In a race frought with attrition, Porsche proved to be too much for Toyota claiming their third straight Le Mans 24 hour win.
In the build up to the race, many had already written the Toyota redemption headlines in pen, however it would not be so. Reliability woes struck the Toyota trio thwarting their pursuit of a breakthrough Le Mans victory.
Drivers Timo Bernard, Earl Bamber, and Brendon Hartley piloted the No. 2 to its second straight Le Mans win for the German marque. It remains unseen whether the Le Mans win will quiet down the withdrawal rumors surrounding the Porsche LMP1 team.
In LMP2, the driving trio Ho-Pin Tung, Olivier Jarvis, and Thomas Laurent took class honors in the mighty No. 38 Jackie Chan DC racing. An overall win looked to be a real possibility for the LMP2 team after inheriting the race lead from the No. 1 Porsche. The climb back from the No. 2 Porsche in the final hours prevented the No. 38 Oreca from achieving what would have been a stunning win.
A hard fought battle in GTE PRO resulted in the No. 97 Aston Martin taking the class win. Corvette had been managing a slim lead with their No. 63 car at the hands of Jordan Taylor, however the severely degraded tires on the Corvette just could not hold up. After repeated lock ups and a few missed chicanes, the No. 63 Corvette was overtaken by the Aston Martin as the two GTE PRO cars crossed the line to start their final lap.
JMW Motorsport in their No. 84 Ferrari 488 completed the list of class winners taking the teams first Le Mans victory.
With 24 jammed pack hours of action, there is plenty to sift through. Stay tuned to LTMsport for class debriefs in the days to come.