Toyota wins the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Find the complete summary of the race and the general classification.
The 90th edition did not wait to intensify. Right from the start, the United Autosports #22 went off the road after being squeezed into the peloton. The LMP2 #31 of the WRT team is sanctioned with a stop & go for having caused the collision of the first lap in the Dunlop curve.
But this incident on the first lap gave false hope to a race that promised to be intense at the time! Starting in the lead, the two Toyotas quickly widened the gap on the rest of the field and in the Hypercar category. Author of an average start, the Alpine found itself struggling behind the two Glickenhaus.
After 2h30 of testing, the race has more than 2,700 overruns. But the show is quite different, turning at times to soporific. At this stage, only the battles between Alpine and the two Glickenhaus or those between the LMP2 animate the event.
More drama for Alpine… an overshoot drops them down the order further 😔
— 24 Hours of Le Mans (@24hoursoflemans) June 11, 2022
Renowned for its reliability, the Alpine A480 is unrecognizable. The car of crew #36 is plagued by mechanical problems and loses precious time stuck in its pit. After 6 hours of racing, the tricolor prototype is only 27th in the general classification and is more than 4 laps behind the Toyotas.
Nightfall appeared to be the breaking point of tranquility for the pilots. The #708 Glickenhaus (Hypercar) and #63 Corvette (GTE Pro) had suspension issues. While the famous actor Michael Fassbender discovered the reality of racing at night on the roads of Sarthe during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Meanwhile, Toyota isn’t content to make it to the finish and take another win. The two Japanese crews are racing towards a demonstration to crush the competition and bring the two prototypes back to the first two places at the finish.
😱 OOH BOOM!
— Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) June 11, 2022
Unfortunately, the Alpine failed to catch up overnight. On the contrary, the Signatech crew led by Philippe Sinault continued to crumble under mechanical problems. In the early morning, the Negrao, Lapierre and Vaxivière crew was in 18th place, 11 laps behind the Toyotas.
But the ordeal does not stop there. Matthieu Vaxivière tries to overtake a latecomer, but goes too wide in the trajectory of the Esses Porsche and ends up losing grip on the rubber balls. The A480 was heavily hit, but still managed to get back on the runway. The objective is now to cover 70% of the distance of the Toyota in order to score points for the championship.
Fatigue reaches even the best. Toyota GR010 #8 also has a mechanical problem. The hybrid system seems to be questioned. After a long stint in the pits, José-Maria Lopez sets out again but with the concern of seeing his car let go of him at the end of the race, like the 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
The shocking image of the morning goes to Corvette (GTE Pro). The #64 car clashes at high speed with the #83 Oreca (LMP2). After taking pole and dominating most of the race, the American GT ended its adventure in the wall.
💔Heartbreak for the #64 Corvette
It was all getting a bit tight down the Mulsanne – with the prototype pushing the LMGTE Pro leaders into the barriers.
— 24 Hours of Le Mans (@24hoursoflemans) June 12, 2022
4 hours from the end of the race, Robin Frijns (Oreca #31 LMP2) made a mistake and caused the first race neutralization for about 30 minutes. The Dutchman finally decides to give up. The damage is too great on his prototype. Following the intervention of the safety car, the gap between the #51 Ferrari and the #91 Porsche narrowed considerably. The race is relaunched in the GTE Pro category.
Logically, the two Toyotas (#8 in front of #7) far outweigh the rest of the field. The surprise goes to the Glickenhaus #709 which manages to win the brand’s first podium on the Sarthe circuit. The American crew notably benefited from the misadventures of the Alpine, which finished 23rd overall.
- #8 – Toyota GR010 – Buemi, Hartley, Hirakawa (380 laps)
- #7 – Toyota GR010 – Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez (+2’01”)
- #709 – Glickenhaus 007 – Briscoe, Westbrook, Mailleux (+ 5 laps)
- #708 – Glickenhaus 007 – Pla, Dumas, Derani (+10 laps)
- #36 – Alpine A480 – Negrão, Lapierre, Vaxiviere (+18 laps)
- #38 – Oreca 07 Jota – Gonzalez, Felix da Costa, Stevens (369 laps)
- #9 – Oreca 07 Prema Orlen Team – Kubica, Deletraz, Colombo (+2’21”)
- #28 – Oreca 07 TDS Racing X Vaillante – de Vries, Beche, van Der Helm (+ 1 lap’)
- #91 – Porsche 911 RSR – Bruni, Lietz, Makowiecki (350 laps)
- #51 – Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse – Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra (+42”)
- #52 – Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse – Molina, Fuoco, Rigon (+ 1 lap)
- #33 – Aston Martin Vantage TF Sport – Keating, Chaves, Sorensen (343 laps)
- #79 – Porsche 911 RSR Weathertech – MacNeil, Andlauer, Merrill (+44”)
- #98 – Aston Martin Vantage Northwest AMR – Dalla Lana, Pittard, Thiim (+ 1 lap)
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