Toyota without rival at Le Mans

Toyota without rival at Le Mans

Leading from start to finish and having gone through the race without experiencing any major problems, Toyota scored a double during the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the No. 8 ahead of the No. 7. Glickenhaus completed the podium when Alpine had a nightmare race and finished 23rd.

After 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, Toyota makes it five to the 24 Hours of Le Mans! At the end of a double round of the clock during which the two prototypes of the Japanese manufacturer did not experience any huge technical problems, it was the GR010 Hybrid bearing number 8 entrusted to the trio composed of Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa which crossed the finish line as winner after its 380th lap. If the two Toyota Gazoo Racing prototypes were neck and neck during the first half of the race, leading the Swiss driver to say that this pace was untenable, it was at daybreak that the hierarchy changed. frozen, in fact. Indeed, the No. 7 Toyota then entrusted to José Maria Lopez, teammate of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi, experienced an electronic problem which forced the Argentinian to stop for a few moments at the side of the track to restart the system then to make a pit stop to definitively resolve the problem. An incident which propelled the No. 8 into the lead, a position it did not leave until the checkered flagthus offering Ryo Hirakawa his first victory at Le Mans for his first participation, he who replaced Kazuki Nakajima.

Glickenhaus on the podium, Alpine in the middle of a nightmare

Behind the two GR010 Hybrids, we find the two Glickenhaus 007 LMHs. If the race of the two American prototypes was not ideal, the objective of getting on the podium was achieved with the No. 709 of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Franck Mailleux, which finished five laps behind the winner. The No. 708 of Olivier Pla, Romain Dumas and Pipo Derani, which was not spared from mechanical problems, was able to move up to fourth place ten laps behind the No. 8 Toyota. Last entered in the Hypercar category, the Alpine A480 of André Negrão, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxivière could not do better than 23rd place in the general classification, far from its ambitions to challenge Toyota’s dominance. After clutch and speeding problems in the pit line in the first quarter of the race, the French manufacturer’s prototype was the victim of a road trip in mid-morning while overtaking a Porsche from the LMGTE Am category and an LMP2 prototype at the Porsche corners. With the front axle seriously damaged, the No. 36 once again plunged down the order, finishing 18 laps behind the winners.

JOTA dominates LMP2, Makowiecki finally wins LMGTE Pro title

In the LMP2 category, the duel was lively from start to finish between the two prototypes from the British team JOTA and that of the Prema Orlen Team. However, it was the No. 38 of Roberto Gonzalez, Antonio Felix da Costa and Will Stevens which had the last word for just under two and a half minutes against the trio of Robert Kubica, Louis Deletraz and Lorenzo Colombo.. The category podium is completed by the No. 28 JOTA of Oliver Rasmussen, Ed Jones and Jonathan Aberdein. In LMGTE Pro, a category for which this was the last appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette saw its hopes of victory go up in smoke. The No. 63 retired with a mechanical problem early in the morning when the No. 64, fighting for victory, was the victim of contact with the LMP2 of the AF Corse team on the Mulsanne straight and had to give up. The duel between Porsche and Ferrari then turned in favor of the German manufacturer with the No. 91 of Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki winning. The French driver, the only member of the Porsche team to have never won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMGTE Pro, has finally achieved this holy grail. Finally, in the LMGTE Am category, the Aston Martin from the TF Sport team entrusted to Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves and Marco Sørensen won. While the teams will return to the usual WEC next month, with the debut of the Peugeot 9X8 in Hypercar, eyes will turn towards the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year, with Toyota which will have a real competition.

Le Mans 24Hcredit photo : Panoramic ENDURANCE – WEC / 24 HOURS OF LE MANS
Final ranking – Sunday June 12, 2022
1- Toyota Gazoo Racing n°8 (Buemi-Hartley-Hirakawa/SUI-NZL-JAP/Toyota GR010 Hybrid) 380 tours
2- Toyota Gazoo Racing n°7 (Conway-Kobayashi-Lopez/GBR-JAP-ARG/Toyota GR010 Hybrid) à 2’01”222
3- Glickenhaus Racing n°709 (Briscoe-Westbrook-Mailleux/USA-GBR-FRA/Glickenhaus 007 LMH) à 5 tours
4- Glickenhaus Racing n°708 (Pla-Dumas-Derani/FRA-FRA-BRE/Glickenhaus 007 LMH) à 10 tours
5- JOTA n°38 (Gonzalez-Felix da Costa-Stevens/MEX-POR-GBR/Oreca 07-Gibson) at 11 laps (1er LMP2)

23- Alpine Elf Team n°36 (Negrão-Lapierre-Vaxivière/BRE-FRA-FRA/Alpine A480-Gibson) at 18 laps

28- Porsche GT Team n°91 (Bruni-Lietz-Makowiecki/ITA-AUT-FRA/Porsche 911 RSR-19) à 30 tours (1er LMGTE Pro)

34- TF Sport n°33 (Keating-Chaves-Sørensen/USA-POR-DAN/Aston Martin Vantage AMR) at 37 laps (1er LMGTE Am)

Hypercar drivers’ world championship ranking after 3 races (out of 6)
1- Andre Negrão-Matthieu Vaxivière-Nicolas Lapierre (BRE-FRA-FRA/Alpine) 81 points
2- Brendon Hartley-Ryo Hirakawa-Sébastien Buemi (NZL-JAP-SUI/Toyota) 78 points
3- Olivier Pla-Romain Dumas (FRA-FRA/Glickenhaus) 69
4- José Maria Lopez-Kamui Kobayashi-Mike Conway/Toyota) 61
5- Luiz Felipe Derani (BRE/Glickenhaus) 46
6- Ryan Briscoe (USA/Glickenhaus) 23

Hypercar World Manufacturers’ Championship standings after 3 races (out of 6)
1- Toyota 103 points
2- Alpine 81
3- Glickenhaus 69

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