Toyota Gazoo Cruises, Glickenhaus makes the podium


After a long, and for many contenders, a star-studded night and day, as the 24 Hours of Le Mans drew to a close at 4pm (local time), the question was: Could Toyota, JOTA, Porsche and do TF Sport get to the checkered flag without a problem? They did, and there were no last lap battles for the lead.

Toyota had a blessed race with only minor issues and, as expected, took a Hypercar one-two and a fifth consecutive overall victory. The biggest surprise, and perhaps the only one, was that the American privateer Glickenhaus 007 ran a spectacular race, with one having to climb almost the entire LMP2 field after a suspension failure to return to fourth place.

The fact that Glickenhaus scored a legitimate podium finish, four laps behind the winning Toyota, is a huge achievement, the first time an American designed and built car has done so since 1969.


Overall victory went to the No. 8 Toyota with Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa sharing driving duties.

“It was a big responsibility but also a great feeling to take qualifying, to take pole position and also to finish the race, I think it’s the first time I’ve done that,” Toyota Gazoo’s Hartley said. “Yes, I was overwhelmed with emotions when I crossed the line. During the whole race you try not to think about the end. We have all seen what can happen in the last laps even in the last few years, four or five years ago with Toyota. . So really crossing that line, all the emotions come out.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing celebrates on the victory stand on Sunday.

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Buemi was equally emotional after the overall victory.

“It’s hard for me to talk right now,” Buemi said. “It’s an amazing feeling, especially with Ryō and Brendon. It’s the second time with Brendon, but Ryō joined us this year, so to be able to win it the first time we race together is amazing. He’s done an amazing job and me.” I would like to commend him very much for the work he has done.

“Obviously the team, our team has done a fantastic job as well. And we did the job on the car as well, we didn’t make any mistakes, we didn’t damage the car, so it’s an amazing feeling and it’s going to get better.” take a little time until it settles, you know. It’s hard to realize what we achieved today.”

Hirakawa became the fifth Japanese driver to win the 24 Hours.

“To join this legend, to be honest, I still can’t believe we’ve realized my dream,” Hirakawa said. “Yes, my dream came true. I hope there is more to come to catch up with these legends.”

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The No. 38 JOTA entry of Antonio Félix da Costa, Roberto González and Will Stevens finished first in LMP2.

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Jota’s No. 38 car dominated LMP2 near the end and took a well-deserved class victory and fifth place overall ahead of the No. 9 car Prema Orlen and teammate No. 28 Jota in third. Penske’s No. 5 car, entered largely to gain experience at Le Mans, often ran in the top three and ultimately settled for a top-10 position. Josh Pierson, the 16-year-old hoping to become the youngest driver in Le Mans history, finished sixth in his class in the United Autosports number 23.

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The No. 91 911 RSR-19 Porsche GT Team of Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki topped the LMGTE Pro field.

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In LM GTE Pro, the two Corvettes qualified at the top and led through the first quarter until mechanical disaster struck. In the end, Porsche and two Ferraris would form the podium, with the No. 91 Porsche on the top step. The Corvettes would finish last and next to last in the class. In fifth place was the American Bee Safe Ferrari entry, led by veteran Bill Riley.

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The No. 33 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves and Marco Sorensen won in LMGTE Am.

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The No. 33 TF Sport, with American factory driver Ben Keating in an Aston Martin, took the LM GTE Am title with consistent performance and excellent pit strategy. Second was the No. 79 American WeatherTech Porsche driven by Cooper MacNeil, which led much of the race in its class. They both finished on the same lap.

It was a comparatively uneventful race, with the obligatory crashes but none that serious, commendable considering the fact that there were 50 rookies in the field of 186 drivers. The two Toyotas did 380 laps, it’s not a record but it’s not far from it.

Keating finally gets his trophy

In his eighth trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Texas car dealer Ben Keating finally has a class win under his belt, with a solid win in the LM GTE Am class. Keating came close several years ago by winning the class in his personally owned Ford GT, only to have the victory stripped from him due to several relatively minor technical infractions. It was the last year of Ford GT racing at Le Mans, and the cars were carefully scrutinized after the race.

After last year’s second place, TF Sport improved by winning the LMGTE Am title in the No. 33 Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Keating, invited as IMSA Award winner Jim Trueman, finally has his title at Le Mans after winning in the LMP2 class at the IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year.

It was also the first Le Mans victory for Denmark’s Marco Sørensen (third in 2020 with Aston Martin Racing) and Portuguese rookie Henrique Chaves. They were followed home by longtime race leader WeatherTech Racing’s (Cooper MacNeil/Julien Andlauer/Thomas Merrill) No. 79 Porsche 911 RSR-19, and Northwest AMR’s No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage AMR. (Paul Dalla Lana/David Pittard/Nicki Thiim).

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top finishers


  1. No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi, Ryo Hirakawa), 380 laps
  2. No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez), +2:01.22
  3. No. 709 Glickenhaus Racing (Ryan Briscoe, Franck Mailleux, Richard Westbrook), +5 laps
  4. No. 708 Glickenhaus Racing (Pipo Dirani, Romain Dumas, Olivier Pla), +10 laps
  5. No. 36 Alpine Elf Team (Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao, Matthieu Vaxiviere), +18 laps
    1. LMP2

      1. No. 38 JOTA (Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez, Will Stevens)
      2. No. 9 Team Prema Orlen (Lorenzo Colombo, Luis Deletraz, Robert Kubica)
      3. #28 JOTA (Jonathan Aberdein, Ed Jones, Oliver Rasmussen)
      4. #13 TDS Racing X Vaillante (Mathias Beche, Tijmen van der Helm, Nyck de Vries)
      5. No. 5 Team Penske (Dane Cameron, Emmanuel Collard, Felipe Nasr)
      6. No. 23 United Autosports USA (Oliver James, Alex Lynn, Josh Pierson)
      7. No. 37 Cool Racing (Niklas Krutten, Ricky Taylor, Ye Yifei)
      8. No. 48 IDEC Sport (Paul-Loup Chatin, Paul Lafargue, Patrick Pilet)
      9. No. 1 Richard Mille Racing Team (Charles Milesi, Sebastien Ogier, Lilou Waddoux)
      10. No. 22 United Autosports USA (Philip Albuquerque, Philip Hanson, Will Owen)
      11. No. 32 WRT Team (Rolf Ineichen, Laurens Vanthoor, Mirko Bortolotti)
      12. No. 65 Panis Racing (Julien Canal, Nico Jamin, Job van Uitert)
        1. LMGTE Pro

          1. Porsche GT Team No. 91 (Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz, Frederic Makowiecki)
          2. No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari (James Calado Alessandro Pier Guidi, Daniel Serra)
          3. No. 52 AF Corse Ferrari (Antonio Fucco, Miguel Molina, David Rigon)
          4. Porsche GT Team No. 92 (Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor)
          5. #74 Riley Motorsports Ferrari (Sam Bird, Felipe Fraga, Shane van Gisbergen)
          6. Corvette Racing No. 64 (Tommy Milner, Alexander Sims, Nick Tandy)
          7. No. 63 Corvette Racing (Nicky Catsburg, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor)
            1. LMGTE Am

              1. #33 TF Sport Aston Martin (Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves, Marco Sorensen)
              2. No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche (Julien Andlauer, Cooper MacNeil, Thomas Merrill)
              3. No. 98 Northwest AMR Aston Martin (Paul Della Lana, David Pittard, Nicki Thiim)
              4. No. 86 GR Racing Porche (Ben Parker, Ricardo Pera, Michael Wainwright)
              5. No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche (Jan Heylen Fred Poordad, Maxwell Root)
              6. No. 54 AF Corse Ferrari (Nick Cassidy, Francesco Castellacci, Thomas Flohr)
              7. No. 85 Iron Dames Ferrari (Sarah Bovy, Rachel Frey, Michelle Gatting)
              8. No. 21 AF Corse Ferrari (Simon Mann, Christph Ulrich, Toni Vilander)
              9. No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari (Vincent Abril, Conrad Grunewald, Louis Prette)
              10. #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari (Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin, David Perel)
              11. No. 99 Hardpoint Motorsport Porsche (Andrew Hayanto, Alessio Picariello Martin Rump)
              12. No. 57 Kessel Racing Ferrari (Mikkel Jensen, Takeshi Kimura, Frederik Schandorff)
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