Porsche Claims Third Successive 24 Hours Of Le Mans Win

Porsche has claimed its third successive victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans despite Toyota’s valiant attempt to make up for 2016’s last lap heartbreak.

Toyota had brought three TS050 LMP1 cars to the race this year in a bid to improve its chances of winning but its number 1 and number 2 cars were both forced to retire. The number one Porsche 919 also retired with four hours to go, opening the door to the car of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber to secure the win as one of just two LMP1 competitors to finish the endurance race.

Just one lap behind the winning Porsche was the #38 DC Racing LMP2 entrant and by securing second place overall, it became the first entry from the category to claim an overall top-three position since 2005. Taking the final step on the podium was the LMP2 car of Nelson Piquet Jr, David Heinemeier Hansson and Mathias Beche.

The sole remaining Toyota LMP1 entrant came home in a lonely 9th place.

Competition in the GT classes was much tighter with a final lap battle between the #63 Corvette C7.R of Jordan Taylor and Jonathan Adam’s #97 Aston Martin seeing the Aston claim first place after a well-fought battle.

Ferrari then claimed a one, two, three finish in the AM class.

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  • fabri99

    I was gutted for both Toyota and Corvette, missing out in the last lap. It was also pretty crazy to see an LMP2 leading the race for so long…

    • Astonman

      I know the head of racing for the Corvette Racing Team and I was going to wait to text him a congratulations but held back until the race was over – counting down the seconds and deja vu all over again! Last year Toyota and this year Corvette.

    • alexxx

      lmp2 almost won…I was rooting for Jackie Chan :-)))

      • fabri99

        Me too 😀
        I wish he had been driving though…

        • alexxx

          Uuuuu that would have been something…

  • D83

    Bad Luck Toyota.. even though they set the Lap-Breaking Record in Le-Mans circuit

    • Infinite1

      Maybe next year, Toyota

  • pclarkkent

    What is a victory worth if you only had one other serious competitor in the LMP1 class?

  • nastinupe

    Performance is nothing without reliability. Porsche excels in both.

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