On 6,7 and 8 july last, we celebrated the ninth edition of Le Mans Classic race, a biennial and exceptional event for this mythical 24 h race.
Evens Stievenart, on board of the magnificent Porsche 908 LH, supported by TecSOM, won the race!
A new prowess of our polyvalent champion to celebrate Porsche' seventieth anniversary, which brought together more than 70 models, from 1952 to 1973, 356 Pre-A, 911 RSR 2.8L, including 904 Carrera GTS, 906 Carrera 6, 910 and also 914/6.
This event brought together 135000 spectators, more than 1000 pilots of 30 different nationalities and 10 ex-winners of 24 hours race. More than 700 competition cars were present on the starting line: jaguar XJR 8, 9, 11, 12 y 14, Peugeot 905, 908 HDI, Toyota 85C, GT-One, Nissan R90, Coraje C26, Rondeau M382, Spice, Tiga, ALD, Audi R8, Bentley Speed 8, Pescarolo 01 (driven by Henri Pescarolo himself), Alpine A460, Ferrari 333 SP, McLaren F1 GTR, Maserati MC12, Chrysler Viper GTS-R, Venturi, Saleen S7-R, Panoz Esperante.
A delight for the fans of Le Mans, all types combined!
It is not the first victory of our pilot, Evens Stievenart.Dazzling during the Le Mans 24 hours solo race by bicycle last august on the Bugatti circuit, Evens biked 950 km in 24 hours, the absolute record of that race, that turned him into the new champion of the world.
At the end of this all records edition, which really confirms the success of Le Mans Classic to a faithful public and numerous new fans, we all already look to 2020, the year that will see the tenth edition of the event.
An anniversary we should celebrate appropriately with TecSOM and enjoy a show moreover amazing and exciting!
Christophe Février, President of TecSOM / Les Manufactures Février: « We have mobilized one of the most beautiful and rarer Porsche of the world for the 70 years race. This exceptional car of 1968 - I was not born yet - triumphed over all its competitors of the day. So beautiful to see it being driven, fascinating! Pure nobility, evidence, fluency and bestiality simultaneously. The victory and the weekend fulfilled us with happiness. We are very proud of our great pilot Evens Stievenart. We will embark soon in a new challenge and will do everything to win it. We will compromise more means and will be even more determined. It is not easy to obtain victory but what a joy to share when it happens! Thank you all and congratulations ».
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest: « The success of this ninth edition of Le Mans Classic race is evidently a satisfaction but especially also a very big pride and an immense pleasure for us, organizers with Peter Auto.The enthusiasm of the competitors, collectors, exhibitors and especially of the very numerous spectators in front of those machines that competed the 24 hours, reveals that the discipline and the mythical race are still alive.This success confirms us in our daily mission in the ACO: continue and stimulate the history of the 24 hours race, today and in the future ».
Patrick Peter, Fundador de Peter Auto: «This ninth edition demonstrated a significant increase in its numbers of visitors. The competitors, the public and all actors involved in the event also, they all expressed their great satisfaction. We have managed to develop the event, to renew and to complete our cartel to offer innovations to the public each edition. This year, the presence of Global Resistance Legends allowed us to extend our retrospective of Le Mans 24 hours until 2016 and this way to satisfy a younger public. The visitors were able to admire closely 93 years of the major endurance race of the world history, thanks to these historical cars and fabulous pilots ».