LE MANS 24 HOURS 2019

June 16-17

Prerace testing: Toyota fastest, LMP2 Orica, GT pro Corvette, Ferrari 488

Qualifying: Kobiayashi Pole Toyota, LMP2 Maldonardo Oreca, Ford in GT Pro Porsche in GT Am.

61 cars entered / 49 Finished / 47 classified (2 Fords excluded for fuel tank size infringements) / 8 safety cars

Practice: Toyota fastest

Qualifying: 3:15.497 Toyota fastest, Aston Martin GT3 fastest GT Pro 3:48, Oreca-Gibson fastest LMP2 3:25.345, GT Am Porsche911RSR 3:51.439

Weather mainly fine with only a little rain

SUMMARY :

89th running

Toyota No 7 lead for 23 hours then a tyre problem dropped them behind the Fernando Alonso (along with Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi) No. 8 car which won again for Toyota.

Alonso became World Champion. (as did Kazuki Nakajima & Sébastien Buemi)

Kazuki Nakajima is the first Japanese World Champion

The No 8 car could not get to No 7 but with an hour to go the Mike Conway car had 2 pit visits regarding a flat tyre but they changed the wrong rear in a sensor error.

LMP2 After 18 hours in the lead G-Drive racings Oreca badged as an Aurus was unable to fire up at a pit stop and the Alpine badged Oreca of Nicolas Lapierre pull into the lead it held to the end.

GT Pro was a race between Ferrari and Corvette with the decision on who wins by a 2 minute delay in the pit lane by the Corvette caused by a safety car enforced hold. So the AF Corse Ferrari won 70 years after the first Ferrari win. The Aston's chances were taken away by a balance of performance penalty.

GT Am was wone by a private run Ford GT but a day later they were disqualified.

Results: winner oa Toyota Hybred 385 laps (no record)

Gt am Porsche 333 laps

Gt pro Ferrari 342 laps

Lmp2 Signatech Alpine 367 laps

Lmp1 Toyota Hybred 385 laps

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