OK, this is where it gets slightly complicated.
Giancarlo hasn't won the actual Le Mans in any category yet. He got 4th last year after the brakes went AWOL at the fastest part of the track. This year he would have won the GTE-Pro class had the electrics not malfunctioned. He still managed 2nd-in-class, but a Corvette took the 24 Hours victory.
What Giancarlo has won is the Le Mans Series
(LMS). Basically, it's the European version of ALMS. He and fellow F1 Reject Gianmaria Bruni took the LMS title (2 wins at Spa and Silverstone, 2 second places) with a round to spare at Silverstone early last month. (One day I might talk about what happened in the round left over - suffice to say Perry McCarthy is no longer the only driver who's had a race decided by a rogue tail-lift).
Giancarlo is now attempting to win championships in another series. This one is called ILMC (Intercontinental Le Mans Cup) and it's supposed to be a worldwide version of LMS and ALMS. Most of the races in it are parts of other series - apart from Spa Silverstone and Petit Le Mans, it also has Imola (in the LMS) and Sebring (in the ALMS). The 24H Le Mans is there too, along with a standalone event in Zhuhai (which is the one remaining round for this year). Giancarlo can't win the ILMC drivers' title mainly because there isn't one. However, it's now very close to AF Corse (Giancarlo's team) and Ferrari (Giancarlo's marque) securing the team and manufacturer titles respectively.
Next year the ILMC becomes the WEC (World Endurance Championship), complete with FIA seal of approval and a driver's championship.
Returning to "thoughts?", I stayed up all night to watch the Petit and it was a really good race. Though Fisico probably wasn't inclined to agree at the 40-minute stage, when he'd just been given a stop/go penalty because someone on his team broke the rules governing pit stops the first time his car wanted fuel. He came out of that 2 laps behind the GTE-Pro class leader and at that point I was somewhat dubious as to his podium prospects. Over the course of the next 5 hours he and his team-mates Gianmaria and one-time extra driver Pierre Kaffer got back into the fight for the lead. The rest of the time was a matter of trying to overcome a very tenacious BMW and, later, a particularly feisty Flying Lizard Porsche too.
Just when it was 7 laps to go and victory finally looked assured for Giancarlo, somebody decided to go to the beach (or, at least, the gravel trap). There was a Safety Car, the tenth of the 10-hour race... ...which pitted 3 laps before the end, leading to a huge scrap for the podium places. The YouTube video of it is incredible if it's still there
It was a spectacular fightback and the performance was absolute vindication for Fisico moving series, however reluctant he might have been initially. At this rate he may become a world champion, if not perhaps in the discipline he originally had in mind...
Finally, I'm glad I can now admit to having been following Fisico's progress in sportscars, and cheering him on there, since the start of last year without getting pelted with papayas!