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The 8 below was punted off the road and down to the back of the field by a Glickenhaus on the first racing lap in initially wet conditions, needed damage repairs in the night and later had the worst of fuelling issues that afflicted both cars and forced ever-shorter stints between stops. Kobayashi, Conway and Lopez won by two laps over Buemi, Nakajima and Hartley, although both cars pitted with 10 minutes to go in what appeared to be a photo opportunity for Toyota to finish both cars together. The next-best car was four laps down on the winner and two behind the 8. The restricted Rebellion LMP1 car now running as an Alpine badged Hypercar, and the lead entry from American underdog Glickenhaus, staged a close race throughout the 24 hours, with the 36 Alpine emerging on top for third overall and the two Glickenhaus cars completing the outright top five.
With a motorsports history as rich as Porsche'sit's difficult to find a year where the German automaker isn't celebrating some sort of anniversary of a racing triumph, but this year marks quite a big one. When the edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans rolls around next week on Sept.
Indeed, Porsche didn't rest on its laurels and tout its 24 Hours of Le Mans win ad nauseum and ad infinitum. Porsche instead returned to the small French town every year since in some form or another, whether in a factory-backed prototype or via a scrappy privateer effort. Since its first participation—and first subsequent class win—inPorsche displays a stunning 19 overall victories and 87 individual class wins on its trophy shelf.
Ahead of the marque's fight for an anniversary class win in the edition of the race, we thought it prudent to take a look back at Porsche and the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the road to 50 years. Porsche needed 19 years from its first 24 Hours of Le Mans outing to claim an overall victory in the race, but that doesn't mean it didn't spend plenty of time on the podium along the way.
Through all of the s and the earlier portions of the s, Porsche swept class wins, first with the basic SL. It then gained notoriety as a reliable class winner in a selection of s, s, and s, all while privateer s continued to quietly claim lower class victories. Porsche began to ificantly ramp up its 24 Hours of Le Mans efforts in the later part of the s, claiming class dominance in legendary cars like the,andwith a clear evolution seen in Porsche prototypes as its efforts eventually all converged with the indomitable All the while, the then-new Porsche claimed its rightful place in motorsports history as a 24 Hours of Le Mans regular, showing up first in for a class win with a singular privateer-run S, and eventually proliferating through the field to the edition of the race that saw 21 individual s in various forms sitting on the starting grid.
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In addition, fans will be able to view special content prior to and during the Le Mans weekend—part of a vast array of more than 3, hours of content available on the MotorTrend App. The then claimed a one-two overall finish in the race, before the FIA's fear of both spiraling speeds, power, and the looming threat of Porsche dominance led it to reduce the engine-size limit inknocking the unbeatable out of contention. The Porschepositioned as the much-delayed successor to theclaimed overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in, andsandwiching another overall win in by the mighty K5.
The paved the way mechanically for the subsequent dictatorship of the Porsche that kicked off in with a one-two-three finish. Of course, Porsche's quick decision to open up the order books for privateer s resulted in the Le Mans field being filled with a wild 11 separate s. When the checkered flag fell, s held the top eight positions.
The continued to rack up first-place finishes through andwhen it was subsequently replaced by the similarly domineering for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car took both the overall win and second place in its first outing, followed home by s in the third through sixth finishing positions.
The following year,was the Porsche's final overall Le Mans 24 victory until the mids.
With Porsche participation down across the board in the early s, the German automaker didn't log so much as a Le Mans class win until This changed in when Porsche entered the once again, this time with support by Dauer. How strange?
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After changes to IMSA regulations, the WSC was rendered instantly obsolete in that series, but Joest Racing convinced Porsche to let the team have a crack at the following year's running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, fronting the money and personnel support to do so. At the same time, Porsche was preparing the successful Porsche GT1 program for the racing season, ending up finishing first in its class and second overall at Le Mans after the aforementioned WSC car. As we've seen before, just because Porsche isn't competing in one of the top classes doesn't mean it isn't winning.
For the better part of the s, privateers racked up class wins in GT3 variantswhile Porsche mostly stayed out of factory-backed efforts until the late s, when the excellent RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype claimed a series of major wins around the world. After a hiatus of major LMP1 efforts during the s and early s, Porsche announced its plan to tackle the 24 Hours of Le Mans once again, this time competing in the LMP1 Hybrid class that sits at the very top of the field.
After an 11th-place finish at Le Mans inthe returned triumphant in for a one-two finish, leading to another win in and Its latest job done, Porsche discontinued the Hybrid program to refocus its efforts on Formula E. Close Ad. MotorTrend.
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