24h Le Mans 2019

24h Le Mans 2019

The second weekend of June, traditionally the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place. It’s already the 87th edition of the mythical automobile endurance race. On the Circuit de la Sarthe (13,6 km), 62 cars will compete in 4 classes.

Just like last year, Toyota will be the only factory teams in LMP1. The rest of the teams are private teams without the budget and support of a major car manufacturer. In LMP2 and both GT classes, there’s a lot competition! So there’s a lot to look for.

The race

Regulation changes

This year, there are some small changes to the regulations. Both changes have to do with safety cars.

Full course yellow

When an incident on track occurs, sending our safety cars (3!) is a complex procedure, so race directors try to launch this procedure only when needed. Safety cars can also impact race results. To keep the impact as low as possible, a new procedure for smaller incidents can be invoked: Full course yellow.

The procedure is similar to the “Code 60”, used in other races. When Full course yellow is started, all cars on track may not exceed the speed of 80 km/h. The main difference between Full course yellow and the classic safety cars, is the gaps between competing cars will stay more or less the same. While safety cars will group the competing cars, which impacts the gaps.

Pitlane & Safety car

When safety cars are deployed, the pitlane is closed until a safety car has passed and the car can rejoin after that safety car. If you are in the pitlane when safety cars are deployed and you’re chasing the leading car, you have a disadvantage when the pitlane gets closed while you were in it before the safety cars enter. From this year on, cars that were in the pitlane can rejoin the race.


This is only the timing involving the cars or drivers, not entertainment or scrutineering


10:30 – 10:45Official Drivers photo
17:00 – 18:30Drivers’ autograph session


16:00 – 20:00Le Mans 24 Hours Free Practice
20:30 – 21:30Road to Le Mans Free Practice 1
22:00 – 00:00Le Mans 24 Hours Qualifying 1


09:00 – 10:00Road to Le Mans Free Practice 2
10:30 – 11:15Ferrari Challenge Free Practice 1
11:55 – 12:40Ferrari Challenge Free Practice 2
13:30 – 13:50Road To Le Mans Qualifying 1
14:05 – 14:25Road To Le Mans Qualifying 2
15:30 – 16:30Ferrari Challenge Qualifying 1
17:30 – 18:30Road To Le Mans Race 1
19:00 – 21:00Le Mans 24 Hours Qualifying 2
22:00 – 00:00Le Mans 24 Hours Qualifying 3


17:30 – 19:00Drivers’ Parade


09:00 – 09:45Warm Up
10:15 – 11:00Ferrari Challenge Race
11:30 – 12:30Road to Le Mans Race 2
15:00Start of the Le Mans 24 Hours


15:00Finish of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Entry list

No. Entrant Car Driver 1 Driver 2 Driver 3
(8 entries)
1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13- Gibson Neel Jani André Lotterer Bruno Senna
3 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13- Gibson Thomas Laurent Nathanaël Berthon Gustavo Menezes
4 ByKolles Racing Team ENSO CLM P1/01- Gibson Tom Dillmann Oliver Webb Paolo Ruberti
7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid Mike Conway Kamui Kobayashi José María López
8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid Sébastien Buemi Kazuki Nakajima Fernando Alonso
10 DragonSpeed BR Engineering BR1- Gibson Ben HanleyHenrik Hedman Renger van der Zande
11 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1- AER Mikhail AleshinVitaly Petrov Stoffel Vandoorne
17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1- AER Egor Orudzhev Stéphane SarrazinSergey Sirotkin
(20 entries)
20 High Class Racing Oreca 07- Gibson Dennis Andersen Mathias BecheAnders Fjordbach
22 United Autosports Ligier JS P217- Gibson Filipe Albuquerque Philip Hanson Paul di Resta
23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217- Gibson René Binder Will StevensJulien Canal
25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca 07- Gibson John Falb Andrea PizzitolaDavid Zollinger
26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01- Gibson Roman Rusinov Job van Uitert Jean-Éric Vergne
28 TDS Racing Oreca 07- Gibson Loïc Duval François Perrodo Matthieu Vaxiviere
29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217- Gibson Frits van Eerd Giedo van der Garde Nyck de Vries
30 Duqueine Engineering Oreca 07- Gibson Romain Dumas Nico Jamin Pierre Ragues
31 DragonSpeed Oreca 07- Gibson Anthony Davidson Roberto González Pastor Maldonado
32 United Autosports Ligier JS P217- Gibson Alex Brundle Ryan Cullen Will Owen
34 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P217- Gibson Nigel Moore Léo Roussel Jakub Smiechowski
36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470- Gibson Nicolas Lapierre André Negrão Pierre Thiriet
37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07- Gibson David Heinemeier Hansson Jordan King Ricky Taylor
38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07- Gibson Gabriel Aubry Stéphane Richelmi Ho-Pin Tung
39 Graff Oreca 07- Gibson Vincent Capillaire Tristan Gommendy Jonathan Hirschi
43 RLR M Sport/Tower Events Oreca 07- Gibson John Farano Arjun Maini Norman Nato
47 Cetilar Racing Villorba Corse Dallara P217- Gibson Roberto Lacorte Giorgio Sernagiotto Andrea Belicchi
48 IDEC Sport Oreca 07- Gibson Patrice Lafargue Paul-Loup Chatin Memo Rojas
49 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P217- Gibson Henning EnqvistMiro Konôpka Konstantin Tereshchenko
50 Larbre Compétition Ligier JS P217- Gibson Erwin Creed Romano Ricci Nicholas Boulle
(17 entries)
51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo James Calado Alessandro Pier Guidi Daniel Serra
63 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Antonio García Jan Magnussen Mike Rockenfeller
64 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Marcel Fässler Oliver Gavin Tommy Milner
66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT Billy Johnson Stefan Mücke Olivier Pla
67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT Jonathan Bomarito Andy Priaulx Harry Tincknell
68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT Sébastien Bourdais Joey Hand Dirk Müller
69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT Ryan Briscoe Scott Dixon Richard Westbrook
71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Sam Bird Miguel Molina Davide Rigon
81 BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE Nick Catsburg Philipp Eng Martin Tomczyk
82 BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE Antonio Felix da Costa Augusto Farfus Jesse Krohn
89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Pipo Derani Jules Gounon Oliver Jarvis
91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Gianmaria Bruni Richard Lietz Frédéric Makowiecki
92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Michael Christensen Kevin Estre Laurens Vanthoor
93 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Earl Bamber Patrick Pilet Nick Tandy
94 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Mathieu Jaminet Sven Müller Dennis Olsen
95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR Marco Sørensen Nicki Thiim Darren Turner
97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR Alex Lynn Maxime Martin Jonathan Adam
(17 entries)
54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE Francesco Castellacci Giancarlo Fisichella Thomas Flohr
56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR Jörg Bergmeister Patrick Lindsey Egidio Perfetti
57 Car Guy Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Kei Cozzolino Takeshi Kimura Côme Ledogar
60 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Claudio Schiavoni Sergio Pianezzola Andrea Piccini
61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Luís Pérez Companc Matteo Cressoni Matt Griffin
62 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Cooper MacNeil Robert Smith Toni Vilander
70 MR Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Olivier Beretta Eddie Cheever III Motoaki Ishikawa
77 Dempsey- Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Matt Campbell Christian Ried Julien Andlauer
78 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR Vincent Abril Louis Prette Philippe Prette
83 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Rahel Frey Michelle Gatting Manuela Gostner
84 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE Rodrigo Baptista Wei Lu Jeff Segal
85 Keating Motorsports Ford GT Jeroen Bleekemolen Felipe Fraga Ben Keating
86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR Ben Barker Michael Wainwright Thomas Preining
88 Dempsey- Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Matteo Cairoli Satoshi Hoshino Gianluca Roda
90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTE Charlie Eastwood Salih Yoluç Euan Hankey
98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE Paul Dalla Lana Pedro Lamy Mathias Lauda
99 Dempsey- Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Niclas Jönsson Tracy Krohn Patrick Long

Spotter guide

A Spotter guide is an easy to use overview of all cars and as much information as possible (team, drivers, …) As you can see above with a real example explained. My guess, you should print it on A3 paper format?

Follow the race


For many years already, Eurosport is covering the 24h of Le Mans at length. I expect they will do the same this year, so once the schedule is released, you may expect an update of this post!

With the Eurosport Player you can get a week’s free trial which will take you well over the race weekend and you don’t have to miss a thing.

On the radio

Not everyone can watch TV all day. Luckily, the famous Radio Le Mans is on air almost all week. Whenever the cars are on track, Radio Le Mans is covering this!

Radio Le Mans is also pretty active on Twitter, so consider this a #followtip


This brings me seamlessly to Twitter. For sports, Twitter is great to follow an event! To follow the 24h of Le Mans, you can setup a filter on these hashtags:

During the racing weekend, it will be hard (read: impossible) to follow, so some filtering might be a good idea.

Live timing

To quickly follow the race, with the least distraction, you can keep an eye on 2 live timing website:

  • FIA WEC: The official website offers an overview of the actual standings of all cars. You can apply some filters to have a better understanding of the situation
  • 71Wytham Live Timing: This unofficial website aggregates data from multiple sources and visualizes it.

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