Porsche has taken the top spot at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race from the Circuit de la Sarthe in a dramatic finish.
The No. 1 Porsche car led for much of the race, but suffered a loss of oil pressure in the 21st hour, leading to a retirement from the race. The No. 2 Porsche lost over an hour in the garage during an MGU change, which led it to the back of the field.
But a nearly flawless race since getting back onto the track allowed the No. 2 Porsche to cut through the LMP2 field to retake the lead in the 23rd hour of the race. The Porsche was running 10 to 15 seconds per lap faster than the No. 39 Oreca, the LMP2 car that was poised to take the win when the No. 1 Porsche went out of the race.
That No. 39 Jackie Chan DC Oreca took first in the LMP2 field and second overall. Jonathan Adam drove the No. 97 Aston Martin home to win the GTE Pro field as well. The No. 84 JMW Ferrari came home to win the GTE Am field.
As for Toyota, the No7 car of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Stephane Sarrazin led from pole and was beginning to build a commanding advantage when a clutch problem caused the car to slow as it crossed the start/finish line during the 10th hour.
Kobayashi, who set a new circuit record qualifying lap, attempted unsuccessfully to get the car back to the pits.
Then, just minutes later, the No9 car was also out of the race after being hit by the No25 Manor ORECA of Simon Trummer. The contact caused a rear-left puncture for the Toyota and Nicolas Lapierre was also unable to make it back to the pits with too much damage done to the car.
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