World Endurance - 24 hours of Le Mans: countdown to the ninetieth edition

The World Endurance back on track this weekend for the third round of the 2022 championship. But this is a special weekend, because the venue is the La Sarthe circuit, in the heart of the Loire, and the one that is run is the endurance test par excellence : the 24 Hours of Le Mans, now in its ninetieth edition.

Crowded starting grid. The action on the French circuit has already begun with free practice and, tonight, the clock will begin to give the first sentences with the Hyperpole dispute. But the highlight of the weekend is that of Saturday 11 June, when the stopwatch will officially start at 4 pm, which will start the race that will end at the end of an entire lap of short clock hands. Also this year the entry-list of the race is particularly long: there are 62 registered crews and 186 drivers, divided between the Hypercar, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am categories. We will have 5 competitors in the Hypercar category, 27 in LMP2, 7 in GTE-Pro and 23 in GTE-Am. Among the many stories of this weekend there is also that of the debut of Sébastien Ogier, eight times world rally champion, who takes to the track with the Richard Mille team in the LMP2 prototype category, with the aim of gaining experience and aiming – in a not too distant future – to leap into the premier class. Along with Ogier, there will also be many former F1 drivers on the track, including Robert Kubica, Sébastien Bourdais, Kamui Kobayashi, Felipe Nasr and Esteban Gutierrez.

Italians. Although there is no Italian driver among the Hypercars, in all the other categories there is a good Italian representation: in all, 14 Italians compete. Lorenzo Colombo, Mirko Bortolotti and Alessio Rovera are involved in LMP2, while in the GTE-Pro we find Antonio Fuoco, Davide Rigon, Gianmaria Bruni and Alessandro Pier Guidi. On the other hand, Claudio Schiavoni, Alessandro Balzan, Raffaele Giammaria and Matteo Cairoli will keep up the colors of our flag in GTE-Am. Even if there is no Italian driver among the Hypercars, in the other categories the tricolor representation is noteworthy. Lorenzo Colombo, Mirko Bortolotti and Alessio Rovera are involved in LMP2, while in the GTE-Pro we find Antonio Fuoco, Davide Rigon, Gianmaria Bruni and Alessandro Pier Guidi. Finally, in the GTE-Am, the most awaited is Giancarlo Fisichella who will find Claudio Schiavoni, Alessandro Balzan, Raffaele Giammaria and Matteo Cairoli on the track.

The 24h of Le Mans on TV. The entire event will be broadcast live, in full version by Eurosport and on the related subscription platforms that host the channel, including Sky and Discovery +. The appointment with the Hyperpole is for this evening at 8 pm. Friday is the traditional day dedicated to the press, while the race will start on Saturday 11 June at 4 pm and will end exactly at the same time as Sunday 12 June.

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