the 1955 edition was marred by the worst disaster in motor racing history. The Mercedes-Benz of "Pierre Levegh" (real name: Pierre Bouillon) crashed into the crowd opposite the pits, killing the driver and over 80 spectators. The recriminations were felt throughout the world, with racing suspended in France and banned permanently by Swiss authorities. In the 1990s, safety concerns and ongoing machinations with the FIA resulted in the 3-mile Mulsanne Straight being interrupted by two chicanes. The lure of Le Mans remains as strong as ever to drivers, spectators, and manufacturers alike as it enters its tenth decade.
|Le Mans 24 Hours||16/06/2018||World Endurance Championship||388||Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||17/06/2017||World Endurance Championship||367||Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||18/06/2016||World Endurance Championship||384||Neel Jani, Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||13/06/2015||World Endurance Championship||395||Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||15/06/2014||World Endurance Championship||379||Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||22/06/2013||World Endurance Championship||348||Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||16/06/2012||World Endurance Championship||378||Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||11/06/2011||Intercontinental Le Mans Cup||355||Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||12/06/2010||Non-championship||397||Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Mike Rockenfeller|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||13/06/2009||Non-championship||382||Alexander Wurz, David Brabham, Marc Gene|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||14/06/2008||Non-championship||381||Allan McNish, Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen|
|Le Mans 24 Hours||16/06/2007||Non-championship||369||Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro, Marco Werner|
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