The Le Mans 24 Hours is underway at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France, but how many laps will drivers race in the 2022 running of the great race? What affects how many laps will be run?

It is one of the motorsport events known the world over – and one of the longest single sporting events on the planet: The Le Mans 24 Hours.

Drivers have been racing twice around the clock for nearly a century now with famous faces like Steve McQueen, Michael Fassbender and Patrick Dempsey among the Hollywood elite to have been lured to France.

The time of the race is set at 24 Hours – hence the name – but how many laps will drivers race in the Le Mans 24 Hours? What affects how long the race will be?

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Famous corners on long lap

The Circuit de la Sarthe is 8.5 miles long, with some of motorsport’s most famous corners.

Cars first dive down through the Dunlop Curves before a fast right flick of Tertre Rogue brings you onto the Mulsanne Straight.

These days, the Mulsanne has a couple of chicanes on it, leading to Mulsanne corner at the end.

The field then snake through Indianapolis and Arnage before arriving at the fast Porsche curves.

The lap is ended by the double Ford Chicane.

In its current configuration, the current race lap record was 3m:17.297s by Mike Conway in the LMP1 Toyota in 2019.

How many laps is the Le Mans 24 Hours?

There is no set number of laps in the Le Mans 24 Hours, with it varying from year to year.

Events such as safety car periods, weather and the leader’s pace all affect how many times the race will lap the circuit.

In 2021, the number of laps completed was 371 by the Toyota of Conway, Kamui Kobayshi and Jose Maria Lopez.

It equated to a shade over 3,100 miles completed.

The outright distance record in terms of laps at the Le Mans 24 Hours is 397 laps completed in 2010 by Audi drivers Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard, and Mike Rockenfeller.

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