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The 8 below was punted off the road and down to the back of the field by a Glickenhaus on the first racing lap in initially wet conditions, needed damage repairs in the night and later had the worst of fuelling issues that afflicted both cars and forced ever-shorter stints between stops.
Kobayashi, Conway and Lopez won by two laps over Buemi, Nakajima and Hartley, although both cars pitted with 10 minutes to go in what appeared to be a photo opportunity for Toyota to finish both cars together.
The next-best car was four laps down on the winner and two behind the 8. The restricted Rebellion LMP1 car now running as an Alpine badged Hypercar, and the lead entry from American underdog Glickenhaus, staged a close race throughout the 24 hours, with the 36 Alpine emerging on top for third overall and the two Glickenhaus cars completing the outright top five. The atech-run Alpine project is very much a toe-in-the-water bid to trigger a fully-fledged Alpine Hypercar entry. News that Alpine was carrying out a pre-race parade at Le Mans including a Formula 1 car demo with Alonso raised hopes that programme would be announced this weekend, but no news was forthcoming.
Not that Le Mans is going to be short of manufacturers in the coming years — which is just as well considering how long the race has suffered from a lack of opposition for Toyota. But its chances of attracting wider interest will increase enormously over the coming years as first Peugeot in and then Ferrari, Audi and Porsche in take advantage of the Hypercar rules to launch new programmes — with Alpine far from the only brand rumoured to be ing them.
The 41 car above had plenty of pedigree with Robert Kubica and Formula 2 race winner Louis Deletraz, but the third driver of the trio Yifei Ye is relatively new to sportscar racing and delivered a strong performance on his Le Mans debut.
The sister car above of Formula E ace Robin Frijns, Ferdinand Habsburg and Charles Milesi had to use an inflatable air jack to service that car but was just over half a minute off the 41 when that car stopped. Frijns inherited the lead and had to hold off the Jota car of Tom Blomqvist who closed in from over two seconds behind but came up 0.
Ferrari was in commanding form in GTE Pro — a class that has dwindled during the last two years over the coronavirus pandemic — for much of the event, until a suspension problem dropped the second AF Corse car down the order. Audi's new Le Mans challenger will be built "in close cooperation" with fellow Volkswagen Group brand Porsche, the manufacturer has said. The Le Mans 24 Hours will be held later in the year for a second consecutive year, with organiser Automobile Club de l'Ouest having announced a postponement from June to August.
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Toyota wins fourth straight Le Mans 24 Hours