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.
We can offer an array of grandstand tickets for the 24 Hours. T5, T17, T18 and T19 are the most popular and sell out quickly. As grandstand tickets sales are brisk, the prices below are subject to change.
Tickets are sold with a secure ticket wallet and On Site lanyard for safety.
The prices for the Grandstand tickets INCLUDE a general entrance ticket.
Entrance is free for children under 16, born after 19th June 2000 accompanied by an adult.
Le Mans Entrance, Grandstand & Parking Prices
The pit walkabout ticket includes general enclosure and pit walkabout (at times to be confirmed) for all practice sessions before the start on Saturday. Grandstand seats may be purchased additionally, available on request. Unaccompanied children are forbidden.
The pit walkabout with T34 includes general enclosure, T34 Grandstand, pit walkabout (at times to be confirmed) for all practice sessions before the start on Saturday. Unaccompanied children are forbidden.