Le Mans 24 Hours, June 16-17, 2018

Porsche secured their third consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours victory despite the No1 car being forced to retire with an oil pressure problem. Timo Bernhard drove the Porsche 919 hybrid to victory while Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber celebrated from the pits a famous win. The No2 Porsche crew only claimed the lead in the penultimate hour of an incident-filled race when Bernhard passed LMP2 racer Ho-Pin Tung in the No38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA.

The trio’s late victory bid came after a motor generator unit failure in the 4th hour dropped the 919 Hybrid crew 18 laps behind the leaders. It looked like the sister No1 car would take a dominant victory ahead of the LMP2 runners until it ground to a halt with a lack of oil pressure with three hours left on the clock. At the time it had a massive lead of 13 laps.

The early stages of the race were all about Toyota until the Japanese manufacturer’s ‘curse’ at Le Mans struck again. First the No8 TS050 dropped out of contention in the eighth hour with an MGU issue when running second. Work to fix the problem caused it to drop 30 laps with Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima eventually finishing ninth overall.

Neither of the other two Toyotas made it beyond half-distance. The No7 car of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Stephane Sarrazin led from pole and was beginning to build a commanding advantage when a clutch problem caused the car to slow as it crossed the start / finish line during the 10th hour. Kobayashi, who set a new circuit record qualifying lap, attempted unsuccessfully to get the car back to the pits.

Then, just minutes later, the No9 car was also out of the race after being hit by the No25 Manor ORECA of Simon Trummer. The contact caused a rear-left puncture for the Toyota and Nicolas Lapierre was also unable to make it back to the pits with too much damage done to the car.

The 2018 edition, which will include the official return of BMW in GT, will once again take place the 24th weekend of the year when the drivers will be able to take maximum advantage of daylight.

 

First Time To Le Mans?

Le Mans can be bewidering and there are a lot of options....

What and when is Le Mans?
Le Mans is the home town of the 24 hours race – an endurance race like no other and with approximately 250,000 attendees. It is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The 24 hour race takes place every year in the middle of June.

Where is Le Mans? Le Mans is close to the Loire Valley, France - approximately 130 miles west of Paris.

How can you travel to Le Mans? The majority of guests go by car but we offer a array of other options including rail and air. By car, Le Mans is easily accessible via motorway from Calais (5hrs) Le Havre (3hrs) Caen (2hrs) St Malo or Cherbourg (3hrs).

When should I travel to Le Mans? This is purely personal but the programme before the race (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) is full and entertaining; there is also the Drivers' Parade on the Friday at 6pm or Friday night in Arnage which can be lively.

What tickets will I need to watch the 24 hours race? As a minimum you will need a Le Mans 24 Hour general entrance ticket per person. This provides access into the Le Mans 24 hours circuit and general viewing areas. If you are camping you will need a Le Mans 24 Hour camping pass. Le Mans 24 Hour grandstand tickets are optional extras.

Camping, Hotel or Chateau? We offer a very large array of hotel accommodation in Le Mans. Alternatively, you can camp at one of the official campsites (on a 7x5m pitch) with basic toilet and shower facilities or our VIP campsite option. If you use our chateaux, beware, they are so relaxing that you may not get to see any racing!

How do I get around? Most of our hotels are all in Le Mans and all very close to the tramway system which is superb and runs through the night. Alternatively, you can drive to the circuit and park in one of our recommended car parks. Or if you are a group, we can shuttle you in branded minibuses.

Which grandstands are the best? It's down to personal preference. The closer to the Le Mans start / finish line the more expensive however some of the stands at the top of the circuit (Dunlop Bridge) offer excellent views. Or you can simply save on the grandstand option and and view from a hospitality terrace.

Is hospitality worth it? Yes, if you can afford it. Our Panoramic Restaurant is amazing and our Maison Blanche Hospitality venue has everything you would want for a weekend.

What can I expect at the Le Mans 24 hours?
It may become addictive - many guests return to Le Mans year after year. It is about comraderie, fun, on circuit entertainment and non-sport motorsport!

Where do I get food and drink? There are plenty of places on the Le Mans 24 hours circuit where you can buy food and drink. If you are camping, there is a excellent Super U supermarket in Arnage.

What if I forget something? Le Mans is a large, cosmopolitan city; you should be able to find everything you have forgotten.

What happens if I need help whilst I'm at Le Mans? As befitting a company called On Site, we have a team resident in Le Mans during the week. We provide 24 Hour telephone operations and also have an emergency mobile contact number.

What else do I need? A must is travel insurance - for sensibly priced travel insurance, please click here

Why book a package through On Site Events? We have specialised in Le Mans for the last 20 years. We know it like a second home. We do not take huge numbers - we offer a bespoke service and not something that is picked out of a brochure. For your protection, we maintain a trust acount where the client's money (paid in advance) is kept until the client's return after satisfactory conclusion of the travel / tour. The trust account is administered by independent trustees and run through a dedicated account. We are also an approved, official dealer for the Le Mans 24 Hours and Le Mans Classic. There are only a very few, trusted, established operators who are awarded this status.

 

 

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