Toyota, without rivals, sign a double at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, No. 8 ahead of No. 7

The scenario we had before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has come true. The Toyota GR010, already above the other Hypercars in pure performance, also took advantage of the unfavorable racing circumstances for its rivals to live a very serene 90th edition. The two Japanese prototypes spent the entire race in the top two, and if No. 7 had a fairly serious electrical problem shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday, forcing him to spend a few minutes in the pits while resetting the hybrid engine, the No. 8 has just suffered a slow puncture also in the early hours of the morning.

So it was the latter, a little more reliable than her sister, who won with Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa at the wheel, with a total of 380 laps done. This is the first success at Le Mans of the Japanese, who replaced his compatriot Kazuki Nakajima during the low season, and Toyota’s fifth consecutive victory (No. 8 in 2018, 2019, 2020 and No. 7 in 2021). . Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez finished the race two minutes behind their teammates.

For his second participation, after finishing 4th and 5th last season, Glickenhaus took third place on the podium, with No. 709 (Ryan Briscoe – Richard Westbrook – Franck Mailleux) finishing five laps behind Toyota n ° 8. The American prototype did not have the pace to worry about the GR010 but its reliability allowed it to occupy this important 3rd place. His sister, No. 708 (Olivier Pla – Romain Dumas – Luis Felipe Derani), lost more than 20 minutes at the start of the night with a turn of Pla and had to fight in the middle of the LMP2 field. , to finish. the race in 4th place, 10 laps below.

Alpine finishes 18 laps behind Toyota # 8

The last Hypercar, the Alpine No. 36 (Andre Negrao – Nicolas Lapierre – Matthieu Vaxivière) had a catastrophic edition, with mechanical problems after only four hours of racing, especially in the clutch, which made him lose seven laps and any hope of a podium, even more successful. After a close return to the top 10 overnight, Vaxivière left the track a little after 9am trying to pass a GT and Alpine had to pit to repair it. He fell beyond 30th place and finished the race in 23rd place, 18 laps behind. In the end, the discussions and controversies surrounding the BoP of the French prototype encouraged this edition more than the fight between the Hypercars on the track.

In the LMP2 category, as we expected, there were many fights, and finally it was JOTA n ° 38 (Roberto Gonzalez – Antonio Da Costa – Will Stevens) that won, ahead of Prema n ° 9 (Robert Kubica – Louis Delétraz – Lorenzo Colombo) and JOTA n ° 28 (Olivier Rasmussen – Edward Jones – Jonathan Aberdein). Sébastien Ogier, for his first participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Charles Milesi and Lilou Wadoux in the Richard Mille Racing n ° 1, took a very honorable 9th position.

Porsche wins in GTE Pro

In GTE Pro, the fight between Corvette, Porsche and Ferrari has fulfilled its promises, and the big loser is Chevrolet, which saw the withdrawal of its two cars, the # 63 with mechanical problems and the # 64 following a very accident spectacular in the Hunaudières after being hit by an LMP2. The fight finally smiled on the Porsche No. 91 (Gianmaria Bruni – Richard Lietz – Frédéric Makowiecki), which won the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari (Alessandro Pier Guidi – James Calado – Daniel Serra) and the other Ferrari, the No. ° 52 (Miguel Molina – Antonio Fuoco – Davide Rigon).

In the final category, GTE Am, the top three are Aston Martin No. 33 from TF Sport, Porsche No. 79 from Weathertech Racing and Aston Martin No. 98 from Northwest AMR.

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