Porsche took a dramatic victory in the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans – a record 19th win in the history of the brand after the successes in 1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981-1987, 1994, 1996-1998, 2015 and 2016.
It was a really remarkable race, in which a lot of LMP1s did not survive. Two of the Toyota cars and the German car with #1 retired, while their teammates had technical problems in the course of the event. #2 had an hour and a half pit last night and almost nobody expected it to return in the fight. Toyota suffered a disastrous night as it two leading cars retired because of a clutch problem and a crash. Then Porsche #1 stopped due to an oil pressure issue.
An hour and 5 minutes before the chequered flag Timo Bernhard in the Porsche #2 passed Ho-Pin Tung in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Oreca for the lead. 9 minutes later Bernhard made a pitstop, remaining behind the wheel. The last visit to the garage was about 25 minutes before the end of the race. After that Bernhard controlled the pace to the chequered flag.
Porsche took a dramatic victory in the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans – a record 19th win in the history of the brand
Porsche win the Le Mans 24 Hours 2017! No.2 comes back to win after major problems in the first half of the race. #LeMans24
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