It’s been precisely 25 years since any Japanese manufacturer has taken the crown at the prestigious 24 Hour Le Mans endurance race. Back then it was Mazda and their legendary 787B rotary-powered fighting machine back in 1991 who took the glory. But since then, the race has always been dominated by european outfits, like Audi for instance. With the return of Toyota in 2012 and their long-awaited victory since, this year’s race seemed promising for the Japanese team until the inevitable happened.

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LMP1 class, Toyota TS050 Hybrid #5 Drivers Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.

Toyota’s Unfortunate Loss

Toyota with their class leading TS050 Hybrids set the pace for majority of the race, putting the race favourite German rivals, Porsche on their toes until the final minutes. At that moment Porsche took over leaving Toyota watching in shock, as their number #5 TS050 suffered a complete power loss in the last 5 minutes down the pit straight. That being said, this wasn’t over for Toyota as their second car makes a mighty comeback after spinning out earlier on; managing to scoop up second place.

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb

LMP1 Class, Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 Drivers: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb

Staggering Finish Down The Road

This wasn’t the only dramatic finish for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford celebrated a sensational victory in the LM GTE Class with their new Ford GT campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing. A victory longed for by the American outfit. It’s been 50 years since Ford’s dominating win in Le Mans with their legendary GT40s.

Ford GT wins class at 24 Hours of Le Mans

LM GTE Class, Ford GT Campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing

If you haven’t yet, check out the highlight video of the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race above!
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