What a lovely season finale in the USA: On the storied Road Atlanta circuit at the famous Petit Le Mans, Porsche pocketed its first ever well deserved victory at the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race in a dramatic style after Toyota (its lead competitor) relinquished the lead minutes from the end. Indeed it would be outright to say that Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy left their competitors far behind trailing in their wake!
Le Mans: Porsche obtains a dramatic win over Toyota
Toyota earlier appeared to be cruising to a landmark victory until unfortunately, its leading TS 050 hybrid suddenly stopped with lesser than 10 kilometers to the finish line. As Kazuki Nakajima suddenly halted on the start-finish line with a big mechanical mishap, Neel Jani ceased the opportunity to claim the prize during its final lap. Australian champ Jeromy Moore was lead of the ecstatic celebrations of the crew in Porsche’s pit.
In a report later, he exclaimed his joy saying that his victory at Le Mans is ten folds better than those at Bathurst which he earlier claimed with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes in V8 Supercars, and he obtained one at merely his second attempt. This historic victory serves as a perfect payback for Porsche after the 919 of Mark Webber’s sister was taken out of contention by a failure in water pump.
Ryan Briscoe, along with his Kiwi co-driver inside the Scott Dixon, came third in the GTE pro class and bagged 21st position overall in Fort GT.
Jeromy Moore was Australia’s main hope at the Le Mans 24-hour. It seems Mark Webber would have to wait for the next year to get his crack at the world’s largest endurance race because his Porsche 919 hybrid languished inside the garage at 2am (local time), still Moore managed to guide the other Porsche home with a victory.
The Twin Toyota 050 hybrids were running 1-2, with Sebastian Buemi just behind Mike Conway, and it seemed that the Japanese brand could only lose from here on. However, at the same time, the Moore car was without trouble in third and was well capable for delivering previous year’s victory by Porsche. Though there’s still no official word on the problems with Webber car, but it has been assumed to be a major failure in the V4 petrol engine of the car and not the hybrid system.
Mark Webber has had his fair share of heavy lifting of Porsche, thus keeping his car in well shape along with fighting to obtain the lead. He got a 35-lap leap at one point of time after taking the lead from Kiwi racer, Brendon Hartley. On the back, another fight was going on between Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Aston Martin in the GTE pro class. On the other hand, on the GTE Amateur class, sometimes the V8 supercars co-driver Pat Long lead with his Porsche.
Andre Lotterer could enjoy just two laps in the lead until he faced turbocharger trouble in the beginning stoush of this Le Mans 24-hour race. The three times winning Audi ace, became one of the top contenders to stop for slick tyres after being drenched in the rain. He, after instantly jumping to the lead, headed to the pits after 2 laps so as to change the turbocharger on the car’s engine.
Soon the young Kiwi bounced back to regain the front position and lapping shockingle quicker than Toyota. The Lotterer car came back into action after having lost 6 laps.
A lovely fact showing fan’s fever for the race was witnessed as despite it being a bad weather and torrential rains, a whooping number of spectators as much as 263,000 attended the race weekend.