The support races for the 24 Hours of Le Mans take place on the iconic 13.626-kilometre circuit.
ROAD TO LE MANS
Introduced by the ACO in 2016, Road to Le Mans paves the way to the world’s greatest endurance race, providing drivers and teams with precious experience as they work their way through the feeder series. This year, Road to Le Mans is the fourth of six rounds in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. The Le Mans round is different to the others: Two 55-minute races or 13 laps for the field composed of LMP3 and GT3. The races take place on the Friday and Saturday just before the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Thomas Laurent, now a well-known WEC driver, won the first edition in 2016.
PORSCHE CARRERA CUP
This year being the anniversary of Porsche’s first triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was only natural for Le Mans to host a round of the Porsche Carrera Cup. It will be the third round, following Magny-Cours and, like Road to Le Mans, will be run on the full circuit. Recent winners of the Porsche Carrera Cup France include Julien Andlauer (2017) Mathieu Jaminet (2016), Kévin Estre (2011), Frédéric Makowiecki (2010) et Patrick Pilet (2007).All are regular participants at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Estre and Andlauer are class winners. This single-make series has been running since in 1987 and has seen such emblematic models as the Porsche 944 Turbo, the successive generations of the Porsche 911 (types 964, 993, 996, 997 and now the phase 2 991). There are three categories for drivers: Pro, Pro-Am, and the new Am.