The support races for the 24 Hours of Le Mans take place on the iconic 13.626-kilometre circuit.
Created in 2016, Road to Le Mans – the flagship race of the Michelin Le Mans Cup season – is reserved for cars answering to the FIA GT3 and LMP3 regulations. It symbolizes the ACO's effort to establish benchmark events to help drivers build their careers. This year, Road to Le Mans is the third of six rounds on the calendar.
GT3 cars hitting the track for the race will include Aston Martin Vantage GT3s, Audi R8 LMSs, Ferrari 488 GT3s, Porsche 911 GT3 Rs and Mercedes AMG GT3s. The LMP3 class will boast Ligiers, Duqueines and Adesses.
The round is comprised of two 55-minute races: the first on Friday and the second in front of thousands of spectators only a few hours before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Last year, Nielsen Racing and Mühlner Motorsport claimed the top step on the podium in their respective classes.
For the first time in its history, the Le Mans circuit will host the Ligier European Series. Launched in 2020, this one-make series includes the futuristic looking Ligier JSP4 prototype and the Ligier JS2 R, a small GT designed exclusively for the race.
The round at Le Mans is the third of six races on the 2022 calendar. Each one includes two 40-minute free practices, two 15-minute qualifying sessions and two one-hour races. Drivers have the opportunity to enjoy gaining a considerable amount of experience.
This championship newly created by the Porsche Club Motorsport France is designed to provide gentlemen drivers with high-caliber racing experience. It constitutes the base of the Porsche Motorsport pyramid in France, below but just as important as the Porsche Carrera Cup France. The core values of the Porsche Sprint Challenge France are equal opportunity, fairness and passion for Porsche. It focuses on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup types 911 and 997 and the Porsche 911 GT3 R models, and offers stunning battles and excellent performances.
In 2021, female driver Lilou Wadoux won at the Le Mans circuit. This year, she is set to take the wheel of the #1 ORECA 07-Gibson entered by Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 class.