Toyota win 24 Hours of Le Mans for third year running

    The No. 8 Toyota of Buemi, Hartley and Nakajima stormed to victory after the No. 7 Toyota and both Rebellions faced issues.

    Published On Sep 21, 2020 11:31:00 AM

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    Toyota Gazoo Racing secured their third consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, with the No. 8 car piloted by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima winning the 2020 edition of the event. With this, Toyota has successfully wrapped up the LMP1 World Endurance Championship, with one round still remaining in Bahrain.

    • No. 8 Toyota of Buemi, Hartley and Nakajima win 24 Hours of Le Mans
    • United Autosports dominate in LMP2
    • Aston Martin win in GTE Pro and Am

    COVID-19 forced the 24 Hours of Le Mans to be postponed this year. The event is already considered one of the most demanding tests of endurance and the September slot only made things more challenging for all the drivers, since they had to tackle more hours of night-time racing.

    LMP1: Toyota’s hat-trick of wins at Le Mans

    With Audi and Porsche pulling out of LMP1, Toyota was always expected to dominate this year’s event. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the team at Le Mans.

    The No. 7 crew of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez – which started from pole – held on to the lead in the opening stages. With the sister No. 8 Toyota needing a brake change, the No. 7 car was leading the race by a lap. However, an issue with the exhaust manifold meant that they lost 30 minutes in the garage as the team replaced the car’s turbo. This dropped them to fourth place, while handing the No. 8 car the lead.

    Buemi, Hartley and Nakajima were further helped by the fact that both the Rebellion cars suffered their own issues. With the conditions remaining dry throughout, the No. 8 Toyota comfortably crossed the line to win the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans – a fitting send-off for the TS050 Hybrid on what was its last outing at Le Mans, before the new hypercar category replaces LMP1 next year.

    The No. 1 Rebellion of Bruno Senna, Norman Nato and Gustavo Menezes finished second, five laps behind the winning Toyota. Just when it seemed like Rebellion was going to bag a double podium finish, Louis Deletraz crashed the No. 3 car and had to pit for a new front end. The incident also handed the crew a 30sec time penalty, promoting the No. 7 Toyota to third place overall.

    LMP2: United Autosports secure title

    United Autosports continued their dominant run, with Paul Di Resta, Phil Hanson, and Filipe Albuquerque  (driving the No. 22 Oreca) securing the team’s fourth consecutive LMP2 win. With this, the British Privateer team has secured enough points to clinch the LMP2 title.

    The No. 38 JOTA Sport Oreca of Antonio Felix da Costa, Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez remained on the winning car’s tail for much of the morning. But they were knocked out of winning contention when Davidson was forced to pit for fuel with just two laps to go.

    With the No. 26 G-Drive Aurus Oreca suffering suspension damage in the closing stages, the No. 31 Panis Racing Oreca of Nico Jamin, Mathieu Vaxiviere and Julien Canal finished third in the category.

    GTE Pro: Aston Martin defeat Ferrari

    Ferrari and Aston Martin remained locked in a tight battle in the LMGTE Pro category. But the No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin and Harry Tincknell gained the upper hand and took home the winner’s trophy.

    Last year’s Le Mans GTE Pro winners, Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Daniel Serra in the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo finished just 1 min 33 secs behind, in second place. The No. 95 Vantage of Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen and Richard Westbrook finished in third place, giving Aston Martin a double podium finish – handing the team it best-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans results.

    GTE Am: Aston Martin triumph again

    Topping off what had been a great day for Aston Martin, the marquee’s customer team TF Sport ended up winning in the LMGTE Am category.

    The No.90 Vantage AMR of Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood and Jonny Adam enjoyed a nearly flawless race and finished 49sec ahead of the No.77 Dempsey Proton Porsche of Christian Ried, Riccardo Pera and Matt Campbell. The No.83 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO of Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Nicklas Nielsen finished just 3sec behind.

     

    2020 24 Hours of Le Mans results:

    POS

    CLASS

    CAR

    DRIVERS

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    LMP1

    #8 Toyota

    Buemi, Nakajima, Hartley

    387

     

    2

    LMP1

    #1 Rebellion

    Senna, Nato, Menezes

    382

    + 5 Laps

    3

    LMP1

    #7 Toyota

    Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez

    381

    + 6 Laps

    4

    LMP1

    #3 Rebellion

    Dumas, Berthon, Deletraz

    381

    + 39.408s

    5

    LMP2

    #22 Oreca

    Hanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta

    370

    + 17 Laps

    6

    LMP2

    #38 Oreca

    Davidson, Da Costa, Gonzalez

    370

    + 32.831s

    7

    LMP2

    #31 Oreca

    Jamin, Canal, Vaxiviere

    368

    + 19 Laps

    8

    LMP2

    #36 Alpine

    Negrao, Ragues, Laurent

    367

    + 20 Laps

    9

    LMP2

    #26 Aurus

    Rusinov, Vergne, Jensen

    367

    + 57.578s

    10

    LMP2

    #28 Oreca

    Lafargue, Chatin, Bradley

    366

    + 21 Laps

    11

    LMP2

    #42 Oreca

    Lapierre, Borga, Coigny

    365

    + 22 Laps

    12

    LMP2

    #25 Oreca

    Falb, Trummer, McMurry

    365

    + 1m31.640s

    13

    LMP2

    #50 Oreca

    Calderon, Florsch, Visser

    364

    + 23 Laps

    14

    LMP2

    #47 Dallara

    Lacorte, Belicchi, Sernagiotto

    363

    + 24 Laps

    15

    LMP2

    #17 Oreca

    Pilet, Tilley, Kennard

    363

    + 51.762s

    16

    LMP2

    #27 Oreca

    Hedman, Hanley, Van der Zande

    361

    + 26 Laps

    17

    LMP2

    #32 Oreca

    Owen, Brundle, Van Uitert

    359

    + 28 Laps

    18

    LMP2

    #35 Ligier

    Yamanaka, Foster, Merhi

    351

    + 36 Laps

    19

    LMP2

    #29 Oreca

    Van Eerd, Van der Garde, De Vries

    349

    + 38 Laps

    20

    GTE Pro

    #97 Aston

    Martin, Lynn, Tincknell

    346

    + 41 Laps

    21

    GTE Pro

    #51 Ferrari

    Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra

    346

    + 1m33.164s

    22

    GTE Pro

    #95 Aston

    Thiim, Sorensen, Westbrook

    343

    + 44 Laps

    23

    GTE Pro

    #82 Ferrari

    Pla, Bourdais, Gounon

    339

    + 48 Laps

    24

    GTE Am

    #90 Aston

    Yoluc, Eastwood, Adam

    339

    + 1m33.407s

    25

    GTE Am

    #77 Porsche

    Ried, Pera, Campbell

    339

    + 2m23.159s

    26

    GTE Am

    #83 Ferrari

    Perrodo, Collard, Nielsen

    339

    + 2m26.206s

    27

    GTE Am

    #56 Porsche

    Perfetti, Ten Voorde, Cairoli

    339

    + 2m34.526s

    28

    LMP2

    #24 Oreca

    Grist, Kapadia, Wells

    338

    + 49 Laps

    29

    GTE Am

    #86 Porsche

    Wainwright, Barker, Watson

    337

    + 50 Laps

    30

    GTE Am

    #66 Ferrari

    Heistand, Root, Magnussen

    335

    + 52 Laps

    31

    GTE Pro

    #91 Porsche

    Bruni, Lietz, Makowiecki

    335

    + 6.187s

    32

    GTE Am

    #61 Ferrari

    Piovanetti, Negri Jr., Ledogar

    335

    + 2m49.871s

    33

    GTE Am

    #98 Aston

    Dalla Lana, Gunn, Farfus

    333

    + 54 Laps

    34

    GTE Am

    #85 Ferrari

    Gostner, Frey, Gatting

    332

    + 55 Laps

    35

    GTE Pro

    #92 Porsche

    Christensen, Estre, Vanthoor

    331

    + 56 Laps

    36

    GTE Am

    #99 Porsche

    Inthraphuvasak, Legeret, Andlauer

    331

    + 1m23.705s

    37

    GTE Am

    #60 Ferrari

    Schiavoni, Pianezzola, Ruberti

    331

    + 2m58.825s

    38

    GTE Am

    #78 Porsche

    Felbermayr, Beretta, Van Splunteren

    330

    + 57 Laps

    39

    GTE Am

    #54 Ferrari

    Flohr, Castellacci, Fisichella

    330

    + 1m11.360s

    40

    GTE Am

    #57 Porsche

    Keating, Fraga, Bleekemolen

    326

    + 61 Laps

    41

    LMP2

    #34 Ligier

    Smiechowski, Binder, Isaakyan

    325

    + 62 Laps

    42

    GTE Am

    #62 Ferrari

    Grimes, Mowlem, Hollings

    325

    + 24.638s

    43

    GTE Am

    #89 Porsche

    Brooks, Piguet, Laskaratos

    313

    + 74 Laps

    44

    LMP2

    #39 Oreca

    Allen, Capillaire, Milesi

    357

    + 30 Laps

    45

    GTE Pro

    #71 Ferrari

    Rigon, Molina, Bird

    340

    + 47 Laps

    46

    GTE Am

    #72 Ferrari

    Chen, Blomqvist, Gomes

    273

    + 114 Laps

    47

    GTE Am

    #88 Porsche

    Preining, Bastien, De Leener

    238

    + 149 Laps

    48

    GTE Am

    #75 Ferrari

    Mastronardi, Cressoni, Piccini

    211

    + 176 Laps

    49

    LMP2

    #37 Oreca

    Tung, Aubry, Stevens

    141

    + 246 Laps

    50

    LMP2

    #21 Oreca

    Montoya, Buret, Rojas

    192

    + 195 Laps

    51

    GTE Pro

    #63 Ferrari

    Macneil, Vilander, Segal

    185

    + 202 Laps

    52

    GTE Am

    #70 Ferrari

    Kimura, Abril, Cozzolino

    172

    + 215 Laps

    53

    LMP2

    #16 Aurus

    Cullen, Jarvis, Tandy

    105

    + 282 Laps

    54

    LMP2

    #30 Oreca

    Hirschi, Tereschenko, Gommendy

    100

    + 287 Laps

    55

    LMP1

    #4 ENSO

    Dillmann, Spengler, Webb

    97

    + 290 Laps

    56

    LMP2

    #33 Oreca

    Yamashita, Patterson, Fjordbach

    88

    + 299 Laps

    57

    GTE Am

    #52 Ferrari

    Ulrich, Gorig, West

    80

    + 307 Laps

    58

    GTE Am

    #55 Ferrari

    Cameron, Scott, Griffin

    78

    + 309 Laps

    59

    LMP2

    #11 Ligier

    Tambay, Maris, D'Ansembourg

    26

    + 361 Laps

     

    Also see:

    F1 2020: Hamilton wins crash-ridden Tuscan GP

    F1 2021: Vettel to join Aston Martin next year

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