24 Hours Of Le Mans Live. In 2022, the 24 Hours of Le Mans also formally known as the 24 Heures du Mans is the 90th running annual sports car race is officially set on 11–12 June 2022. Here’s everything you need to know about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, time, schedule, TV coverage, and more.
There are four classes of cars at Le Mans in 2022, in line with those that race in the WEC. At the top, and the main cars expected to challenge for victory, is the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class. For LMH, this year is a transition year, with only three manufacturers taking part while we await a large influx arriving in 2023. Four of the cars in the class are built to the latest LMH regulations – a pair of Toyota GR010s and two Glickenhaus SCG007s – while the fifth car in the class is an old Rebellion LMP1 car racing under the Alpine banner. The cars in the LMH class are balanced to ensure competitiveness through a complex Balance of Performance system that involves weight changes and power restrictions. To add more intrigue into the mix, the Toyotas are hybrids, running a four-wheel-drive system.
The second class in LMP2, a lower level of prototype racers, and reasonably close to a spec series. Twenty six of the 27 cars in the class are Oreca 07s, with a single Ligier JSP217 racing for CD Sport in the mix. There are actually four allowed LMP2 chassis, all running an identical Gibson V8 engine, but the Oreca quickly proved to be the fastest and those running Dallara, Riley or Ligier chassis mostly dropped them soon after the introduction of the latest regulations.
The final two classes are road car-based, with GTE Pro and GTE Am both racing in similar machinery. GTE Pro races with the latest machinery and the drivers are all top-level pros, while GTE Am uses slightly older cars with each car requiring one bronze and another bronze or silver rated driver. In the Pro category Ferrari 488s and Porsche 911s will be joined by the Corvette C8.R, while in the Am class the Ferraris and Porsches race against Aston Martin Vantages.
Who is racing at Le Mans in 2022?
As usual, the entry list is somewhat of a who’s who of motorsport. Ex-F1 drivers litter the grid, with Kamui Kobayashi, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley all racing in LMH with Toyota. Also in LMH are Goodwood Hill outright record holder Romain Dumas as well as IndyCar race winners Ryan Briscoe and Mike Conway.
There are former F1 stars in the LMP2 category too, including Robert Kubica, Esteban Gutierrez, Sebastien Bourdais, Felipe Nasr and Will Stevens. Other star drivers include Alex Brundle, Alex Lynn, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Sophie Floersch and Pietro Fittipaldi. Meanwhile, seven-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier will make his Le Mans debut.
The star drivers aren’t just clustered in the prototype categories though. Nick Tandy, James Calado, Alexander Sims, Sam Bird and Shane Van Gisbergen are all racing in GTE Pro, while pros jumping into the GTE Am class include Nick Cassidy, Renger Van der Zande and Giancarlo Fissichella. Alongside them, racing a Porsche 911 for his Le Mans debut, will be Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender.
When is the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours?
This year’s race takes place over the weekend of 11th/12th June, but the event is much more than just a weekend. Scrutineering took place in the centre of the city of Le Mans last weekend (4th June) before the test day on Sunday (5th June). The practice and qualifying sessions begin on Wednesday (8th June). The majority of the grid will be set on Wednesday evening, before Hyperpole sets the top places on Thursday evening in a half an hour session at 9pm CET (8pm BST). Friday is a day off for the track while the drivers take part in the traditional parade through the centre of the city.
What time does the Le Mans 24 Hours start?
The race has varied its start time on several occasions over the years, but this year it will begin at its more traditional starting time of 4pm CET (3pm BST).
How do I watch the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours?
The main method is through the official app or website. It costs £8.49 in the UK for access to all sessions that are broadcast and the full race, but is not available in the US.
Alternatively in the UK the whole race will be broadcast on Eurosport, and this year the Eurosport feed should come with the official commentary team rather than its own commentators. That means the excellent trio of Martin Haven, Graham Goodwin and Anthony Davidson should be on offer to all. Eurosport is available through Sky, BT, Now TV, Amazon Prime or through the Eurosport player, but all will require a subscription.