Published on July 2nd, 2013 | by Seán Ward0
How Many People Watched Le Mans?
Le Mans drew to a close more than a week ago, with Audi once again at the head of LMP1, and the event overshadowed by the sad death of Aston Martin racing driver Allan Simonsen in the opening laps of the race. But how many people enjoyed the spectacle?
Well, the organisers of Le Mans haven’t released their ticket sales figures yet, and SPEED, the US broadcaster of the race, hasn’t released their viewing figures either.
But Eurosport, the European broadcaster, have said that over the course of the weekend, “Eurosport has recorded its best average audience for the Le Mans 24 Hours race for five years.”
Over the course of twenty-four hours, 18 million individuals tuned in to watch the race, a 12% increase over the 2012 coverage.
For 2014, expect viewing figures to be even higher than those seen this year; not only will Audi and Toyota be fighting for the LMP1 against Porsche, returning after a 16 year Le Mans P1 absence, but the Porsche will be piloted by current Red Bull F1 driver Mark Webber, who leaves F1 at the end of the 2013 season.