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Ferrari wins 24 Hours of Le Mans for the First Time in Nearly 60 Years

Almost sixty years after its last victory at La Sarthe, Ferrari is back on the top step of the podium.

By Lifestyle Editor

Ferrari has won the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans as it returned to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time in 50 years as a factory prototype outfit. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 499P driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi took the Italian manufacturer’s tenth overall victory at Le Mans after a drama-filled 24 hours.

The Ferrari 499Ps held off the strong challenge of five-time champions Toyota and fellow newcomers Cadillac and Peugeot to win by three minutes. The AF Corse-entered squad also had numerous safety cars and heavy rain showers to contend with, but put together the cleanest race of all the Hypercar entries to take the win at the centenary Le Mans.

The 2023 Le Mans victory marks Ferrari’s tenth overall success in the French endurance classic, and the first since Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt’s win in 1965.

“This has been an unforgettable day that I’d like to dedicate to everyone at Ferrari,” added Chairman of Ferrari John Elkan. “After 50 years we have returned to compete in the highest category of endurance racing that has a place at the very heart of our story and that of all motorsport.”

“It’s an amazing feeling to win this race. The team did an amazing job. The track was amazing, honestly. It feels so special to drive: the balance, the performance, the engine, the way it works were superb.”

James Calado, Ferrari Le Mans Driver

Picture (c) Ferrari & Getty Images

The overall result brings to an end five years of Toyota domination at Le Mans, and while the team can be proud of its efforts it will no doubt be quietly furious about the Balance of Performance changes that pegged back its pace just a week and a half before the race.

That’s a debate for another day though. Time to reflect on Ferrari’s long-overdue win at Le Mans. Congratulations Ferrari! Forza Ferrari!

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