Porsche 919 Hybrid at Le Mans
We are trying our hand at some live blogging about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so keep checking back through the day and evening as we post updates on all of the action.
Update at the 4 hour mark:
At the four hour mark the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Bernhard, Hartley and Webber is in first place, just 23 seconds ahead of the fastest Toyota. The early part of the race was largely under the safety car because of heavy rain.
Timo Bernhard (35, Germany):
(9 races: overall victory 2010, overall second 2015, class victory GT 2002)
“The beginning went well for us. The rain for the start was heavier than expected and so we went for extra cut wet weather tyres. This was the right decision at the time. When the track went green after the very long safety car period, this tyre obviously wasn’t ideal and we had to soon change.”
Romain Dumas (38, France):
(15 races: overall victory 2010, 3rd place overall 2007, 5th place overall 2015, class victory GTE 2013)
“I had three good stints. Unfortunately we lost our good position early on when on rain tyres, but it is still very early in the race.”
Update at the Seven Hour Mark:
The #6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid is leading both Porsche 919 Hybrids, but they are just behind them setting up some great action tonight.
In LM GTE Pro the #68 Ford GT has taken the lead fittingly by passing Matteo Malucelli’s Ferrari.
Aston Martin is leading in LM GTE Am in the #98 car, but is fighting with the #88 Porsche 911 RSR.
Tenth hour update:
The #91 Porsche is leaking oil causing plenty of smoke and the safety car is back on the tack.
The #6 Toyota Hybrid is still the overall leader with the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid is trailing in 2nd place.
Ten and a Half Hour Update:
Yellow flags are out because the Ferrari 488 of Davide Rigon has an incedent at the car is being recorved with a slow zone enforcement.
Toyota continues to lead, but the #2 Porsche should gain the lead when the #6 Toyota pits.
In LM GTE Pro the #68 Ford GT continues to lead and in LM GTE Am the #88 Porsche has the lead.
Update at the twelve hour mark:
The three leading cars in LMP1 all pit at the same time and the #2 Porsche 919 driven by Dumos managed to take the lead by 12 seconds.
Fifteen hour update:
Both #6 Toyota is in first place followed by the #5 Toyota with the #2 Porsche in 3rd place. That was until the #5 car briefly got out of the race moving the #2 Porsche 919 up to 2nd 15 seconds behind the leader.
In LMP2 the #36 Alpine A460 – Nissan is holding on to the lead by one lap.
In GTE Pro the #82 Ferrari 488 GTE has the lead followed by the #68 and #69 Ford GTs. setting up a great fight between Ferrari and Ford.
In GTE Am the #62 Ferrari 458 has the lead over the #88 Porsche 911 RSR.
Seventeenth hour update:
After both LMP1 Toyotas went into the pit stop allowing the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid to climb into the lead.
In GTE Pro Ford and Ferrari are still battling for the class lead with Ferrari retaining the lead.
Checkered Flag update:
After a hard fought back and forth 24 hour race, the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid managed to win the legendary endurance race. This is Porsche’s second Le Mans overall victory in a row and their 18th overall win in the German performance car makers history. In the end the #6 Toyota thay had led much of the race fell back behind the 919 thanks to some body damage issues. The #5 Toyota also had a chance for victory but they stalled in the pits with 5 minutes to go pushing them out of the podium all together. Rounding out the podium was the #8 Audi R18.
In LMP2 the #36 Alpine A460 – Nissan finished first in class followed by the #26 Oreca – Nissan and then the #37 BR01 – Nissan.
Beyond the LMP1 battle between Porsche and Toyota, the GTE Pro class received a lot of attention. It was a battle between Ford and Ferrari which reminded many of their battles in the 60’s. The new Ford GT managed to retain the title of “Ferrari Killer” as the #68 Ford GT took home the class victory over the second place in class #82 Ferrari 488 GTE. Rounding out the GTE Pro class podium was the #69 Ford GT.
Things went Ferrari’s way in the GTE Am class. The Italian sports car maker finished one and two with the #62 and #83 Ferrari 458 Italias. Finishing off the podium was the #88 Porsche 911 RSR.