The Le Mans 24 Hour is one of the worlds most famous races and one that drivers from every discipline dreams of winning. From top-flight LMP1 prototype machines to homologations and extreme testbeds, this event offers a huge variety for all motorsport fans. From dawn until dusk competitors duke it out on track, a true test of endurance. Not only must man function for such a duration, but machine also. Audi’s domination of WEC was brought to an end by Toyota last year, but the French race still remains a point of pride for them. However, this year another German manufacture claimed victory. Porsche wins 2015 Le Mans 24 Hour.
Winning in only their second year since their return to LMP1, the Porsche 919 Hybrid crossed the line first and second exactly 45 years since Porsche’s first Le Mans win. Car #19 piloted by F1 driver Nico Hulkenburg, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber took overall victory. Porsche #17 featuring Mark Webber came in just behind. Despite Audi’s best efforts, they did lead at one point, it was clear that the V4 919 had a pace advantage. #7 Audi R18 finished third with a puncture not helping things… The battle for tyre and fuel efficiency was key, but it was clear that Toyota’s LMP1 car was simply not fast enough.
The front wheel driver Nissan GT-R prototype couldn’t keep pace with the front runners and was also plagued with problems throughout. However, the Oreca LMP2 car which is powered by a Nissan engine did win its class.
In GT all three Aston Martins had issues and the leading Ferrari retired with a gearbox problem. This left the #64 Corvette C7.R the opportunity to win this class. “In order to finish first, first you have to finish.”
Congratulations to Porsche on a mega win!