Impressive race at the La Sarthe circuit. The famous 24 Hours of Le Mans with an unexpected result for many. The Toyota number 7 commanded by the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, the Japanese Kamui kobayashi and the british Mike conway they had stayed with the pole and came to the race as the great (not to say only) candidates to win and take the title of the World Endurance (WEC)
The trio had taken a little more than one lap out of their sister car, the number 8. In addition, the good performance during the first hours of the test did not suggest that the result would be anything other than victory for López, Conway and Kobayashi. However, everything would start to quickly and unexpectedly fall apart.
At about 10 hours of testing, with Kobayashi at the wheel, the car began to have turbo problems and he had to pit to change it. This caused more than 30 minutes to be lost making the repairs. This was taken advantage of by the No. 8 Toyota, which took the lead and never let go of it again. It took almost 6 laps to the other car of the Japanese brand.
However, on the track lap of number 7, the comeback began with Conway at the wheel. Almost 10 seconds per lap came to discount his teammates. Then it was López’s turn, to finish off the task that could not be. The Argentinian not only was left without the most precious victory, but also could not secure the WEC championship.
The number 8 Toyota, commanded by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon hartley, He again took the 24 Hours of Le Mans, ahead of Rebellion number 2 and third place came number 7. It is the third consecutive victory for the car of the Japanese brand, while for ‘Pechito’ it is also the third podium consecutive.