The race is organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe, which contains a mix of public roads and a specialist racing circuit.

The race is held in June every year. The race begins in afternoon and finishes the next day, at the same hour the race started. Over the 24 hours, cars cover distances well over 5,000 km.

Here are few fascinating facts about Le Mans 24 Hours.

1. Dane Tom Kristensen was a late replacement for an injured driver. In 1997, he scored the first of his record nine wins.

2. The city of Le Mans has hosted the French Grand Prix on four occasions in 1906, 1921, 1929 and 1967.

3. 251 mph – fastest speed achieved on the Mulsanne Straight by Roger Dorchy’s WM-Peugeot in 1988.

4. 3, 362 miles or 5,140 Kms – the longest distance covered by a winning car, Audi R15 TDI. It happened in 2010 and drivers were Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard and Mike Rockenfeller.

5. Thirty one different British drivers have won the race since 1923.

6. Le Mans was originally planned as a three-year event whereby competitors had to exceed set distances in three annual 24-hour races. The winner did so by the greatest percentage.

7. Up to and including 1962, cars lined up for the start in order of engine capacity, largest first.

8. There are about 50 cars that compete in four different categories.

9. Three drivers are required to drive each car over the 24-hour period and no driver is allowed to drive for more than four hours at a stretch in a six-hour time window.

10. The total amount of time that one driver can drive for is 14 hours.

11. This race features several renowned car manufacturers like Audi, Ferrari, Peugeot, BMW, Lotus and Aston Martin.

12. Tom Kristensen of Denmark is the most successful driver. He has won the race a record 7 times.

13. Joest Racing from Germany is the most successful team founded in 1978. It has won the race 11 times.

14. Porsche is the most successful manufacturer as it has produced 16 Le Mans winning cars.

15. Thirty international television networks bought the rights to show the 2013 race.

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