Porsche inherits 18th Le Mans win


Porsche won at Le Mans after a commanding performance from Toyota fell an agonising four minutes short of claiming victory in the French classic.

Toyota and Porsche swapped the lead for much of the second day, with the Japanese marque holding the upper hand and looking set to take the chequered flag.

But with less than four minutes remaining it’s charge ground to a halt on the pit straight, allowing Porsche to sweep into the lead.

It marked the 18th time Porsche has won around La Sarthe, and the second in succession following it’s 2015 success.

In the end the #5 Toyota wasn’t even classified as a finisher since the car failed to make it around the final lap in time.

Though no consolation, Toyota did manage to get one car onto the podium, with the #6 entry inheriting second place, though three laps down on the race winning Porsche.

Mark Webber’s hopes of victory took a hit when the #1 Porsche was called in to fix a light panel on the car during the night, before a cooling system problem saw it back in the garage soon after.

It dropped the reigning world champions well down the order, though it recovered to 13th in the final reckoning.

Audi completed the podium in an underwhelming performance from the marque which never looked at contender for the victory - leading just two laps throughout the 24 hour encounter.

The third placed Audi was 12 laps adrift of the race winner and five laps clear of the sister car in fourth place.

Ford won the GTE-Pro class on its return, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its outright victory with the fabled Ford GT40 in 1966.

The #36 Alpine Nissan won the LMP2 class and finished fifth overall while the GTE-Am class was taken by the Ferrari with a 458 Italia.

Motorsport news courtesy of Velocity Magazine; Australia’s leading monthly motorsport magazine. Buy online at vmag.com.au

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