Just because you schedule a regular-season Formula One race over the end of Le Mans doesn’t mean that F1 drivers aren’t going to ask about the result. Fortunately, Ferrari driver and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel thought to ask what happened to the Toyota Le Mans team in the middle of F1’s post-race press…
With 384 laps lodged in the 24 Hours of Le Mans live timing screen just like the winning No. 2 Porsche 919, many were wondering where the No. 5 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050—the one that led much of the race only to encounter trouble in the final heartbreaking minutes—was on the podium. We can all blame Le Mans’ fittingly…
With three minutes and 21 seconds to go, the leading No. 5 Toyota TS050 that was on pace to take the win came to a halt in front of the pits, ceding the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans lead to the No. 2 Porsche 919. It’s an unbelievable end for a car that was so reliable for the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of the race.
The No. 1 Porsche 919 that was contending for the lead earlier has now been wheeled into the garage with some kind of electrical issue. The floor is off, and now, it’s all up to the No. 2 919 to battle for the lead.
Say it with me now: U-S-A! U-S-A! In its first ever running at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the all-new Ford GT will start on pole and in second in the LM GTE Pro class.
Fifty years after the Ford GT40's original 24 Hours of Le Mans win, there’s a Ford back at the top of its class. Ford GTs were the two fastest cars in the LM GTE Pro class for the first of three Le Mans qualifying sessions. Two LMP1-H Porsche 919s qualified the fastest overall.
Porsche is the winningest manufacturer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The great Peter Leung put together all of those winning cars in infinitely-looping form.
No car in the top World Endurance Championship LMP1-H class went the entire 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps trouble-free. Fortunately, the No. 8 Audi’s biggest problem was relatively minor. Joining it in the top three was a limping Porsche and a car in the slower, non-manufacturer LMP1 class.
The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is a huge deal for World Endurance Championship fans, as teams often compete with third cars and Le Mans-specific kit for the first time. Porsche may not have a third car, but their Le Mans package works: they locked out the front row for this weekend’s race.
Brendon Hartley, a Porsche 919 racer with unusually good hair, received a formal reprimand for the big crash that took his No. 1 car out of the lead during the 6 Hours of Silverstone—and took the unsuspecting No. 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 out with him.
Modern endurance races have gotten a bit of a reputation as “really long sprint races” due to the reliability of the cars and the skill of the drivers. Just kidding! Only one of each manufacturer LMP1-class prototype remained in contention for the win in the last hour of the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
Please excuse me while I devolve into an assortment of adoring grunts and drool-splattered mumbles. Porsche just debuted their 2016 919 Le Mans prototype, and I still love this car.
There’s something about this immaculately clean and shiny 90-degree turbocharged V4 with its bright bubblegum-hued connectors and fittings that screams “Please stuff me into a 914.” This powered a very different P-car than the Chump racer you found in a field, though: Porsche’s Le Mans-winning 919.
Making your Le Mans prototype look like a speedboat shooting up a wake of tire smoke is probably going to leave a flat spot. Fortunately, that’s just what Porsche’s Romain Dumas was coming in for: tires and a driver change.
The 6 Hours of Shanghai provided an exciting challenge for the Porsche World Endurance Championship team, with the Porsche and Audi cars bunched together up front until conditions started to dry, and the Porsche 919s just ran away with it. Another 1-2 finish for Porsche sealed the championship for them.
The Triple Crown of Motorsport consists of the three most prestigious races in the world: the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Juan Pablo Montoya won Monaco in 2003 and the Indianapolis 500 twice, but still needs Le Mans. Looks like Porsche may step in and help with that.
If you missed the very start of the 6 Hours of Fuji, you didn’t miss much. It was so wet that they left the cars to circulate behind the safety car for about forty minutes. If you missed any part afterwards, you’re missing pure, unadulterated wet weather insanity. Marvel, for example, at this graceful twin pirouette.
Tonight, thanks to the Bathurst 1000, the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Fuji and shortly afterwards, the Formula One Russian Grand Prix, you can watch racing all night long. What’s it like to run in the fastest car from qualifying at Fuji, you ask? Ride along with the #17 Porsche 919 and find out.