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Whether you're interested in seeing ten former winners of the Le Mans 24 Hours return to pilot historic prototypes and GTs, or the return of an infamous Porsche 917 with a dark past, Le Mans Classic has something to interest any classic car aficionado.

Featuring a range of cars from 1923 to 1981 in its regular grids, plus special races for later Group C cars, Jaguar-only and Porsche-only events, both this Saturday and Sunday features a mixture of iconic cars and drivers alike.

Ready to get stuck in? Watch our live stream below for a rare opportunity to see almost a century of racing history return to action on the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Which famous faces are racing this weekend?

Ten past winners of the event which inspired Le Mans Classics, the 24 Hours race, are all present. Jürgen Barth, Romain Dumas, Loïc Duval, Jan Lammers, Gérard Larrousse, Klaus Ludwig, Jochen Mass, Stéphane Ortelli, Henri Pescarolo and Marko Werner are all set to take part this weekend.

Dumas especially is diving in head first to Le Mans Classic, dovetailing his appearance in a Porsche 917 by racing in several other one-hour class races throughout the weekend. French rally driver Alain Serpaggi is present in a 1978 Alpine A443, while former World Rally Championship driver Guy Fréquelin races a 1964 René Bonnet Djet and former Formula 1 team owner Willi Kauhsen drives a Porsche 917.

British touring car fans will also see a familiar face, as Sam Tordoff will race a Porsche 356 across multiple hour-long races.

What types of races are there and when will they run?

Grid 1 features cars from 1923 to 1939, populated by pre-war Alfa Romeos, Bentleys, Bugattis and the like. Grid 2 focusses on cars between 1949 and 1956, with Jaguar C and D-types mixed in with less powerful GTs like Aston Martin DB2/4s, Porsche 356As and Cooper T39s.

Grid 3 features cars from 1957 to 1961, with Ferrari 250 GTs interspersing a Lotus Elites and Lister Jaguar Knobblys among others from that era. Grid 4 is former of early 1960s cars, Ferrari 250 LMs and 275 GTs facing off against Ford GT40s with plenty of period Porsches and even MG Bs mixed in.

Cars from 1966-1971 form Grid 5, featuring Porsche 917s accompanied by later Ford GT40s, Lola T70s and plenty of Chevrons. Lastly, Grid 6 hosts nearly a decade of racing history from between 1972 and 1981, featuring a return of the much-loved Renault Alpine A443 along with plenty of Porsche 911 Carreras, BMW M1s and several Ferrari 512 BBs.

There are also dedicated races to classic Jaguars featuring E-types, Mark 1s and XK120s, a Group C & IMSA joint race plus a Porsche-only event.

Saturday

  • 9:00-10:10 – Jaguar Classic Challenge (race)
  • 10:20-11:20 – Group C Racing (race)
  • 13:02-14:17 – Porsche Classic Race Le Mans (race)
  • 15:16-15:59 – Grid 1 (race 1)
  • 16:55-17:38 – Grid 2 (race 1)
  • 18:34-19:17 – Grid 3 (race 1)
  • 19:54-20:37 – Grid 4 (race 1)
  • 21:11-21:54 – Grid 5 (race 1)
  • 22:26-23:09 – Grid 6 (race 1)

Sunday

  • 00:40-01:23 – Grid 1 (race 2)
  • 01:59-02:42 – Grid 2 (race 2)
  • 03:14-03:57 – Grid 3 (race 2)
  • 04:29-05:12 – Grid 4 (race 2)
  • 05:44-06:27 – Grid 5 (race 2)
  • 06:59-07:42 – Grid 6 (race 2)
  • 08:14-08:57 – Grid 1 (race 3)
  • 09:33-10:16 – Grid 2 (race 3)
  • 10:48-11:31 – Grid 3 (race 3)
  • 12:26-13:09 – Grid 4 (race 3)
  • 14:01-14:44 – Grid 5 (race 3)
  • 15:17-16:00 – Grid 6 (race 3)

Photos courtesy of Pierre-Yves Riom, Mathieu Bonnevie and Stéphanie Bézard

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