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Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima take WEC title with Le Mans win

17th Jun 2019 12:37 pm

The #8 Toyota inherited the lead after the sister #7 car ran into problems in the final hour of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima – driving the #8 TS050 Hybrid – took a surprise win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after the sister #7 Toyota car suffered a puncture in the final hour of the endurance race. The result sees Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima secure the World Endurance Drivers’ Championship, adding to the Manufacturers’ Championship title that Toyota had won at Spa.

The #7 TS050 Hybrid – driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez had held a strong lead for majority of the race after starting from pole position. However, with just an hour to go, the car slowed down with Jose Maria Lopez behind the wheel, after already pitting for a suspected puncture. Toyota later confirmed that while the car’s tyre pressure sensors indicated a front-right puncture, it was actually the right-rear tyre that suffered a puncture. As a result, Lopez had to head to the pits once again, handing the lead to the #8 car driven by Nakajima.

Nakajima held on to that lead to cross the chequered flag 16.972 seconds ahead of Lopez. Vitaly Petrov, Mikhail Aleshin and Le Mans debutant Stoffel Vandoorne took 3rd place in the SMP Racing No. 11 car, a distant 6 laps behind the Toyotas.

In the LMP2 class, Signatech Alpine Matmut was able to defend its Le Mans LMP2 title, with Nicolas Lapierre, André Negrao and Pierre Thiriet taking the class victory in the #36 Ligier JSP217 – Gibson car. The team inherited the lead after #26 G-Drive Racing Aurus-branded ORECA – driven by Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and Job van Uitert lost 20 minutes at a scheduled pitstop due to a mechanical issue. The result helped Signatech Alpine Matmut secure the LMP2 title from Jackie Chan DC Racing, with the latter’s #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry taking 2nd place.

Indian racer Arjun Maini was also contesting his first 24 Hours of Le Mans, racing the #43 Oreca 07-Gibson for British team RLR MSport alongside Norman Nato and John Farano. Unfortunately, the car was running in the top 15 when it retired due to a mechanical issue, just over four hours from the finish.

The #51 AF Corse 488 GTE driven by James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra took victory in the GTE Pro class, handing Ferrari its first win the class since 2014. Meanwhile, Keating Motorsports' privateer Ford GT driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Frag overcame a stop-and-go penalty to win in the GTE Am class.

Results

POS

CLASS

CAR

DRIVERS

LAPS

GAP

1

LMP1

#8 Toyota

Buemi, Nakajima, Alonso

385

 

2

LMP1

#7 Toyota

Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez

385

+ 16.972s

3

LMP1

#11 BR

Petrov, Aleshin, Vandoorne

379

+ 6 Laps

4

LMP1

#1 Rebellion

Jani, Lotterer, Senna

376

+ 9 Laps

5

LMP1

#3 Rebellion

Laurent, Berthon, Menezes

370

+ 15 Laps

6

LMP2

#36 Alpine

Lapierre, Negrao, Thiriet

368

+ 17 Laps

7

LMP2

#38 Oreca

Tung, Richelmi, Aubry

367

+ 18 Laps

8

LMP2

#28 Oreca

Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Duval

366

+ 19 Laps

9

LMP2

#22 Ligier

Hanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta

365

+ 20 Laps

10

LMP2

#48 Oreca

Lafargue, Chatin, Rojas

364

+ 21 Laps

11

LMP2

#26 Aurus

Rusinov, Van Uitert, Vergne

364

+ 24.853s

12

LMP2

#30 Oreca

Jamin, Ragues, Dumas

363

+ 22 Laps

13

LMP2

#23 Ligier

Binder, Canal, Stevens

362

+ 23 Laps

14

LMP2

#39 Oreca

Gommendy, Capillaire, Hirschi

362

+ 0.930s

15

LMP2

#25 Oreca

Zollinger, Pizzitola, Falb

357

+ 28 Laps

16

LMP2

#20 Oreca

Fjordbach, Andersen, Beche

356

+ 29 Laps

17

LMP2

#50 Ligier

Creed, Ricci, Boulle

355

+ 30 Laps

18

LMP2

#47 Dallara

Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi

352

+ 33 Laps

19

LMP2

#32 Ligier

Cullen, Brundle, Owen

348

+ 37 Laps

20

GTE Pro

#51 Ferrari

Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra

342

+ 43 Laps

21

GTE Pro

#91 Porsche

Lietz, Bruni, Makowiecki

342

+ 49.193s

22

GTE Pro

#93 Porsche

Pilet, Bamber, Tandy

342

+ 1m07.157s

23

GTE Pro

#68 Ford

Hand, Muller, Bourdais

342

+ 2m12.161s

24

GTE Pro

#67 Ford

Priaulx, Tincknell, Bomarito

342

+ 3m23.128s

25

GTE Pro

#69 Ford

Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon

341

+ 44 Laps

26

GTE Pro

#66 Ford

Mucke, Pla, Johnson

340

+ 45 Laps

27

LMP2

#29 Dallara

Van Eerd, Van Der Garde, De Vries

340

+ 1m57.322s

28

GTE Pro

#94 Porsche

Muller, Jaminet, Olsen

339

+ 46 Laps

29

GTE Pro

#63 Chevrolet

Magnussen, Garcia, Rockenfeller

337

+ 48 Laps

30

GTE Pro

#92 Porsche

Christensen, Estre, Vanthoor

337

+ 1m57.103s

31

GTE Pro

#82 BMW

Farfus, Da Costa, Krohn

335

+ 50 Laps

32

GTE Am

#85 Ford

Keating, Bleekemolen, Fraga

334

+ 51 Laps

33

GTE Am

#56 Porsche

Bergmeister, Lindsey, Perfetti

334

+ 44.943s

34

GTE Am

#84 Ferrari

Segal, Baptista, Lu

334

+ 1m29.127s

35

GTE Am

#62 Ferrari

Macneil, Vilander, Smith

333

+ 52 Laps

36

GTE Am

#77 Porsche

Campbell, Ried, Andlauer

332

+ 53 Laps

37

GTE Am

#57 Ferrari

Kimura, Cozzolino, Ledogar

332

+ 22.399s

38

GTE Am

#78 Porsche

Prette, Prette, Abril

332

+ 2m49.697s

39

GTE Am

#61 Ferrari

Perez-Companc, Griffin, Cressoni

331

+ 54 Laps

40

GTE Am

#54 Ferrari

Flohr, Castellacci, Fisichella

331

+ 1.505s

41

GTE Am

#86 Porsche

Wainwright, Barker, Preining

331

+ 1m05.858s

42

GTE Am

#83 Ferrari

Gostner, Frey, Gatting

330

+ 55 Laps

43

GTE Pro

#89 Ferrari

Derani, Jarvis, Gounon

329

+ 56 Laps

44

GTE Am

#70 Ferrari

Ishikawa, Beretta, Cheever

328

+ 57 Laps

45

GTE Am

#90 Aston

Yoluc, Hankey, Eastwood

327

+ 58 Laps

46

GTE Pro

#97 Aston

Martin, Lynn, Adam

325

+ 60 Laps

47

LMP2

#34 Ligier

Smiechowski, Winslow, Moore

325

+ 1m29.998s

48

GTE Am

#60 Ferrari

Schiavoni, Pianezzola, Piccini

324

+ 61 Laps

49

GTE Pro

#81 BMW

Catsburg, Tomczyk, Eng

309

+ 76 Laps

50

LMP2

#43 Oreca

Farano, Maini, Nato

295

+ 90 Laps

51

LMP2

#31 Oreca

Gonzalez, Maldonado, Davidson

245

+ 140 Laps

52

LMP2

#37 Oreca

Heinemeier-Hansson, King, Taylor

199

+ 186 Laps

53

LMP1

#17 BR

Sarrazin, Orudzhev, Sirotkin

163

+ 222 Laps

54

LMP1

#4 Enso

Dillmann, Webb, Ruberti

163

+ 2h35m00.370s

55

LMP2

#49 Ligier

Konopka, Enqvist, Tereschenko

160

+ 225 Laps

56

GTE Pro

#71 Ferrari

Rigon, Bird, Molina

140

+ 245 Laps

57

GTE Pro

#95 Aston

Thiim, Sorensen, Turner

132

+ 253 Laps

58

GTE Am

#98 Aston

Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda

87

+ 298 Laps

59

GTE Pro

#64 Chevrolet

Gavin, Milner, Fassler

82

+ 303 Laps

60

GTE Am

#88 Porsche

Hoshino, Roda Jr, Cairoli

79

+ 306 Laps

61

LMP1

#10 BR

Hedman, Hanley, Van Der Zande

76

+ 309 Laps

 

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