Toyota win third consecutive Le Mans after mid-race drama
A third win for the #8 Toyota was somewhat inherited after sister #7 car suffered a turbo failure whilst leading
For the third year in a row the crew of the #8 Toyota celebrate victory at the Le Mans 24h after Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon lead from the mid-way mark.
The #7 TS050 of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez had lead the race up until the race struck 12 hours to go when a turbo failure saw them in pitlane for repairs, and multiple laps off the podium.
A race-long battle between the two Rebellion cars ended in the #1 claiming second place with just over an hour to go.
Aston Martin claimed victories in both GTE classes with the #97 of Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin and Harry Tincknell taking honours in Pro and the #90 TF Sport Vantage of Johnny Adam, Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yoluc taking the teams first ever victory at Le Mans.
A thrilling battle between Aston Martin and Ferrari in the Pro class would last the entirety of the race, with a number of cars exchanging the lead through the pit cycle.
A lucky escape from pitlane during a late-race safety car put the #97, which had opted to not change brakes across the 24 hours, in position to win.
An adrenaline-filled LMP2 battle would see multiple cars lead in the opening eight hours, before the #22 United Autosport Oreca of Paul Di Resta, Phil Hanson and Felipe Aberqueque took to the front.
Incredibly high pace would see a number of competitors suffer mechanical issues or spend lengthy stints in pitlane with the podium battle coming down to the final few minutes.
The #38 JOTA was the closest challenger, and after coming within five seconds of the race lead with six minutes to go, the team were forced to settle for second after a splash of fuel with 120 seconds left on the timer.