Third consecutive victory for the German firm, at the end of a race marked by a disaster in the LMP1. Alpine and Ford have not been able to retain their title at le Mans in the category LMP2 and GTE Pro.
Toyota, the cursed of le Mans ? This year, all the lights were green. The japanese had won the pole position with the TS050 Hybrid n°7 and had marked the spirits by signing a time record on the circuit (3:14.791). But the race was again turned into a nightmare for the manufacturer. All the hopes have vanished in a few hours during the night.
At 22h47, the car n°8 was first forced to stop two hours because of concerns about the hybrid system, removing for her, all chances of victory. And then to 1h08, the n°7 has dropped (problem on the clutch and the gearbox) after a slow agony on the runway, the pilot Kamui Kobayashi has done everything possible to return to stand, without success. After a few minutes, to 1: 12, the number 9 went off the runway, hit by a LMP2 for TDS Racing. Severely damaged, the car has tried to reach the pits but stopped a few hundred yards from the goal.
Porsche therefore had a boulevard before him. If the number 2 was far in the overall after mechanical problems which have cost one hour on Saturday in the early evening, the 919 Hybrid n°1 took control at 0h46 after the setbacks of the Toyota n°7. The car was travelling slowly towards victory… but gave up this Sunday morning at 11.20.
Something unthinkable, it is, therefore, a LMP2, the Oreca-Gibson n°38 of Jackie Chan DC Racing, which is found in the head of the general classification. But it was not able to resist to the comeback of the Porsche n°2, which is ironed in front of 14h. She has not left the head until the end. So, it is the 19th victory for Porsche at le Mans, at the end of a race full of twists and turns that shows the importance of the word “endurance”.
On the side of the LMP2, Alpine has not been able to retain its title at le Mans. This is a big disappointment for the firm in the Was arrow, who has seen his hopes of a podium flying away in the last hour after a track output of the n°35 (who finished 5th in the category). The LMP2 n°38 wins, in front of the Valiant-Rebellion n°13. These cars have finished 2nd and 3rd in the overall.
Evidence that at le Mans, nothing is done as long as one does not pass before the chequered flag in the GTE Pro class, the Aston Martin no. 97 has won on the wire passing in front of the Chevrolet Corvette n°63 at the beginning of the last lap ! After his triumphant return in 2016, Ford has to settle for second place in the GTE Pro this year with the GT n° 67. In GTE Am, the Ferrari 488 GTE n°84, who has won.
> All the rankings on the official website of the race.