24 Hours of Le Mans 2022: nearly 250,000 people witnessed Toyota's victory!

While waiting for a 2023 edition which promises to be crazy, the public was present in droves at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022.

End clap for the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans! And if the victory of the Toyota Hypercars is not a very big surprise, it is a large crowd who moved to the Sarthe. The ACO, which is organizing the event, reportsjust over 244,000 spectators. A good figure, especially two years marked by the Covid.

Indeed, in 2020, the event was held behind closed doors. In 2021, a strict gauge of 50,000 spectators had been put in place. In short, it is with pleasure and impatience that fans from all over the world found themselves in Le Mans. Spectators who were able, this is a novelty, walk the entire track 13.626 km long!

Domination Toyota, disaster at Alpine

The dominance of the Toyotas was never in doubt, except in qualifying on Thursday, where Alpine was able to get very close to the two hybrid Hypercars. But a BoP (balance of performance) adjustment on the French prototype, then a disastrous race made up of mechanical breakdowns and road trips will have got the better of the hopes of the Blues.

Behind, the American independents of Glickenhaus were not unworthy, but could not do anything against Toyota, which signs here its fifth consecutive success in the Sarthe. In LMP2Jota #38 (Da Costa, Gonzales, Stevens) wins the category. Sebastien Ogier finished 13th overall.

It was finally in GTE Pro that these 24 Hours of Le Mans were the most turbulent. Both Corvette, the favorites and the fastest, gave up in quick succession, one in the night and the other in the morning. The #92 Porsche, very well placed to take over, suffered a spectacular puncture which pushed it back to the back of the standings. It’s finally the Porsche #91 that wins the race, and won at pace against the #29 Ferrari. Victory in GTE Am for theAston Martin #33 by TF Sports. The actor Michael Fassbender finished 51st in the general classification for his first participation.

24 Hours of Le Mans 2022: the general classification

Discover the podium for each category of this 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans:

Category Ranking Crew No. Pilot Car
HYPERCAR 1 Toyota Gazoo Racing 8 S. BUEMI / B. HARTLEY / R. HIRAKAWA Toyota GR010 HYBRID
2 Toyota Gazoo Racing 7 M. CONWAY / K. KOBAYASHI / J. LOPEZ Toyota GR010 HYBRID
3 Glickenhaus Racing 709 R. BRISCOE / R. WESTBROOK / F. MAILLEUX Glickenhaus 007 LMH
LMP2 1 JOTA 38 R. GONZALEZ / A. DA COSTA / W. STEVENS Oreca 07 – Gibson
2 Prema Orlen Team 9 R. KUBICA / L. DELETRAZ / L. COLOMBO Oreca 07 – Gibson
3 JOTA 28 O. RASMUSSEN / E. JONES / J. ABERDEIN Oreca 07 – Gibson
GTE-Pro 1 Porsche GT Team 91 G. BRUNI / R. LIETZ / F. MAKOWIECKI Porsche 911 RSR – 19
2 AF Corsica 51 A. PIER GUIDI / J. CALADO / D. SERRA Ferrari 488 GTE Evo
3 AF Corsica 52 M. MOLINA / A. FUOCO / D. RIGON Ferrari 488 GTE Evo
GTE Am 1 TF Sports 33 B. KEATING / H. CHAVES / M. SØRENSEN Aston Martin VANTAGE AMR
2 WeatherTech Racing 79 C. MACNEIL / J. ANDLAUER / T. MERRILL Porsche 911 RSR – 19
3 Northwest AMR 98 P. DALLA LANA / D. PITTARD / N. THIIM Aston Martin VANTAGE AMR

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