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WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Leading Toyota stops on track in last lap, Porsche wins

Photo: Adrenal Media-Gabi Tomescu

With 10 hr left in the race the track still in complete darkness, the #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi) led overall. The #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan (Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi led LMP2, the #82 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488 (Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander, Matteo Malucelli) GTE Pro, and the #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia (Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal) GTE Am.

These standings remained unchanged with 6:30 to go. Mueller, running second in GTE Pro in the #68 Ford, just 12.586 sec behind the #82 Ferrari, received a drive through penalty with at the 6:24 mark for leaving his engine running during refueling. Neel Jani moved to the lead in the #2 Porsche with 6:20 left as the Toyotas pitted. The Porsche came in a couple of minutes later and Marc Lieb took over, now once again chasing the Toyotas, Sebastian Buemi (#5) leading Conway.

With 18 hr completed, the #5 Toyota led the #6 by 31.690 sec and the #2 Porsche by 49.422. The #36 Signatech Alpine had one lap on the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05-Nissan. The #82 Ferrari continued to lead GTE Pro, with the #68 Ford running second. The #62 Ferrari ran out front in GTE Am.

Mueller had closed the gap to the lead Ferrari back down to 27 sec with 5:40 left.

The Ford eventually caught and passed the #82. The Ferrari was called in for a mandatory repair with 9 min left in the race while still running second.

The leading Toyota reported having no power at 6 min to go and just a 69-sec lead on Neel Jani in the #2 Porsche. The Toyota continued to circulate, but at a substantially slower pace. It stopped on track with 3 min 20 sec left and Jani passed for the lead and the win. It was Dumas second overall victory and the first each for Jani and Lieb.

Signatech took LMP2, Ford GTE Pro, and Scuderia Corsa GTE Am.

The #82 Ferrari did not make its stop before race-end and its podium finish was under review.

 

LMP1:

1. #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid; Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Swizterland), Marc Lieb (Germany)

2. #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (+3 laps); Stephane Sarrazin (France), Mike Conway (Great Britain), Kamui Kobayashi (Japan).

3. #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 (+12 laps); Lucas di Grassi (Brazil), Loic Duval (France), Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain)

4. #7 Audi (+17 laps); Marcel Fassler (Swizterland), Andre Lotterer (Germany), Benoit Treluyer (France)

 

LMP2:

1. #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan; Gustavo Menezes (USA), Nicolas Lapierre (France), Stephane Richelmi (Monaco)

2. #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05-Nissan (+2:40.640); Roman Rusinov (Russia), Nathanael Berthon (France), Rene Rast (Germany)

3. #37 SMP Racing BR01-Nissan (+4 laps); Vitaly Petrov (Russia), Viktor Shaytar (Russia), Kirill Ladygin (Russia)

4. #42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S-Nissan (+6 laps); Nick Leventis (Great Britain), Danny Watts (Great Britain), Jonny Kane (Great Britain)

GTE Pro:

1. #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA GT; Joey Hand (USA), Dirk Mueller (Germany), Sebastien Bourdais (France)

2. #82 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488 (+1:00.200); Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy), Toni Vilander (Finland), Matteo Malucelli (Italy)

3. #69 Ford GT Team USA (+1:24.794); Ryan Briscoe (Australia), Richard Westbrook (Great Britain), Scott Dixon (New Zealand)

4. #66 Ford GT Team UK (+1 lap); Olivier Pla (France), Stefan Mucke (Germany), Billy Johnson (USA)

 

GTE Am:

1. #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia; Bill Sweedler (USA), Townsend Bell (USA), Jeff Segal (USA)

2. #83 AF Corse Ferrari (+2:54.897); Francois Perrodo (France), Emmanuel Collard (France), Rui Aguas (Portugal)

3. #88 Abu Dhabi –Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (+1 lap); Khaled al-Qubaisi (UAE), David Heinemeier-Hansson (Denmark), Patrick Long (USA)

 

 

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