Ford Mustang GT3s Finish Third and Fourth in 24 Hours of Le Mans Debut

The Ford Mustang GT3 came in third place as well as having all three cars finish the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans in France over the weekend (June 15-16).
Mustang GT3 drivers Dennis Olsen, Giorgio Roda, and Mikkel O. Pedersen share the Le Mans podium with Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. // Photo courtesy of Ford Performance

The Ford Mustang GT3 came in third place as well as having all three cars finish the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans in France over the weekend (June 15-16).

In the toughest endurance sports car race in the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar, the Mustang GT3 took on the challenge and delivered in some of the toughest conditions in recent memory at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe.

All three Mustang GT3’s finished the race with the No. 88 of Dennis Olsen, Giorgio Roda, and Mikkel O. Pedersen crossing the finish line third in the LMGT3 category. The No. 44 driven by Christopher Mies, John Hartshorne, and Ben Tuck finished in fourth place.

“Today’s podium performance shows that Mustang can come and compete on the global stage against the best sports cars in the world,” says Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “It is such a fantastic feeling to be able to do it in the first outing for Mustang at Le Mans.

“It’s a great testament to our company, our employees, and all our fans who are celebrating Mustang’s 60th anniversary this year and all the great partners we have with Proton Competition, M-Sport, and Multimatic Motorsports. We’re racing and winning all around the world, but to have a podium here at Le Mans is such a special moment.”

Proton Competition Team Principal Christian Ried says, “It’s always great to be on the podium and especially at Le Mans. But also, in the first year of a new car, and in the 60th anniversary of Mustang, there are just so many things that came together to make today possible. It’s unbelievable.

“We saw that this was a good car at its debut in Daytona, and we’ve since taken all the steps in order to make this work in its first season. From Daytona, Sebring, and Long Beach, to Qatar, Imola, and Spa, we felt like we could bring a car here after those six months that could fight for the win. To finish on the podium in third is amazing. I’m proud of everyone.”

The No. 88 endured early challenges but showed resiliency throughout the race. Olsen climbed 13 places in the first hour of action to fourth place. From there, the team consistently competed within the class’s top-10, capitalizing on a pit strategy that helped to propel the Mustang GT3 into the top-five throughout the race.

A steady pace around Circuit de la Sarthe’s 13.626 km (8.467-mile) circuit eventually delivered a place on the podium.

While the No. 77 of Ryan Hardwick, Ben Barker, and Zacharie Robichon experienced early challenges on the track during the race, their Mustang GT3 also shared in the overall team success. Barker recorded the fastest qualifying lap on Thursday, advancing to the Hyperpole. This marked the first Hyperpole by Mustang GT3 after four rounds of WEC racing so far in 2024.

Other Detroit representation at Le Mans came from General Motors Co’s Cadillac brand, which had three cars competing in the premiere Hypercar Class for the second consecutive year.

Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, and IndyCar driver Alex Palou drove their Ganassi Racing V-Series.R Cadillac to a seventh-place finish.

Whelan Cadillac Racing’s Pipo Derani, Jack Aitken, and Felipe Drugovich came home in 29th position.

Ganassi Racing’s second entry, piloted by Sebastian Bourdais, Renger van der Zande, and IndyCar driver Scott Dixon, did not finish.

The overall winner at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans was Ferrari, which won overall for the second year in succession and eleventh in total, with the Ferrari 499P Hypercar shared by Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina, and Nicklas Nielsen. The team beat the Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Kamui Kobayashi, José María López, and Nyck de Vries by 14 seconds.