24 Hours of Le Mans: Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima win ahead of sister Toyota car

  • Published on 16 Jun 2019 14:01
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The #8 Toyota driven by Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as Toyota dominated proceedings at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The #8 crew have become FIA World Endurance champions, as it only needed to finish seventh overall, meaning Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima have emerged victorious from the 2019/20 superseason. 

The second Toyota suffered heartbreak in the final hour, as it was hit with a puncture after leading for much of the 24 hours.

Before the issues, the #7 car had a gap of over two minutes to the other Toyota, however its issues saw it being passed when it pitted for the second time with its problems.

Both cars pitted again within the last half hour, but the gap was too large for Jose Maria Lopez to close down, as Nakajima brought the car home for the second consecutive Toyota win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The #7 car that started from pole position streaked away from the #8 Toyota at the opening stint of the race, and was seemingly untouchable. However, a couple of safety car periods allowed the second Toyota to close up as darkness started to fall.

The two cars swapped for the lead for a number of hours as they made their respective pit tops, while there was a costly mistake for the #7 car, which ran wide when night was falling and into the gravel, which allowed the #8 car to take the lead.

The #7 car seemingly had the upper hand for most of the event before the late-race issues, as the #8 struggled for pace all week.

The #8 car struggled through the night, as Alonso later revealed that the team had an aerodynamic issue, caused by a problem with one of its doors.

However, it was able to capitalise on the issues that hit its sister car towards the end to take a second Le Mans victory, having won the race that started the 2018/19 superseason.

 Behind the two Toyotas, SMP Racing came out on top in the battle against Rebellion Racing, as Stoffel Vandoorne drove the #11 car to the line, three laps ahead of the #1 Rebellion, while the #3 car was a further six laps down.

The second SMP Racing car retired from the race with problems, as did the other two LMP1 entries of DragonSpeed and ByKolles Racing.


In the LMP2 class, it was success for Signatech Alpine Matmut, who finishes the race one lap in front of the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing and two laps in front of the TDS Racing car, with the latter two the highest classified Dunlop runners.

While DragonSpeed had trouble in the LMP1, it was the same story for the LMP2 entry as Pastor Maldonado crashed early on in the morning.

Racing Team Nederland also had its troubles during the 24 hours, with a puncture before nightfall and a heavy crash for Nyck de Vries in the morning.

Despite one Jackie Chan DC Racing car finishing on the LMP2 podium, the #37 retired from the event.


Despite qualifying in a lowly 12th in the GTE Pro class, the #51 AF Course Ferrari car managed to cross the line at the head of the class ahead of the #91 and #93 Porsche cars.

It was pain for Corvette, who was held at the end of the pit lane following the crash for de Vries in the LMP2 crash. It got worse for the team when Jan Magnussen crashed, putting the team a number of laps down.

Two Fords followed in fourth and fifth, as Chip Ganassi's USA outfit got the better of its UK counterparts.

In the GTE AM class, Keating Motorsports survived late drama when it picked up a stop-go penalty. The penalty diminished the lead it had at the head of the category at the time, however it was able to build it back up and hold on for the win.

Team Project 1 and JMW Motorsport closed out the podium spots for the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the second place car almost 45 seconds down on the lead. 


Pos. Drivers Car Class Time

Sébastien Buemi 
Kazuki Nakajima 
Fernando Alonso


Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1  

Mike Conway 
Kamui Kobayashi 
Jose Maria Lopez


Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 16.972

Vitaly Petrov 
Mikhail Aleshin 
Stoffel Vandoorne


BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 6 laps

Neel Jani 
Andre Lotterer 
Bruno Senna


Rebellion R13 LMP1 9 laps

Thomas Laurent 
Nathanael Berthon 
Gustavo Menezes


Rebellion R13 LMP1 15 laps

Nicolas Lapierre 
Andre Negrao 
Pierre Thiriet


Alpine A470 LMP2 17 laps

Ho-Pin Tung 
Stéphane Richelmi 
Gabriel Aubry


Oreca 07 LMP2 18 laps

François Perrodo 
Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Loic Duval


Oreca 07 LMP2 19 laps

Philip Hanson 
Filipe Albuquerque 
Paul di Resta


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 20 laps

Paul Lafargue 
Paul-Loup Chatin 
Memo Rojas


Oreca 07 LMP2 21 laps

Roman Rusinov 
Job Van Uitert 
Jean-Eric Vergne


Aurus 01 LMP2 21 laps

Nico Jamin 
Pierre Ragues 
Romain Dumas


Oreca 07 LMP2 22 laps

Rene Binder 
Julien Canal 
Will Stevens


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 23 laps

Tristan Gommendy 
Vincent Capillaire 
Jonathan Hirschi


Oreca 07 LMP2 23 laps

David Zollinger 
Andrea Pizzitola 
John Falb


Oreca 07 LMP2 28 laps

Anders Fjordbach 
Dennis Andersen 
Mathias Beche


Oreca 07 LMP2 29 laps

Erwin Creed 
Romano Ricci 
Nicholas Boulle


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 30 laps

Roberto Lacorte 
Giorgio Sernagiotto 
Andrea Belicchi


Dallara P217 LMP2 33 laps

Ryan Cullen 
Alex Brundle


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 37 laps

Alessandro Pier Guidi 
James Calado 
Daniel Serra


Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 43 laps

Gianmaria Bruni 
Richard Lietz 
Frédéric Makowiecki


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 43 laps

Patrick Pilet 
Earl Bamber 
Nick Tandy


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 43 laps

Joey Hand 
Dirk Muller 
Sébastien Bourdais


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 43 laps

Andy Priaulx 
Harry Tincknell 
Jonathan Bomarito


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 43 laps

Ryan Briscoe 
Richard Westbrook 
Scott Dixon


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 44 laps

Stefan Mücke 
Olivier Pla 
Billy Johnson


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 45 laps

Frits van Eerd 
Giedo van der Garde 
Nyck de Vries


Dallara P217 LMP2 45 laps

Sven Muller 
Mathieu Jaminet 
Dennis Olsen


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 46 laps

Jan Magnussen 
Antonio Garcia 
Mike Rockenfeller


Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 48 laps

Michael Christensen 
Kevin Estre 
Laurens Vanthoor


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 48 laps

Augusto Farfus 
Antonio Felix da Costa 
Jesse Krohn



Ben Keating 
Jeroen Bleekemolen 
Felipe Fraga


Ford GT LMGTE AM 51 laps

Jörg Bergmeister 
Patrick Lindsey 
Egidio Perfetti


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 51 laps

Jeff Segal 
Rodrigo Baptista 
Wei Lu


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 51 laps

Cooper MacNeil 
Toni Vilander 
Robert Smith


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 52 laps

Matt Campbell 
Christian Ried 
Julien Andlauer


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 53 laps

Takeshi Kimura 
Kei Cozzolino 
Côme Ledogar


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 53 laps

Louis Prette 
Philippe Prette 
Vincent Abril


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 53 laps

Luis Perez Companc 
Matthew Griffin 
Matteo Cressoni


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 54 laps

Thomas Flohr 
Francesco Castellacci 
Giancarlo Fisichella


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 54 laps

Michael Wainwright 
Benjamin Barker 
Thomas Preining


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 54 laps

Manuela Gostner 
Rahel Frey 
Michelle Gatting


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 55 laps

Pipo Derani 
Oliver Jarvis 
Jules Gounon


Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 56 laps

Motoaki Ishikawa 
Olivier Beretta 
Eddie Cheever III


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 57 laps

Salih Yoluc 
Euan Hankey 
Charles Eastwood


Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 58 laps

Alex Lynn 
Maxime Martin 
Jonathan Adam


Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 60 laps

Jakub Smiechowski 
James Winslow 
Nigel Moore


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 60 laps

Claudio Schiavoni 
Andrea Piccini 
Sergio Pianezzola


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 61 laps

Nick Catsburg 
Martin Tomczyk 
Philipp Eng



John Farano 
Arjun Maini 
Norman Nato


Oreca 07 LMP2 90 laps

Roberto Gonzalez 
Pastor Maldonado 
Anthony Davidson


Oreca 07 LMP2 140 laps

David Heinemeier Hansson 
Jordan King 
Ricky Taylor


Oreca 07 LMP2 186 laps

Stéphane Sarrazin 
Egor Orudzhev 
Sergey Sirotkin


BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 222 laps

Tom Dillmann 
Oliver Webb 
Paolo Ruberti


ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 222 laps

Miro Konopka 
Henning Enqvist 
Konstantin Tereshchenko


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 225 laps

Davide Rigon 
Sam Bird 
Miguel Molina


Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 245 laps

Marco Sorensen 
Nicki Thiim 
Darren Turner


Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 253 laps

Paul Dalla Lana 
Pedro Lamy 
Mathias Lauda


Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 298 laps

Oliver Gavin 
Tommy Milner 
Marcel Fassler


Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 303 laps

Satoshi Hoshino 
Giorgio Roda 
Matteo Cairoli


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 306 laps

Henrik Hedman 
Ben Hanley 
Renger van der Zande


BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 309 laps


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  • what a finish, sucks for #7

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    • Jun 16 2019 - 15:44
  • Definitely not a spectacular win like in 2019, but a win is a win. Motorsports can be a cruel sport. I guess Alonso would know a thing or two about back luck.

    Beyond Alonso though, what an outstanding machine Toyota has put together. I'm looking forward to more manufacturers joining. I was also happy to see a couple of F1 rejects now shine in WEC.

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    • Jun 17 2019 - 06:55

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