Finally it was the Toyota 7

Kobayashi, López and Conway finally win the great race. In GTE Pro, García was 2nd and Molina 5th, and bad luck for Merhi in LMP2.


If the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most prestigious and vibrant event in the WEC, this time it had one more condition: the rain. The meteorological situation predicted a rough exit, and so it was. After a launched start, the Toyota 8, driven by Buemi, crashed into one of the GlickenHaus and was off the track. It was Alpine's opportunity to prevent a new double from Toyota, but it was not possible, the Toyota 7 trio made up of Conway, Kobayashi and López finally managed to beat 8 (Buemi, Nakajima and Hartley), after three years watching how luck eluded them.

It is the second double of the season for the Japanese, as it happened in Portimao. When the rain disappeared, the Toyota 8 regained its rhythm and moved into second place. During the first hours there was an alternation of positions between the two Toyota, but another exit by Buemi left the 7 with the open track and it was seen that it is the strongest car of the moment. It is the first victory of the Toyota Gazoo Racing 7 at the La Sarthe circuit.

Both cars of the Japanese brand left us one of the anecdotes of the race. With 10 minutes to go, they pitted to share the last minutes of the event and take the victory walk. Alpine's # 36 (Negrao, Lapierre and Vaxiviere) closed the podium at Le Mans. With the victory, the Toyota 7 takes the lead in the Endurance World Cup with 121 points, followed by 8 with 111 and the Alpine 36 closes as third place with 90.

Antonio García, second in GTE Pro

In the Spanish representation, Antonio García with Corvette Racing achieved a great second place in the LMGTE Pro category. The Madrid native made a great comeback from the last place in his class, where he fought with Miguel Molina for the victory. Too bad that the AF Corse driver, when he was alternating with the other car of the brand, suffered a puncture in the right front wheel and said goodbye to his chances of victory and podium. He finished fifth.

Roberto Merhi, in LMP2, made us dream during the first hours. After the rough start, the Spaniard placed first in his category, the illusion did not last long when Rui Andrade went off the line and crashed into the wall. After the accident the # 25 of G-Drive had to abandon the race. He finished 22nd in the standings.

Tragic end for Kubica in LMP2

The category in which Merhi participated, was one of the most rugged. If at the beginning of the race the rain raged and left Merhi first, a small storm at five hours of competition, left us one of the images of the race. Richard Mille's # 1, a team driven by three female drivers, had a serious accident with the G-Drive # 26 involving Nyck De Vries. The car driven at that time by Sophia Floersch was defenestrated and left us an image where the pilot communicated with a mobile phone from the car to ensure that she was well.

If that was one of the images of the day, the last one was the most painful. On the last lap, # 41 of Team WRT, with Robert Kubica at the controls, was going to take the victory and the double along with # 31, driven by Frijns. The Oreca 07-Gibson stopped completely and left faces of circumstance in the Polish box. Frijns got an unexpected victory and the # 41 stayed until outside the podium. In the last category, the LMGTE Am, the winner was AF Corse car # 83 driven by Perrodo, Nielsen and Rovera.

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