LMP1 car through the pit straight at night at Le Mans
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Le Mans 24 Hours 2022: Our Picks

The Le Mans 24 hours race takes place at the Circuit de la Sarthe this weekend (11-12 June 2022). The experience watching from home is rather odd – no crowds, no smoke from the campsite barbecues wafting around, and of course the whole atmosphere is missing. We managed to get invested in 2020 and last year.

We’re already planning to go to the real thing in 2023. There’s lots of teams about to get involved and himself is very excited already.

I’m posting this on race day but I’ll update it at the finish with how our picks did.

How to Watch Le Mans 2022

We’re using the Eurosport Player app through Discovery Plus on our TV with their own commentary, himself prefers the WEC commentary and if we get really frustrated we’ll switch to Radio Le Mans.

In 2020, the wonderful Eve Hewitt and the Radio Le Mans Twitter team helped us persuade Alexa to play Radio Le Mans. So we can have John Hindhaugh’s dulcit tones accompanying the Eurosport player’s pictures and that trick still works.

Our Picks

Before the race, we printed out a Spotters Guide by @GrosiakMateuz – it’s just not Le Mans without a list of runners to cross out as they fall foul of the demands of such an endurance race.

We each picked one or two cars in each class to cheer for and follow over the weekend.

Here are our picks by class:

LMH (Hypercar)

  • Himself: #709 Glickenhaus Racing driven by Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, and Franck Mailleux powered by a Glickenhaus 007 LMH
  • Small boy: #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing driven by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Ryo Hirakawa powered by a Toyota GR010 Hybrid
  • Large boy: #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and Jose Maria Lopez powered by a Toyota GR010 Hybrid
  • Me: #708 Glickenhaus Racing driven by Olivier Pla, Romain Dumas, and Pipo Derani powered by a Glickenhaus 007 LMH

LMP2

  • Himself: #23 United Autosports USA driven by Oliver Jarvis, Alex Lynn, and Josh Pierson powered by an Oreca 07-Gibson
  • Small boy: #30 Duqueine Team driven by Richard Bradley, Reshad de Gerus and Memo Rojas powered by an Oreca 07-Gibson
  • Large boy: #32 Team WRT driven by Mirko Bortolotti, Rolf Ineichen and Dries Vanthoor powered by an Oreca 07-Gibson
  • Me: #38 Jota Sport driven by Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez and Will Stevens powered by an Oreca 07-Gibson

GTE Pro

  • Himself: #64 Corvette Racing driven by Tommy Milner, Alexander Sims, and Nick Tandy powered by a Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
  • Small boy: #63 Corvette Racing driven by Nicky Catsburg, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor powered by a Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
  • Large boy: #52 AF Corse driven by Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Davide Rigon powered by a Ferrari 488 GTE EVO
  • Me: #74 Riley Motorsports driven by Sam Bird, Filipe Fraga and Shane van Gisbergen powered by a Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

GTE Am

  • Himself: #56 Team Project 1 driven by Ben Barnicoat, Brendan Iribe, and Ollie Milroy powered by a Porsche 911 RSR-19
  • Small boy: #98 Northwest AMR driven by Paul Dalla Lana, David Pittard and Nikki Thim powered by a Porsche 911 RSR-19
  • Large boy: #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing driven by Sebastian Priaulx, Christian Ried and Harry Tincknell powered by a Porsche 911 RSR-19
  • Me: #85 Iron Dames driven by Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting powered by a Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

Qualification

LMH (Hypercar)

  • #709 Glickenhaus (himself): 4th on grid
  • #8 Toyota Gazoo (small boy): 1st on grid
  • #7 Toyota Gazoo (large boy): 2nd on grid
  • #708 Glickenhaus (me): 5th on grid

LMP2

  • #23 United Autosports (himself): 6th in class (11th on grid)
  • #30 Duqueine Team (small boy): 11th in class (16th on grid)
  • #32 Team WRT (large boy): 10th in class (15th on grid)
  • #38 Jota Sport (me): 4th in class (9th on grid)

GTE Pro

  • #64 Corvette Racing (himself): 1st in class (33rd on grid)
  • #63 Corvette Racing (small boy): 2nd in class (34th on grid)
  • #52 AF Corse (large boy): 5th in class (37th on grid)
  • #74 Riley Motorsports (me): 7th in class (39th on grid)

GTE Am

  • #56 Team Project 1 (himself): 8th in class (47th on grid)
  • #98 Northwest AMR (small boy): 4th in class (43rd on grid)
  • #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing (large boy): 3rd in class (42nd on grid)
  • #85 Iron Dames (me): 6th in class (45th on grid)

The Race

I’ll add more here as the race progresses…

After 6 hours

No retirements yet. The Elf LMH car had trouble and is way behind the four main contenders, separated by several LMP2 cars. There have been a few spins and bumps, with yellow flags and slow zones but nothing serious. All our picks are still competitive, anything can happen.

Morning

By morning there were some retirements: the 777 Aston Martin, the 45 and 56 Team Project 1, the 59 Inception Ferrari all had trouble overnight. We’d just settled down after breakfast when the 63 Corvette gave up after problems only the 64 to get tapped and spun into the barriers by an LMP2 car on its outlap. Small boy was quite upset as Corvette are his favourite.

Results

LMH (Hypercar)

  • #709 Glickenhaus (himself): 3rd overall and in class
  • #8 Toyota Gazoo (small boy): 1st overall and in class
  • #7 Toyota Gazoo (large boy): 2nd overall and in class
  • #708 Glickenhaus (me): 4th overall and in class

LMP2

  • #23 United Autosports (himself): 10th overall and 6th in class
  • #30 Duqueine Team (small boy): 52nd overall and 26th in class (last)
  • #32 Team WRT (large boy): 15th overall and 10th in class
  • #38 Jota Sport (me): 5th overall and 1st in class

GTE Pro

  • #64 Corvette Racing (himself): retired
  • #63 Corvette Racing (small boy): retired
  • #52 AF Corse (large boy): 30th overall and 3rd in class
  • #74 Riley Motorsports (me): 32nd overall and 5th in class

GTE Am

  • #56 Team Project 1 (himself): retired
  • #98 Northwest AMR (small boy): 36th overall and 3rd in class
  • #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing (large boy): 47th overall and 4th in class
  • #85 Iron Dames (me): 40th overall and 7th in class (awesome as they were running last overnight)
Love from Smell xxx

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