The Le Mans 24-Hours anniversary race, marred by the tragic death of Allan Simonsen, was a huge popular success with record audiences. The first analyses speak for themselves and this event will remain in the annals for a long time. Here are the main figures.
Spectators at the circuit
- 245,000 spectators at the circuit, 5,000 more than in 2012
- 24,000 spectators on the first day of practice (Wednesday 19th June), 47,000 the second day (Thursday 20th June)
- 23,000 spectators at the test day (Sunday 9th June)
- 15,000 spectators at the Earth, Wind & Fire experience’s concert featuring Al McKay on Saturday 22nd June.
- 1,405 journalists from 42 different countries (written press/radio/photographers/new media) accredited (1,345 in 2012).
- They represented 652 different media.
- 1,178 television personnel, including 430 for televised production, compared to 914 in 2012.
- 30 international television networks bought the rights to show the 2013 race (23 in 2012).
- They covered 190 countries (same as in 2012).
- They enabled 707.3 million viewers to follow it (579.75 million in 2012).
- 126 TV commentary teams from all over the world were at Le Mans (85 in 2012).
Records for the race TV broadcasters
- Eurosport: new record audience with 24.4 million TV viewers over the coverage as a whole (17.7 million during the race) on the Eurosport and Eurosport 2 channels throughout Europe for a total of 44 hours broadcasting.
- France Television: a big increase. Sunday 23rd June, France 3 doubled its audience compared to 2012 with a peak of 2.3 million at the finish (16,7 % of the PdA). On all the broadcasts during the Le Mans 24 Hours France 2 and France 3 attracted an average of 1.3 million TV viewers (11.1% of the PdA), a significant increase compared to 2012. (the global audience figures will be announced at a later date).
- 5,743,822 connections (3,200,000 in 2012).
- A peak of 111,570 simultaneous connections at 13 h 00 on Sunday 23rd June (new DailyMotion record, the previous ones were the recent election of the new Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and David Beckham’s Parisian press conference)!
- 531,580 connections came from mobile equipment (tablets, Smartphones, including 11,000 simultaneously).
- WebTV spectators connected from 70 countries. After the French, the Japanese and the Americans had the most connections, and the 70th country on the list was Uruguay with 1 032 webspectators.
- 149,453 fans on the Le Mans 24-Hours Facebook. (90,000 in 2012)
- 13,700,000 impressions of Facebook contents either on the ACO wall or the fans wall.
- 370,000 : Number of tweets on the race (132,000 in 2012)
- 147,500 clicks.
- 55,550 subscribers on the French and English Twitter accounts #LM24. (25,000 in 2012)
- 627 messages sent by the ACO to its followers during the week of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
- The internet sites 24h-lemans.com, lemans.org and lemans-tv.com (outside Web TV) received 2,353,000 visits during the Le Mans 24-Hours weekend (1,456,000 in 2012) .
- 562,817 connections from mobile equipment (tablets and Smartphones) compared to 164,910 in 2012.
On the radio
- The Radio France Group, partner of the event mobilized more than 60 people to cover the race from the circuit.
- 30 hours live were broadcast over the race weekend including nine devoted to the night of the event (from 21 h 00 to 6 h 00) put out on the 43 stations France Bleu in France.
- France Bleu Maine broadcast over 100 reports devoted to the race and France Bleu National fifteen.
- 30 live reports and 40 flashes were broadcast by France before, during and after the race.