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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

32w ago

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 late race issue for the #3 Rebellion would see the #7 take third on 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.


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Comments (10)

  • Easy to win when there is no other big manufacturers

      7 months ago
    • Easy only in the constructor vs constructor context. Le Mans is still a hard race to win, and you severely underestimate of even running here at all. Besides, the French want a piece of Toyota next year and 2022, as well as underdog newcomer...

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        7 months ago
    • I never meant that it's an easy race to complete but they've had a lot less competition then past winners

        7 months ago
  • That last hour and a half! My god that was some good entertainment!

      7 months ago
  • I'm really happy cuz there were 2 Portuguese drivers on the LMP2 podium!

      7 months ago
  • I really love that Aston Martin still won both the GTE classes. It was very obvious they would win until the last safety car came in and made everything possible again

      7 months ago
  • Toyota, in the end, faced Le Mans. It always had to face Le Mans, conquer it, push past the pain that they must feel just to keep going. Now, they nailed it, winning the swansong for LMP1-Hybrid. And come 2021 and 2022, I reckon they have what it takes to beat everyone else.

    Peugeot, Alpine and underdog team Glickenhaus will all be coming after them. If they aren't competition enough for you, I don't know what is.

      7 months ago