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Ferrari paid price for 'honesty' at Le Mans - Calado

Ferrari paid the price for being "honest" in the GTE Pro battle at Le Mans this year and had no chance of beating winning marque Porsche, believes James Calado.

Why Toyota's claims it beat Le Mans ring hollow

Toyota finally secured the prize it has coveted for decades when it won the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, but the fact it did so against feeble LMP1 opposition takes the sheen off its success, argues Jamie Klein.

BMW admits it was "taught a few lessons" by Le Mans

BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt has admitted the Bavarian marque was "taught a few lessons" on a tough Le Mans 24 Hours debut for its new M8 GTE challenger.

WEC must "wake up" after Toyota Le Mans rout – Lotterer

The FIA World Endurance Championship must “wake up” and close the gap between Toyota and the non-hybrid LMP1s after the Japanese marque’s Le Mans 24 Hours rout, says Andre Lotterer.

Porsche: Bourdais had no right to complain about Makowiecki

Sebastien Bourdais had no right to complain about Frederic Makowiecki’s driving during their fight in the Le Mans 24 Hours, according to Porsche GT boss Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

Le Mans came six months too soon for SMP - Button

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jenson Button admits that this year's Le Mans 24 Hours came "six months too early" for the SMP Racing LMP1 squad, after his race was plagued by reliability issues.

Jani: Toyota dominance made Le Mans a "procession"

Rebellion LMP1 driver Neel Jani has labelled the 2018 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours a “procession” and the most “boring” of his 10 appearances in the event.

How Alonso's class shone through at Le Mans

Fernando Alonso brought Le Mans a lot more attention, but how much of a role did he play in Toyota's triumph, and how will history remember his win given the lack of opposition? The answers might be surprising.

Gavin: Corvette will bounce back from mediocre Le Mans

Oliver Gavin, a five-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner with Corvette Racing, is convinced the team will “come back stronger in 2019” after a subdued performance at this year’s race.

G-Drive LMP2 squad stripped of Le Mans victory

The G-Drive Racing LMP2 team has been stripped of its class victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours for the use of an illegal device to speed up its pitstops.

What made the difference in Toyota's race against itself

Toyota finally won Le Mans in 2018. While it had no factory opposition in LMP1, its two cars were evenly matched for much of the 24 Hours - with one significant factor making the crucial difference.

Winning Le Mans without Audi/Porsche "a shame" - Toyota

Toyota says it was a "shame" its former World Endurance Championship LMP1 rivals Audi and Toyota were not at Le Mans for the manufacturer's first win in the 24 Hours.

Young Aussie reflects on "crazy" Le Mans success

Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell has described winning the GTE Am class on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut as "something crazy".

Tincknell on Ford vs. Porsche: “We couldn't have done any more"

Despite finishing only fourth in the 86th Le Mans 24 Hours, Harry Tincknell said he’s pleased with his and the Chip Ganassi Racing team’s performance that saw two of its cars reach the top four.

Button laments SMP reliability woes on Le Mans debut

Ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says he hopes his SMP Racing LMP1 team learns from its mistakes after failing to get either of its cars to the finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alonso feared repeat of Indy 500 heartbreak at Le Mans

Fernando Alonso says he was ‘stressed’ in the final stint of the Le Mans 24 Hours, fearing he would miss out on glory like he did in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

Rookie Alonso “exceptional” in Toyota victory, says team boss

Toyota team director Rob Leupen says double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso was “exceptional” on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in helping Toyota to finally win the race.

Kristensen: Alonso didn’t put one foot wrong on Le Mans debut

Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen believes that Fernando Alonso will go on to become World Endurance champion and return to the Indianapolis 500, now that he has “conquered” the 24-hour French sportscar classic.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota breaks curse, Alonso wins on debut

Toyota finally broke its long-standing Le Mans 24 Hours curse by claiming a dominant victory in the 86th running of the event with the #8 car shared by Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.

Bourdais furious at Makowiecki, Le Mans stewards

Ford driver Sebastien Bourdais says Porsche's Fred Makowiecki showed "very poor standards" in their late battle at the Le Mans 24 Hours and that it was "unacceptable" he escaped unpunished.

Di Resta admits he "blew it" in Le Mans crash

Paul di Resta has apologised to his United Autosports LMP2 team for crashing out of contention for a class podium finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h: Alonso's Toyota leads with four hours left

The lead Toyota of Fernando Alonso has extended his lead to over a minute in the Le Mans 24 Hours with four hours of the race remaining, as Paul di Resta suffered a big crash.

Le Mans 24h: Nakajima sends #8 Toyota into the lead

Brilliant drives by Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima sent the #8 Toyota past its sister #7 car to give Sebastien Buemi the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours at two-thirds distance.

Le Mans 24h: Alonso chases lead #7 Toyota at halfway point

The battle for overall victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours remained in the balance at the halfway point between the Toyotas, despite swinging massively towards the #7 due to a slow-zone speeding penalty for its sister car.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota still in charge as night falls

Toyota stretched its advantage over its LMP1 privateer rivals to two laps at one-third distance in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Kamui Kobayashi established a small lead in the #7 car.

Montoya beats himself up over Le Mans shunt

Racing superstar Juan Pablo Montoya quipped he “ran out of talent” when he went off and nerfed the tyrewall on his first experience of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alonso: Toyota has Le Mans “under control” despite scares

Fernando Alonso says Toyota has this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours “under control” after his opening stint, despite him suffering a puncture and a precautionary rear bodywork change for the #8 car.

Le Mans 24h: Toyotas a lap clear after four hours

Toyota kept a tight grip on the Le Mans 24 Hours at the four-hour mark, with Fernando Alonso’s #8 TS050 Hybrid enjoying a spell in the lead of the race.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota leads opening hour after wild first lap

Toyota held a commanding advantage after the first hour of the 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Sebastien Buemi leading Mike Conway.

Taylor: Ligier “has good shot” at LMP2 honours

Ligier “has a good shot” at taking Le Mans 24 Hours victory from LMP2 class favourite Oreca, according to Jackie Chan DC Racing driver Ricky Taylor.

Bamber hits out at “horrible” GTE Pro stint rules

Former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber has hit out at what he feels is a “bloody horrible” restriction on stint lengths in this year’s GTE Pro race.

LMP2s "very difficult" to pass for LMP1 privateers

Leading LMP1 privateer drivers believe passing lapped LMP2 cars will be “very difficult" in the Le Mans 24 Hours and could hinder their hopes of staying within striking distance of Toyota.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota 4s clear of privateers in warm-up

Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 Toyota on top in Saturday morning's Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up session, beating the sister car of Sebastien Buemi by a quarter of a second.

Le Mans 24h: Starting grid in pictures

Here’s how the grid lines up for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Villorba Corse chassis survives airborne Le Mans crash

The Villorba Corse LMP2 team is set to be ready to take part in Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up on Saturday after its Dallara chassis survived Giorgio Sernagiotto's airborne crash in qualifying intact.

What we've learned at Le Mans so far

How Fernando Alonso is really getting on at Toyota, the surprise contenders impressing in LMP1 and LMP2, a major GTE team in trouble and ongoing angst for Manor - here are the major pre-race storylines from Le Mans.

Button: Le Mans night laps a “shock to the system”

Ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button has described his first experience of driving at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the night as a “shock to the system”.

Gallery: BMW's history at Le Mans 24 Hours

BMW is returning to Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since 2011 after signing up for a full campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Aston Martin expects more Le Mans BoP help

Aston Martin says it expects a further change in the GTE Pro class Balance of Performance in its favour ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Is the challenge of Le Mans being diminished?

The alterations to the Porsche Curves at the Circuit de la Sarthe have been completed for the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours and many of the drivers are not happy with the changes. But have they saved the famous corners from complete destruction?

Alonso hails Nakajima for stunning Le Mans pole lap

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has hailed teammate Kazuki Nakajima for his scorching lap that gave the #8 Toyota crew pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota seals pole after Nakajima flyer

The #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso will start the Le Mans 24 Hours from pole as the Japanese manufacturer locked out the front row.

Chevy: Next-gen Corvette won’t be raced “for a while”

Corvette Racing’s program manager Doug Fehan has confirmed that 2018 is not the last year of the C7.R in competition, despite its Le Mans (and IMSA) debut coming four years ago.

Le Mans 24h: Red flag incidents mar second qualifying

Toyota remains on provisional pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours after a second qualifying session disrupted by two red flag incidents, one of which brought an early halt to proceedings.

Porsche admits Bruni's provisional pole time lucky

Porsche believes its Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro rivals are still within range after describing Gianmaria Bruni's provisional pole lap as lucky.

Toyota "cruised" in first Le Mans qualifying, say rivals

Toyota was "cruising" in first qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours and could go "a lot faster" if it wanted to, according to the marque's LMP1 privateer rivals.

Manor's early Le Mans LMP1 troubles explained

Ginetta and Manor have explained the problems that hit its pair of LMP1 privateer contenders during free practice and first qualifying for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours. predicts the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours

Ahead of the 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours,'s team of on-site experts share their thoughts on who is in with the best chance of winning the French classic's four classes.

Le Mans 24h: Nakajima grabs provisional pole for Toyota

Kazuki Nakajima took provisional pole aboard the #8 Toyota he shares with Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Buemi in Wednesday's first qualifying session for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota takes 1-2 in practice

The #7 Toyota led the way in Le Mans 24 Hours practice, with a late improvement from Sebastien Buemi in the sister #8 car securing the manufacturer a session 1-2.

BMW: New GTE BoP “difficult to understand”

BMW says it is “difficult to understand” why it was not helped in the latest GTE Pro Balance of Performance for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Manor braced for "painful" Le Mans qualifying

Manor LMP1 sporting director Graeme Lowdon admits Le Mans 24 Hours qualifying is likely to be “painful” for the British team given its lack of competitive running.

Toyota yet to show true speed, fear LMP1 privateers

The gap between Toyota and its LMP1 rivals in the Le Mans 24 Hours will be much bigger than the times from the test day suggest, fear several leading privateers.

Aston Martin handed boost in latest GTE BoP

Aston Martin has been handed a power boost in the latest Balance of Performance for the GTE Pro class in this week's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Top photos from Le Mans 24 Hours scrutineering

Gear up for the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with our extensive gallery from scrutineering, held in front of public in French countryside.

Toyota "can't afford single mistake" against privateers

Toyota LMP1 team director Rob Leupen believes the Japanese manufacturer "can't afford a single mistake" against its privateer opposition during this week's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24 Hours, team-by-team preview

Ahead of the 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, our sportscar expert Gary Watkins takes you through each of the teams racing in the French endurance classic and rates their chances.

Montoya says he has "no pressure" on Le Mans debut

Ex-Formula 1 and IndyCar ace Juan Pablo Montoya says he has "no pressure" to do well on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut next week with the United Autosports LMP2 team.

Aston Martin confident of pre-Le Mans BoP change

Aston Martin is confident of a Balance of Performance adjustment in its favour for the Le Mans 24 Hours after its new Vantage GTE proved five seconds off the pace on the official test day.

Aston Martin to build fresh Vantage after Sorensen crash

Aston Martin is working to build a new Vantage GTE for the Le Mans 24 Hours after Marco Sorensen's monster shunt during Sunday's official test day for the event.