Undoubtedly, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the biggest motorsport event and since 1923, when the race was held for the first time, many legendary stories were recorded and many records were set.
There is no driver who doesn’t think about participating in this event and winning at Le Mans is like a dream come true. Also, almost all manufacturers wanted to test themselves at Circuit de la Sarthe and nearby roads, to win the race and to secure their place in the history of motorsport.
The importance and influence of this event to the motorsport world is huge. The 24 Hours of Le Mans was an inspiration for many other classic 24-hour races at Spa-Francorchamps, Daytona, and Nurburgring. With Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500, the Le Mans 24h is also one of the Triple Crown of Motorsport events. The only driver who was able to win the Triple Crown so far is Graham Hill.
Audi celebrates win at 2014 Le Mans
To recall all legendary moments of Le Mans 24h is almost impossible, so we’ll try to list the most important numbers and to pay tribute to many drivers, manufacturers, and cars that triumphed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Le Mans 24 Hours Driver records
Drivers with most wins at Le Mans 24h (1923-2016)
Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela
Yannick Dalmas, Henri Pescarolo, Olivier Gendebien
Woolf Barnato, Luigi Chinetti, Hurley Haywood, Phil Hill, Klaus Ludwig, Al Holbert, Rinaldo Capello, Marco Werner, Allan McNish, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer
Drivers with most consecutive wins at Le Mans 24h (1923 - 2016)
Woolf Barnato, Olivier Gendebien, Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro, Marco Werner
Drivers with most starts at Le Mans 24h (1923 - 2016)
Jan Lammers, Claude Haldi, Pierre Yver, Emmanuel Collard
Yannick Dalmas scored wins with four different constructors
Apart from the records listed in the tables, there are also many other interesting records.
The youngest driver who won the race is Alexander Wurz (22 years and 91 days in 1996)