In the 24 hours car race in Le Mans the Leading retires with technical problems. This is the second car from Porsche of latching the first to cross the finish line. The three Toyota cars not to come, however, in the target.
Porsche has celebrated after a dramatic race at the legendary 24-hour race in Le Mans but the third Triumph in the series. After André Lotterer (Germany) was eliminated in the top car on their in the lead of the race, won the second car with Timo Bernhard (Germany), Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley (both new Zealand) in the thrilling final stage of the sought-after success at the long distance classics in France.
The 919 Hybrid, meanwhile had to be repaired around an hour due to engine problems, fought his way back after a race to catch up, but 67 minutes before the end to the very front. Here, Bernhard’s Team benefited crucially, that it only managed to take out two of the only six started LMP1 cars to the finish. Second place went to Thomas Laurent, Ho-Pin Tung and Oliver Jarvis in the team’s Oreca 07 from the weaker LMP2 class.
Too bad for Lotterer
While Bernhard celebrated his second success in Le Mans, missed Lotterer in a dramatic way, its almost certainly believed to be the fourth. With 14 laps ahead of Duisburg had to Park his Porsche on Sunday good three and a half hours before the finish on the track. «We had to turn off the engine after problems with the Oil pressure. This is very hard for the drivers,» said Porsche team Manager Andreas Seidl with Eurosport.
Lotterer came with his car, after he was previously very slow. He managed, however, not back to the Box, and the car could be brought back. Lotterer had to give up with his team-mates Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Nick Tandy (great Britain): «The failure is hard, so Le Mans is.»
Next Drama for Toyota
For Toyota it was, however, the second Le-Mans-Drama in a row. In 2016, the top car of the Japanese was eliminated in the last round in the lead, even with the 85. Pad held Toyota for a long time the best chances to win and a double leadership. But first of all, the car of the second-placed Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland), Anthony Davidson (great Britain) and Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) had to be repaired after a Defect in the electric motor extensively. Only after one and a half hours, the Team went with 27 laps behind back on track.
Shortly after midnight, the Pole-sitter Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi (France/UK/Japan) lost and then suddenly to power and had to drive to the Garage. A little later the third Toyota in the performance of arbitral strongest class of LMP1 as a result of an accident.
sw/to (dpa, sid)