24 Hours of Le Mans Preview

Written by Cameron Gale, Edited by Leah Brown

Cars taking to the track for the test day at Le Mans (Credit: James Moy Photography/Getty Images)

The biggest endurance race on the planet is due to take place next week near the town of Le Mans, France, with events scheduled to start on 8 June and finish on 12 June 2022.


Over the long history of endurance racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been one of the most-renowned races, with drivers needing to maintain their pace whilst putting in near-perfect laps for the whole race. Additionally, unlike traditional motorsport races, the winner is the car that covers the greatest distance during the 24 hours.


There are four car categories that compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans: LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2), GTE PRO (Gran Touring Endurance Professional), GTE AM (Gran Touring Endurance Amateur), and the newest and most popular, Hypercar.


Regardless of class, all teams must consist of three drivers each. In the interest of driver health, each driver is allowed to do a maximum of 4 hours at one time (this does not include time in the pit lane).


The first day of events will give the drivers several free practice sessions plus one qualifying session from 17:00 to 18:00 GMT. There will be two more free practice sessions on 9 June, along with the half-hour Hyperpole session, which will set the grid for the race, to start at 18:00 GMT.


On 11 June, raceday will start with a warm up from 8:00-8:45 GMT. And finally, the event everyone will be waiting for: The 24 Hours of Le Mans will start at 14:00 GMT. As the name suggests, the race will end at 14:00 GMT on 12 June.


Will Toyota Gazoo Racing be able to defend their Le Mans Hypercar trophy or will Alpine and Glickenhaus end their reign in the 90th running of the most iconic endurance race? You can see all practice and qualifying sessions, as well as the race, live on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.