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Le Mans Trivia and Fascinating Facts

  • You can tell which month the Le Mans 24H race is in just by knowing it is the weekend of 11th & 12th. June starts on a different day of the week from all of the other months and in 2011 it is the only month with a weekend of 11th & 12th.
  • Graham Hill is the only person to have won Le Mans, the F1 Championship and the Indy 500.
  • The youngest overall winner was Austrian Alex Wurz who won in 1996 at the age of 21 together with his teammates Davy Jones and Manuel Reuter in a Joest Porsche.
  • Jean Rondeau is the only constructor-driver to win Le Mans outright.
  • The earliest town twinning in Europe was between Le Mans and Paderborn in 836.
  • Le Mans is also twinned with Bolton - United Kingdom, Haouza - Western Sahara, Rostov-on-Don - Russia, Suzuka - Japan, Volos - Greece, Xianyang - China and Alexandria - Egypt
  • Mario Andretti is the only driver who competed at Le Mans in 4 decades - his first appearance in 1966 in a Ford GT, his last in the year 2000 in a Panoz sports prototype.
  • The Andretti clan was the first family to send its 3rd generation to Le Mans: Besides Mario, his son Michael and nephew John who all started previously at Le Mans, in 2010 Mario's grandson Marco was in an LMP1 Lola.
  • Four times overall winner Henri Pescarolo participated 33 times and holds the record for the most Le Mans appearances.
  • The female driver with the most Le Mans participations is French Anne-Charlotte Verney with 10 appearances between 1974 and 1983
  • Danish driver Tom Kristensen holds the record for the most overall wins as a driver - he won the race 9 times between 1997 and 2013. Next in the list is Belgian Jacky Ickx with 6 wins between 1969 and 1982.
  • The most successful manufacturer is Porsche with 16 overall victories.
  • The most successful team is Team Joest from Germany with 12 overall victories.
  • The top speed record at Le Mans is held by the French Welter Racing team, their Peugeot-powered prototype reached a recorded speed of 404 km/h (251 mph) down the Hunaudieres straight in the 1988 race.
  • A new all time distance record was set in 2010, the winning Audi R15 coverd a distance of 5410 km, the previous record of 5335 km was already 40 years old.
  • The first Japanese manufactorer to win the race was Mazda in 1991. This was also the first, and up to now only victory of a car powered by a rotary engine.
 
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