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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.

LMP2

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.

GTE  

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
1

Sébastien Buemi 
Kazuki Nakajima 
Fernando Alonso

 

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1  
2

Mike Conway 
Kamui Kobayashi 
Jose Maria Lopez

 

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 16.972
3

Vitaly Petrov 
Mikhail Aleshin 
Stoffel Vandoorne

 

BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 6 laps
4

Neel Jani 
Andre Lotterer 
Bruno Senna

 

Rebellion R13 LMP1 9 laps
5

Thomas Laurent 
Nathanael Berthon 
Gustavo Menezes

 

Rebellion R13 LMP1 15 laps
6

Nicolas Lapierre 
Andre Negrao 
Pierre Thiriet

 

Alpine A470 LMP2 17 laps
7

Ho-Pin Tung 
Stéphane Richelmi 
Gabriel Aubry

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 18 laps
8

François Perrodo 
Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Loic Duval

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 19 laps
9

Philip Hanson 
Filipe Albuquerque 
Paul di Resta

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 20 laps
10

Paul Lafargue 
Paul-Loup Chatin 
Memo Rojas

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 21 laps
11

Roman Rusinov 
Job Van Uitert 
Jean-Eric Vergne

 

Aurus 01 LMP2 21 laps
12

Nico Jamin 
Pierre Ragues 
Romain Dumas

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 22 laps
13

Rene Binder 
Julien Canal 
Will Stevens

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 23 laps
14

Tristan Gommendy 
Vincent Capillaire 
Jonathan Hirschi

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 23 laps
15

David Zollinger 
Andrea Pizzitola 
John Falb

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 28 laps
16

Anders Fjordbach 
Dennis Andersen 
Mathias Beche

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 29 laps
17

Erwin Creed 
Romano Ricci 
Nicholas Boulle

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 30 laps
18

Roberto Lacorte 
Giorgio Sernagiotto 
Andrea Belicchi

 

Dallara P217 LMP2 33 laps
19

Ryan Cullen 
Alex Brundle

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 37 laps
20

Alessandro Pier Guidi 
James Calado 
Daniel Serra

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 43 laps
21

Gianmaria Bruni 
Richard Lietz 
Frédéric Makowiecki

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 43 laps
22

Patrick Pilet 
Earl Bamber 
Nick Tandy

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 43 laps
23

Joey Hand 
Dirk Muller 
Sébastien Bourdais

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 43 laps
24

Andy Priaulx 
Harry Tincknell 
Jonathan Bomarito

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 43 laps
25

Ryan Briscoe 
Richard Westbrook 
Scott Dixon

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 44 laps
26

Stefan Mücke 
Olivier Pla 
Billy Johnson

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 45 laps
27

Frits van Eerd 
Giedo van der Garde 
Nyck de Vries

 

Dallara P217 LMP2 45 laps
28

Sven Muller 
Mathieu Jaminet 
Dennis Olsen

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 46 laps
29

Jan Magnussen 
Antonio Garcia 
Mike Rockenfeller

 

Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 48 laps
30

Michael Christensen 
Kevin Estre 
Laurens Vanthoor

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 48 laps
31

Augusto Farfus 
Antonio Felix da Costa 
Jesse Krohn

 

BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 50 laps
32

Ben Keating 
Jeroen Bleekemolen 
Felipe Fraga

 

Ford GT LMGTE AM 51 laps
33

Jörg Bergmeister 
Patrick Lindsey 
Egidio Perfetti

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 51 laps
34

Jeff Segal 
Rodrigo Baptista 
Wei Lu

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 51 laps
35

Cooper MacNeil 
Toni Vilander 
Robert Smith

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 52 laps
36

Matt Campbell 
Christian Ried 
Julien Andlauer

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 53 laps
37

Takeshi Kimura 
Kei Cozzolino 
Côme Ledogar

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 53 laps
38

Louis Prette 
Philippe Prette 
Vincent Abril

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 53 laps
39

Luis Perez Companc 
Matthew Griffin 
Matteo Cressoni

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 54 laps
40

Thomas Flohr 
Francesco Castellacci 
Giancarlo Fisichella

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 54 laps
41

Michael Wainwright 
Benjamin Barker 
Thomas Preining

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 54 laps
42

Manuela Gostner 
Rahel Frey 
Michelle Gatting

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 55 laps
43

Pipo Derani 
Oliver Jarvis 
Jules Gounon

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 56 laps
44

Motoaki Ishikawa 
Olivier Beretta 
Eddie Cheever III

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 57 laps
45

Salih Yoluc 
Euan Hankey 
Charles Eastwood

 

Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 58 laps
46

Alex Lynn 
Maxime Martin 
Jonathan Adam

 

Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 60 laps
47

Jakub Smiechowski 
James Winslow 
Nigel Moore

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 60 laps
48

Claudio Schiavoni 
Andrea Piccini 
Sergio Pianezzola

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 61 laps
49

Nick Catsburg 
Martin Tomczyk 
Philipp Eng

 

BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 76 laps
 

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

 

Photos 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019

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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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