2023 24 Hours of Le Mans Data Largest Attendance Since 2011

On April 16, 2023, the Endurance World Championship (EWC) wrapped up one other version of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The season opener didn’t disappoint both. With simply three laps separating successful staff F.C.C. TSR Honda France and runner-up YART Yamaha, the competitors couldn’t get a lot nearer.

Over the course of the 24-hour race, the France-based Honda staff clocked 791 laps. The Yamaha squad valiantly accomplished 788 journeys across the Bugatti Circuit of Le Mans, however in the end got here up quick. In all, 34 groups competed within the EWC season opener, and followers flocked to the enduring monitor to cheer on the opponents.

After tallying the full attendees, organizers reported that 77,200 spectators flooded the Le Mans grandstands over the race weekend. In 2010, the race set an outright attendance file with 92,000 spectators. Sadly, these numbers steadily declined within the following years, with 82,200 followers attending in 2011 and 66,700 popping out in 2012. Whereas this 12 months’s crowd couldn’t eclipse 2011’s sturdy displaying, ticket gross sales nonetheless outperformed 2018’s whole of 76,000 spectators.

Overcoming these pre-pandemic figures is an encouraging growth for each the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Endurance World Championship. Subsequent, the sequence will head to Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on June 16-18, 2023. The groups will then depart Europe for the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan on August 4-6, 2023. EWC will return to France for the 2023 season finale for the Bol d’Or on the Circuit Paul Ricard on September 14-17, 2023.

Hopefully, the 2023 24 Heures Motos units the stage for the remainder of the season, with the remaining races attracting ardent endurance racing followers from around the globe. Racing of all varieties suffered throughout the pandemic, and it’s heartening to see followers return to the stands.