Le Mans 24 Hours 2018: Start time, TV channel, live stream, date and participating teams

Le Mans is back as drivers from around the world head to the world famous French circuit for the legendary endurance race.

Last year's 24 hour race was won by the Porsche team, consisting of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber.

 The stage is set for Le Mans 24 hours

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The stage is set for Le Mans 24 hours

When is Le Mans 24 Hours 2018?

The Le Mans 24 hours race will commence on Saturday, June 16 at 2pm UK time, or 3pm local time.

It will finish at the same time on Sunday, June 17.

What TV channel is Le Mans 24 Hours on and can I live stream it?

Every second of the race will be live on British Eurosport 1.

Coverage will begin at 12pm on Saturday and run until 2.35pm on Sunday.

You can live stream the match on the Eurosport player, which is available for £6.99 per month.

But you can also get a seven-day free trial.

How does Le Mans 24 Hours work?

Three drivers will race for each team with 70 per cent of the race needing to be completed for teams to earn a classification.

British BMW M8 GTE driver Alexander Sims told The Sun: "I’m expecting to drive for around eight hours, consume 8,000 calories and sleep for about 30-60 minutes, if I’m lucky!"

Four different classes of car compete – LMP1, LMP2, LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am.

The LMP cars are typically faster than the LM GTE cars and LMP1 teams are allowed to run only professional drivers while LMP2 teams must contain amateur racers.

Participating teams

Excitement is building for this year's Le Mans as F1 legend Fernando Alonso races for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.

He is looking to win the second leg of motorsport's Triple Crown (consisting of the F1 world championship, Le Mans and the Indy 500) which has only previously been achieved by Graham Hill.

The full list of participating teams is as follows:

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Le Mans is back as drivers from around the world head to the world famous French circuit for the legendary endurance race.