Daniel Lloyd  |    |   0  |  18 June 2017

Porsche wins 24H Le Mans as LMP2 cars complete podium

Porsche has won the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans following a drama-filled race that saw all but two of the LMP1 runners retire.

Timo Bernhard took the chequered flag one lap ahead of Ho-Pin Tung in the LMP2-class Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07, which scored a remarkable podium finish by outlasting the more powerful LMP1s.

Tung led until the end of the penultimate hour, when Bernhard caught and passed the Chinese driver on the run down to Mulsanne Corner having recovered from a deficit caused by an early hybrid issue.

Bernhard, who won Le Mans in 2010 with Audi, lifted the trophy with team-mates Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley.

The result marked the first triumph at the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe for Hartley, while Bamber celebrated his second victory from three attempts.

Joining Tung on the second step of the podium were former Audi LMP1 driver Oliver Jarvis and 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who was the youngest driver in this year's race.

The Jackie Chan car, run by British squad Jota Sport, led much of the final six hours after the once-leading #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid retired with engine trouble in the 21st hour.

Andre Lotterer was coasting the car home with a 19 lap lead to the next-placed car, but lost drive heading down the pit straight and pulled off part-way through his crawl back to base.

Other incidents knocked out the other key LMP1 runners, including the #7 Toyota TS050 which broke the qualifying lap record on Thursday.

Kamui Kobayashi, the author of that record-breaking effort, encountered a clutch problem following the first of three safety car periods during the 10th hour.

Shortly afterwards, the team's #9 entry, which was next in line but a lap down, retired when Nicolas Lapierre clashed with a Manor-entered ORECA LMP2 at the Dunlop Chicane.

That left the #1 Porsche to rule the night alone, following the early hybrid issue for the German manufacturer's sister car and a similar problem for the #8 Toyota, which came through in ninth overall.

Completing the podium was the #13 Rebellion Racing ORECA 07 of Nelson Piquet Jr, David Heinemeier Hansson and Mathias Beche, which lost its class advantage through a recurring starter problem.

In fourth was the sister Jackie Chan DC Racing car, ahead of the #35 Signatech Alpine which was running fourth until Andre Negrao went off at Mulsanne in the final hour.

Adam gives Aston last-gasp GTE-Pro win

The battle for GTE-Pro honours boiled down to the final lap, with Jonny Adam overtaking Corvette driver Jordan Taylor to seal victory for Aston Martin Racing.

Adam started the final stint one second behind Taylor, who got the jump in the final round pit stops.

The order almost changed when Adam lunged down the inside at Indianapolis, but the Scottish driver out-braked himself and allowed Taylor to break.

But when Taylor missed his own braking point at the second Mulsanne chicane, Adam closed in again and slipped past in front of the main grandstands.

Taylor, whose tyres were already fading, incurred a puncture on the final lap and dropped to third behind the Ford GT driven by Harry Tincknell, Andy Priaulx and Pipo Derani.

In GTE-Am, British squad JMW Motorsport dominated with Dries Vanthoor, Will Stevens and Rob Smith winning by a margin of one minute.

JMW took the lead under the cover of darkness after the #98 Aston Martin Vantage encountered a puncture followed by a drive-through penalty for a pit infringement, which collectively cost three laps.

# No Team Driver Driver Driver Class Laps Gap
1 2 Porsche LMP Team Timo BERNHARD Earl BAMBER Brendon HARTLEY LMP1 350  
2 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Ho-Pin TUNG Thomas LAURENT Oliver JARVIS LMP2 350 1'33.056
3 35 Signatech Alpine Matmut Nelson PANCIATICI Pierre RAGUES André NEGRÃO LMP2 348 2 Laps
4 13 Vaillante Rebellion Nelson PIQUET JR David HEINEMEIER HANSSON Mathias BECHE LMP2 347 3 Laps
5 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing David CHENG Tristan GOMMENDY Alex BRUNDLE LMP2 347 3 Laps
6 32 United Autosports Will OWEN Hugo DE SADELEER Filipe ALBUQUERQUE LMP2 345 5 Laps
7 24 CEFC Manor TRS Racing Tor GRAVES Jonathan HIRSCHI Jean-Eric VERGNE LMP2 344 6 Laps
8 40 Graff James ALLEN Franck MATELLI Richard BRADLEY LMP2 344 6 Laps
9 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Sébastien BUEMI Anthony DAVIDSON Kazuki NAKAJIMA LMP1 341 9 Laps
10 47 Cetilar Villorba Corse Roberto LACORTE Giorgio SERNAGIOTTO Andrea BELICCHI LMP2 338 12 Laps
11 34 Tockwith Motorsports Nigel MOORE Philip HANSON Karun CHANDHOK LMP2 335 15 Laps
12 36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Romain DUMAS Gustavo MENEZES Matthew RAO LMP2 335 15 Laps
13 17 Idec Sport Racing Patrice LAFARGUE Paul LAFARGUE David ZOLLINGER LMP2 329 21 Laps
14 29 Racing Team Nederland Jan LAMMERS Frits VAN EERD Rubens BARRICHELLO LMP2 329 21 Laps
15 21 Dragonspeed - 10 Star Henrik HEDMAN Ben HANLEY Felix ROSENQVIST LMP2 327 23 Laps
16 33 Eurasia Motorsport Jacques NICOLET Pierre NICOLET Erik MARIS LMP2 326 24 Laps
17 97 Aston Martin Racing Darren TURNER Jonathan ADAM Daniel SERRA LMGTE Pro 325 25 Laps
18 63 Corvette Racing - GM Jan MAGNUSSEN Antonio GARCIA Jordan TAYLOR LMGTE Pro 325 25 Laps
19 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Andy PRIAULX Harry TINCKNELL Luis Felipe DERANI LMGTE Pro 324 26 Laps
20 91 Porsche GT Team Richard LIETZ Frédéric MAKOWIECKI Patrick PILET LMGTE Pro 324 26 Laps
21 71 AF Corse Davide RIGON Sam BIRD Miguel MOLINA LMGTE Pro 324 26 Laps
22 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Joey HAND Dirk MÜLLER Tony KANAAN LMGTE Pro 324 26 Laps
23 31 Vaillante Rebellion Nicolas PROST Julien CANAL Bruno SENNA LMP2 323 27 Laps
24 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ryan BRISCOE Richard WESTBROOK Scott DIXON LMGTE Pro 322 28 Laps
25 64 Corvette Racing - GM Oliver GAVIN Tommy MILNER Marcel FÄSSLER LMGTE Pro 319 31 Laps
26 95 Aston Martin Racing Nicki THIIM Marco SØRENSEN Richie STANAWAY LMGTE Pro 319 31 Laps
27 84 JMW Motorsport Robert SMITH Will STEVENS Dries VANTHOOR LMGTE Am 318 32 Laps
28 55 Spirit of Race Duncan CAMERON Aaron SCOTT Marco CIOCI LMGTE Am 317 33 Laps
29 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Stefan MÜCKE Olivier PLA Billy JOHNSON LMGTE Pro 317 33 Laps
30 62 Scuderia Corsa Cooper MACNEIL William SWEEDLER Townsend BELL LMGTE Am 316 34 Laps
31 99 Beechdean AMR Andrew HOWARD Ross GUNN Oliver BRYANT LMGTE Am 315 35 Laps
32 61 Clearwater Racing Weng Sun MOK Keita SAWA Matt GRIFFIN LMGTE Am 315 35 Laps
33 77 Dempsey - Proton Racing Christian RIED Matteo CAIROLI Marvin DIENST LMGTE Am 315 35 Laps
34 45 Algarve Pro Racing Mark PATTERSON Matthew MCMURRY Vincent CAPILLAIRE LMP2 314 36 Laps
35 90 TF Sport Salih YOLUC Euan HANKEY Rob BELL LMGTE Am 314 36 Laps
36 98 Aston Martin Racing Paul DALLA LANA Pedro LAMY Mathias LAUDA LMGTE Am 314 36 Laps
37 93 Proton Competition Patrick LONG Abdulaziz AL FAISAL Michael HEDLUND LMGTE Am 314 36 Laps
38 27 SMP Racing Mikhail ALESHIN Sergey SIROTKIN Victor SHAITAR LMP2 314 36 Laps
39 86 Gulf Racing UK Michael WAINWRIGHT Benjamin BARKER Nicholas FOSTER LMGTE Am 313 37 Laps
40 60 Clearwater Racing Richard WEE Hiroki KATOH Alvaro PARENTE LMGTE Am 313 37 Laps
41 22 G-Drive Racing Memo ROJAS Ryo HIRAKAWA Jose GUTIERREZ LMP2 312 38 Laps
42 54 Spirit of Race Thomas FLOHR Francesco CASTELLACCI Olivier BERETTA LMGTE Am 312 38 Laps
43 65 Scuderia Corsa Christina NIELSEN Alessandro BALZAN Bret CURTIS LMGTE Am 308 42 Laps
44 83 DH Racing Tracy KROHN Niclas JÖNSSON Andrea BERTOLINI LMGTE Am 306 44 Laps
45 51 AF Corse James CALADO Alessandro PIER GUIDI Michele RUGOLO LMGTE Pro 302 48 Laps
46 39 Graff Enzo GUIBBERT Eric TROUILLET James WINSLOW LMP2 302 48 Laps
47 49 Arc Bratislava Miroslav KONOPKA Konstantin CALKO Rik BREUKERS LMP2 298 52 Laps
48 43 Keating Motorsports Ben KEATING Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN Ricky TAYLOR LMP2 297 53 Laps
49 50 Larbre Competition Fernando REES Romain BRANDELA Christian PHILIPPON LMGTE Am 294 56 Laps
50 1 Porsche LMP Team Neel JANI André LOTTERER Nick TANDY LMP1 318 32 Laps
51 23 Panis Barthez Competition Fabien BARTHEZ Timothé BURET Nathanaël BERTHON LMP2 296 54 Laps
52 28 TDS Racing François PERRODO Matthieu VAXIVIERE Emmanuel COLLARD LMP2 213 137 Laps
53 92 Porsche GT Team Michael CHRISTENSEN Kevin ESTRE Dirk WERNER LMGTE Pro 179 171 Laps
54 9 Toyota Gazoo Racing Nicolas LAPIERRE Yuji KUNIMOTO Jose Maria LOPEZ LMP1 160 190 Laps
55 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Mike CONWAY Kamui KOBAYASHI Stéphane SARRAZIN LMP1 154 196 Laps
56 25 CEFC Manor TRS Racing Roberto GONZALEZ Simon TRUMMER Vitaly PETROV LMP2 152 198 Laps
57 82 Risi Competizione Toni VILANDER Giancarlo FISICHELLA Pierre KAFFER LMGTE Pro 72 278 Laps
58 26 G-Drive Racing Roman RUSINOV Pierre THIRIET Alex LYNN LMP2 20 330 Laps
59 88 Proton Competition Klaus BACHLER Stéphane LEMERET Khaled AL QUBAISI LMGTE Am 18 332 Laps
60 4 Bykolles Racing Team Oliver WEBB Dominik KRAIHAMER Marco BONANOMI LMP1 7 343 Laps

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