Toyota did not miss the start

Toyota did not miss the start

After a start on a partially wet track, the No. 8 Toyota of Sébastien Buemi was able to get the better of the two Ferraris and take control of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Note the accident of Jack Aitken’s Cadillac No. 311.

The centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans started in chaos! While LeBron James said “Drivers, start your engines” in French in the text, the 62 crews took off at 4:00 p.m. sharp but the race was neutralized after the first lap. As soon as the tricolor flag waved by the “King” passed, the two Ferraris retained the advantage but there was trouble behind, braking for the Dunlop chicane. Felipe Nasr, driving the #75 Porsche, was far too optimistic and locked his front wheels. The Brazilian was unable to avoid slight contact with a Toyota and fell back in the hierarchy behind the two GR010 Hybrids from the Japanese manufacturer. Everything changed as we approached the first Hunaudières chicane, where the asphalt was copiously wet. Few drivers did not make a mistake and James Calado, in difficulty coming out of the corner, gave way to the two Japanese prototypes and fell back to fourth place. At the front, Sébastien Buemi was very aggressive and took the lead at the expense of the Ferrari n°50 entrusted to Nicklas Nielsen.

Cadillac immediately loses one of its cards

Behind, the No. 311 Cadillac from the Action Express Racing team driven by Jack Aitken made a clear mistake. Indeed, Former F1 driver Williiams lost control of his V-Series.R at the exit of the first Mulsanne chicane, significantly damaging the front axle of the American prototype. Although the Briton was able to bring the wreck back to the pits, the damage caused to the safety rails pushed the race management to bring in the safety car at the start of the second lap. Starting from 10th and 11th positions, the two Peugeots passed this first lap without incident to reach 8th place for the no.93 of Paul di Resta and 10th place for Nico Müller at the wheel of the no.94. In the LMP2 category, the IDEC Sport team and Paul-Loup Chatin kept the advantage over Daniil Kvyat and Prema Racing. In LMGTE Am, Davide Rigon allowed the Ferrari of the AF Corse team to move into first position ahead of Daniel Serra for Kessel Racing. Positions which were frozen by the early intervention of the safety car and which could move very quickly because the weather promises to be difficult in Sarthe this Saturday.



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