Ferrari win 24 Hours of Le Mans

It’s been 58 years since Ferrari won the premier class at Le Mans and 50 years since it even participated in the top-class of motorsport in the world’s most famous race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The last time Ferrari won, I wasn’t even born yet but the winner was from my home town in the form of Masten Gregory or “The Kansas City Flash”. He was teamed with the world’s only posthumous Formula 1 champion, Jochen Rindt. You could write entire articles and books on these two, which has been done, but in short, Masten was an enigma and amazingly quick driver who used to jump out of moving race cars while Jochen was perhaps one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time had he not perished at Monza.

Despite that rich history, it’s been 58 years since Ferrari have won the top step in the top classification. Sure, they’ve done well over the years in GT racing but not LMP1—now known as Hypercar.

On their first year back in the top class, they defeated the dominant Toyota to take victory with Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and former F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi at the wheel. Ferrari AF Corse are back!

Ferrari beat Toyota who finished second ahead of the #2 Cadillac with Inter Europol claiming LMP2 victory ahead of the #33 Corvette who took GTE honors.

On a personal note, a huge congratulations to our own Paul Charsley and the Heart of Racing Aston Martin team who claimed 6th in their very first Le Mans as a team.

The Ferrari 499Ps started from the top two positions on the grid with Hypercar numbers 50 and 51, respectively, thanks to the times posted during the Hyperpole when Fuoco took pole.

This was the Prancing Horse’s tenth overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to go with those collected in 1949, 1954, 1958, and 1960-1965. Ferrari’s history at Le Mans now comprises 39 victories, including 29 class wins.

With this result in round four of the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship, Ferrari remains second in the Manufacturers’ standings, narrowing the gap to Toyota to 19 points.

Cla#DriversCarClassGap
151United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 499PHYPERCAR
28Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Japan Ryo Hirakawa
Toyota GR010 – HybridHYPERCAR1’21.793
32New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Alex Lynn
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Cadillac V-Series.RHYPERCAR1 Lap
43France Sébastien Bourdais
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Cadillac V-Series.RHYPERCAR
550Italy Antonio Fuoco
Spain Miguel Molina
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 499PHYPERCAR
6708Australia Ryan Briscoe
France Romain Dumas
France Olivier Pla
Glickenhaus 007 LMHHYPERCAR
7709France Nathanael Berthon
Mexico Esteban Gutierrez
France Franck Mailleux
Glickenhaus 007 LMHHYPERCAR
893United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
France Jean-Eric Vergne
Peugeot 9X8HYPERCAR
95United States Dane Cameron
Denmark Michael Christensen
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 963HYPERCAR
1034Spain Albert Costa
Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Poland Jakub Smiechowski
Oreca 07LMP2
1141Portugal Rui Andrade
Switzerland Louis Deletraz
Poland Robert Kubica
Oreca 07LMP214 Laps
1230Austria Rene Binder
Switzerland Neel Jani
Chile Nicolas Pino
Oreca 07LMP2
1336France Julien Canal
France Charles Milesi
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
Oreca 07LMP215 Laps
1431Netherlands Robin Frijns
Indonesia Sean Gelael
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Oreca 07LMP215 Laps
1548France Paul-Loup Chatin
Germany Laurents Hörr
France Paul Lafargue
Oreca 07LMP215 Laps
1610France Gabriel Aubry
Ireland Ryan Cullen
Liechtenstein Matthias Kaiser
Oreca 07LMP2
17311United Kingdom Jack Aitken
Brazil Pipo Derani
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
Cadillac V-Series.RHYPERCAR
1823United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Josh Pierson
Oreca 07LMP2
1935United Kingdom Olli Caldwell
Brazil Andre Negrao
Mexico Memo Rojas
Oreca 07LMP2
2045Australia James Allen
United States Colin Braun
United States George Kurtz
Oreca 07LMP220 Laps
2122Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United Kingdom Philip Hanson
United Kingdom Frederick Lubin
Oreca 07LMP2
226France Kevin Estre
Germany Andre Lotterer
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 963HYPERCAR
2337Switzerland Alexandre Coigny
Denmark Malthe Jakobsen
France Nicolas Lapierre
Oreca 07LMP2
2428Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
Denmark Oliver Rasmussen
Oreca 07LMP2
2565Netherlands Tijmen van der Helm
Venezuela Manuel Maldonado
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
Oreca 07LMP226 Laps
2633Netherlands Nick Catsburg
United States Ben Keating
Nicolas Varrone
Chevrolet Corvette C8.RLMGTE AM
2794France Loic Duval
United States Gustavo Menezes
Switzerland Nico Müller
Peugeot 9X8HYPERCAR
2825United Kingdom Ahmad Al Harthy
United States Michael Dinan
Ireland Charles Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE AM30 Laps
2986United Kingdom Benjamin Barker
Italy Riccardo Pera
United Kingdom Michael Wainwright
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM30 Laps
3085Belgium Sarah Bovy
Switzerland Rahel Frey
Denmark Michelle Gatting
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM30 Laps
3154Italy Francesco Castellacci
Switzerland Thomas Flohr
Italy Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM30 Laps
3243Belgium Maxime Martin
Belgium Tom Van Rompuy
Belgium Ugo de Wilde
Oreca 07LMP2
3398United Kingdom Ian James
Italy Daniel Mancinelli
Spain Alex Riberas
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE AM
349United States Juan Manuel Correa
Romania Filip Ugran
Netherlands Bent Viscaal
Oreca 07LMP232 Laps
3556Italy Matteo Cairoli
United States PJ Hyett
United States Gunnar Jeannette
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM
36100Indonesia Andrew Haryanto
United States Chandler Hull
United States Jeff Segal
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM
3739Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Italy Roberto Lacorte
France Patrick Pilet
Oreca 07LMP2
3874Japan Kei Cozzolino
Japan Yorikatsu Tsujiko
Japan Naoki Yokomizo
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM39 Laps
3924United Kingdom Jenson Button
United States Jimmie Johnson
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1INNOVATIVE CAR
4038Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
United Kingdom Will Stevens
China Ye Yifei
Porsche 963HYPERCAR
4157United States Scott Huffaker
Japan Takeshi Kimura
Brazil Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM
42911Germany Michael Fassbender
Austria Richard Lietz
Estonia Martin Rump
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM
4380United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat
France Norman Nato
France François Perrodo
Oreca 07LMP2
4488Germany Jonas Ried
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Don Yount
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM
454France Tom Dillmann
Argentina Esteban Guerrieri
France Tristan Vautier
Vanwall Vandervell 680HYPERCAR
46777Japan Tomonobu Fujii
Japan Satoshi Hoshino
United Kingdom Casper Stevenson
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE AM
4747France Reshad de Gerus
Russian Federation Vlad Lomko
France Simon Pagenaud
Oreca 07LMP2
4877France Julien Andlauer
Germany Christian Ried
Mikkel Pedersen
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM
4932Denmark Anders Fjordbach
United States Mark Kvamme
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Oreca 07LMP2
5063Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
France Doriane Pin
Oreca 07LMP2
517United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota GR010 – HybridHYPERCAR
5266France Thomas Neubauer
Italy Giacomo Petrobelli
Louis Prette
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM
53923United Kingdom Tom Gamble
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Turkey Salih Yoluc
Oreca 07LMP2
5475France Mathieu Jaminet
Brazil Felipe Nasr
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 963HYPERCAR
5572France Valentin Hasse-Clot
Arnold Robin
Maxime Robin
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE AM
5683Argentina Luis Perez Companc
Italy Alessio Rovera
France Lilou Wadoux
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM
5716United States Ryan Hardwick
Belgium Jan Heylen
Canada Zacharie Robichon
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM
5860Italy Matteo Cressoni
Belgium Alessio Picariello
Italy Claudio Schiavoni
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE AM
5955Denmark Gustav Birch
Denmark Jens Reno Moller
Denmark Marco Sorensen
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE AM
6021France Simon Mann
Belgium Ulysse De Pauw
France Julien Piguet
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM
6113Germany René Rast
United States Ricky Taylor
United States Steven Thomas
Oreca 07LMP2
6214Switzerland Mathias Beche
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
United States Rodrigo Sales
Oreca 07LMP2
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Congratulations Paul Charsley and congratulations Ferrari, well done both!