“In collaboration with the ACO E.T.A.I enables you to relive the 2014 Le Mans-24 Hours in the 264 pages of this not-to-be-missed yearbook written by Jean-Marc Teissedre and Christian Moity illustrated by more than 600 photos.
The official Le Mans 24 Hours yearbook has been published every year since 1978, and it gives readers the opportunity to immerse themselves once again in the greatest endurance race in the world.
2014 will always be remembered as Year 1 of the major challenge launched by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to the car manufacturers: use 30-per-cent less fuel while going as quickly as in 2013 without reducing the intensity of the battle. In addition to Audi and Toyota, this challenge was taken up by Porsche as the German manufacturer returned to the blue riband category in the 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours.
In the early stages of the race the two Toyotas dominated the Audis, the reigning winners, an unexpected turn of events given the number of victories racked up by the Ingolstadt make in previous years.
After a series of incidents and accidents the no. 8 Toyota dropped down the time sheets and then fought its way back up to third place. In the meantime the no. 7 TS040 dominated the race in front of the no. 2 Audi and the no. 20 Porsche. The Japanese car retired around 05h00 on Sunday morning after leading for almost 14 hours.
After a suspense-packed 24 hours victory went to the no. 2 Audi driven by Benoît Tréluyer, André Lotterer and Marcel Fässler. It was the German manufacturer’s fifth win on the bounce and the third by the trio.
Into second place came the no. 1 Audi of Tom Kristensen, Lucas Di Grassi and Marc Gené in front of the no. 8 Toyota in the hands of Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson. It was another historic double for the make with the four rings emblem. Victory went to Ferrari in the hotly-disputed LM GTE Pro category and in LM P2 the Jota Racing Zytek-Nissan emerged on top, while Aston Martin triumphed in LM GTE Am.
The official yearbook of the Le Mans 24 Hours 2014 tells the story in detail of all the stages of the race. It presents each car and its drivers and describes the unfolding of an event that’s unique in the world starting with scrutineering followed by official practice and the Drivers’ parade. It underlines the main incidents in each hour of the race before the explosion of joy of the drivers taking the chequered flag.
This richly-detailed book also has a chapter of technical analysis with tables and detailed statistics aimed at the most enthusiastic fans.”