Let’s give a round of applause to Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber for surprising a lot of people as they made the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid last until the end of the 24 Hour Le Mans after a long stop in the garage during the fourth hour of the race to replace the front axle motor. This victory marks Porsche’s 19th Le Mans 24 Hour win. In fact, they were just one of the two LMP1 cars that made it to the finish.
An LMP2 car, the #38 DC Racing Oreca 07 that was driven by Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent came in second. Many thought that the #38 would be the champion after the Porsche’s mishap at the 21st hour with an oil pressure issue. However, the Jota Sport run isn’t just strong enough to take over the power of the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. In under two hours, Bernhard managed to take the lead getting itself back on track. To make things even more interesting, the Porsche circulated around 13 seconds a lap quicker than the Oreca. Like Bernhard, this is the second time Bamber won at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, while for Hartley, this would be his first ever victory at La Sarthe.
Though the #38 DC Racing LMP2 did not make it to the first place, they still came first in its class, and they did quite well just finishing one lap behind the LMP1 Porsche. The last time a secondary class came in the top three was back in 2005. This win also marks Jota Sport’s second class win.
Let’s not forgot the third placer, that is the #13 Rebellion Oreca lead by Nelson Piquet Jr, David Heinemeier Hansson and Mathias Beche. Like everybody else, the #13 had a misfortune when it served a stop-and-go penalty after its collision with #49 ARC Bratislava at Dunlop. Luckily, they were able to quickly recover, and with only 40 minutes remaining, they overtook the #35 Signatech Alpine after it went off at Arnage.
After having forced to pit for repairs, Andre Negrao recovered and finally came in fifth, just a lap after #37 Oreca 07 with Alex Brundle, David Cheng and Tristan Gommendy behind the wheel. It’s the same team that took the final podium in the LMP2 class.
Sixth on the ranking would be the #32 Ligier JSP 217, following #40 and #24 that are a pair of Oreca 07s. The #08 Toyota TS050 Hybrid came in ninth place, and for the tenth spot, was #47 Dallara P217, which came 14 laps after.