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Toyota Gazoo Cruises, Glickenhaus takes the podium

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After a long and for many contenders, a cursed night and day, as the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended at 4 p.m. local time, the question became: Could Toyota, JOTA, Porsche and TF Sport do to the checkered flag without any problem? They did it, and there were no last-lap battles for the lead.

Toyota had a blessed race with only minor issues and, as expected, took a Hypercar one-two finish and a fifth straight overall win. The biggest, and perhaps the only surprise, was that the American privateer’s Glickenhaus 007s had a spectacular run, with one having to climb almost the entire LMP2 field after a suspension failure to return to fourth place.

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The fact that Glickenhaus secured a legitimate podium, four laps behind the winning Toyota, is a huge feat, the first time a US-designed and built car has done so since 1969.

Overall victory went to the #8 Toyota with Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa sharing driving duties.

“It was a big responsibility but also a great feeling to take qualifying, to take pole position and also to finish the race, I think it’s the first time I’ve done that,” said Toyota’s Hartley. Gazoo. overwhelmed with emotion when I crossed the line. During the whole race, you try not to think about the finish. We’ve all seen what can happen in the final laps, even in the last two years, four or five years ago with Toyota. So really crossing that line, all the emotions come out.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing celebrates on the victory stand on Sunday.

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Buemi was also choked up after the overall victory.

“It’s hard for me to speak right now,” Buemi said. “It’s an incredible feeling, especially with Ryō and Brendon. It’s the second with Brendon, but Ryō joined us this year, so to be able to win the first time we race together is incredible. He did an incredible job and I ‘I want to congratulate him for the work he has done.

“Obviously the team, our crew also did a fantastic job. And we also did the job in the car, we didn’t make any mistakes, we didn’t damage the car, so it’s a feeling. amazing and it’s going to take a little while until it sinks in, you know. It’s hard to realize what we achieved today.

Hirakawa becomes the fifth Japanese driver to win the 24 Hours.

“Joining this legend, to be honest, I still can’t believe we’ve achieved my dream,” Hirakawa said. “Yes, my dream has come true. I hope there are more to come to catch up with these legends.”

Le Mans 24 hour test day

Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez and JOTA No. 38 Will Stevens finished first in LMP2.

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Jota’s #38 car dominated LMP2 towards the end and took a deserved class win and fifth place overall ahead of the #9 car Prema Orlen and Jota’s #28 team-mate in third. The #5 Penske car, entered largely to gain Le Mans experience, often raced in the top three and eventually settled for a top-10 position. Josh Pierson, the 16-year-old who hopes to become the youngest driver in Le Mans history, finished sixth in class with United Autosports number 23.

Le Mans 24 hour test day

The #91 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR-19 of Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki dominated the LMGTE Pro field.

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In LM GTE Pro, the two Corvettes qualified first and led the first quarter until a mechanical disaster occurred. In the end, Porsche and two Ferraris will take the podium, with the #91 Porsche on the top step. The Corvettes would finish last and second to last in the class. In fifth was the American Bee Safe Ferrari entry, led by veteran Bill Riley.

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The #33 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves and Marco Sorensen has won the LMGTE Am.

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TF Sport’s #33, with fellow American driver Ben Keating in an Aston Martin, won the LM GTE Am title with consistent performance and excellent pit strategy. Second was the #79 American WeatherTech Porsche run by Cooper MacNeil, which led much of the class race. Both finished in the same lap.

It was a relatively uneventful race, with the obligatory but not so serious crashes, commendable considering there were 50 rookies in the field of 186 riders. Both Toyotas completed 380 laps, not a record but close to it.

Keating finally gets his trophy

For his eighth trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Texan dealer Ben Keating finally has a class victory to his credit, with a solid victory in the LM GTE Am class. Keating came very close several years ago by winning the class in his personal Ford GT, only to be stripped of the win due to several relatively minor technical infractions. It was the Ford GT’s last year of racing at Le Mans, and the cars were very carefully examined after the race.

After second place last year, TF Sport went one better by winning the LMGTE Am title with the #33 Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Keating, invited as IMSA Jim Trueman Prize winner, finally has his Le Mans title after winning the LMP2 class at the IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year.

It was also a first victory at Le Mans for Dane Marco Sørensen (third in 2020 with Aston Martin Racing) and Portuguese rookie Henrique Chaves. They were followed by the longtime race leader, the #79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19 (Cooper MacNeil/Julien Andlauer/Thomas Merrill) and the #98 Northwest AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR ( Paul Dalla Lana/David Pittard/Nicki Thiim).

90th 24 Hours of Le Mans

Top finishers

Hypercar

  1. Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 (Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi, Ryo Hirakawa), 380 laps
  2. #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez), +2:01.22
  3. #709 Glickenhaus Racing (Ryan Briscoe, Franck Mailleux, Richard Westbrook), +5 laps
  4. #708 Glickenhaus Racing (Pipo Dirani, Romain Dumas, Olivier Pla), +10 laps
  5. Alpine Elf team n°36 (Nicolas Lapierre, André Negrao, Matthieu Vaxiviere), +18 laps
    1. LMP2

      1. No. 38 JOTA (Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez, Will Stevens)
      2. Prema Orlen Team No. 9 (Lorenzo Colombo, Luis Deletraz, Robert Kubica)
      3. #28 JOTA (Jonathan Aberdein, Ed Jones, Oliver Rasmussen)
      4. N°13 TDS Racing X Vaillante (Mathias Beche, Tijmen van der Helm, Nyck de Vries)
      5. Team No. 5 Penske (Dane Cameron, Emmanuel Collard, Felipe Nasr)
      6. No. 23 United Autosports USA (Oliver James, Alex Lynn, Josh Pierson)
      7. No. 37 Cool Racing (Niklas Krutten, Ricky Taylor, Ye Yifei)
      8. N°48 IDEC Sport (Paul-Loup Chatin, Paul Lafargue, Patrick Pilet)
      9. N°1 Richard Mille Racing Team (Charles Milesi, Sebastien Ogier, Lilou Waddoux)
      10. No. 22 United Autosports USA (Felipe Albuquerque, Philip Hanson, Will Owen)
      11. Team n°32 WRT (Rolf Ineichen, Laurens Vanthoor, Mirko Bortolotti)
      12. #65 Panis Racing (Julien Canal, Nico Jamin, Job van Uitert)
        1. LM GTE Pro

          1. #91 Porsche GT Team (Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz, Frederic Makowiecki)
          2. Ferrari AF Corse n°51 (James Calado Alessandro Pier Guidi, Daniel Serra)
          3. Ferrari AF Corse #52 (Antonio Fucco, Miguel Molina, David Rigon)
          4. #92 Porsche GT Team (Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor)
          5. Ferrari #74 Riley Motorsports (Sam Bird, Felipe Fraga, Shane van Gisbergen)
          6. Corvette Race No. 64 (Tommy Milner, Alexander Sims, Nick Tandy)
          7. Corvette Race #63 (Nicky Catsburg, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor)
            1. LMGTE Am

              1. Aston Martin #33 TF Sport (Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves, Marco Sorensen)
              2. #79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche (Julien Andlauer, Cooper MacNeil, Thomas Merrill)
              3. No. 98 North West AMR Aston Martin (Paul Della Lana, David Pittard, Nicki Thiim)
              4. No. 86 GR Racing Porch (Ben Parker, Ricardo Pera, Michael Wainwright)
              5. Porsche No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing (Jan Heylen Fred Poordad, Maxwell Root)
              6. #54 AF Corse Ferrari (Nick Cassidy, Francesco Castellacci, Thomas Flohr)
              7. Ferrari #85 Iron Dames (Sarah Bovy, Rachel Frey, Michelle Gatting)
              8. Ferrari AF Corse #21 (Simon Mann, Christph Ulrich, Toni Vilander)
              9. Ferrari AF Corse #61 (Vincent Abril, Conrad Grunewald, Louis Prette)
              10. Ferrari #55 Spirit of Race (Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin, David Perel)
              11. Porsche No. 99 Hardpoint Motorsport (Andrew Hayanto, Alessio Picariello Martin Rump)
              12. Ferrari #57 Kessel Racing (Mikkel Jensen, Takeshi Kimura, Frederik Schandorff)
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