Toyota Gazoo Racing secured their third consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, with the No. 8 car piloted by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima winning the 2020 edition of the event. With this, Toyota has successfully wrapped up the LMP1 World Endurance Championship, with one round still remaining in Bahrain.

No. 8 Toyota of Buemi, Hartley and Nakajima win 24 Hours of Le Mans

United Autosports dominate in LMP2

Aston Martin win in GTE Pro and Am

COVID-19 forced the 24 Hours of Le Mans to be postponed this year. The event is already considered one of the most demanding tests of endurance and the September slot only made things more challenging for all the drivers, since they had to tackle more hours of night-time racing.

LMP1: Toyota’s hat-trick of wins at Le Mans

With Audi and Porsche pulling out of LMP1, Toyota was always expected to dominate this year’s event. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the team at Le Mans.

The No. 7 crew of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez – which started from pole – held on to the lead in the opening stages. With the sister No. 8 Toyota needing a brake change, the No. 7 car was leading the race by a lap. However, an issue with the exhaust manifold meant that they lost 30 minutes in the garage as the team replaced the car’s turbo. This dropped them to fourth place, while handing the No. 8 car the lead.

Buemi, Hartley and Nakajima were further helped by the fact that both the Rebellion cars suffered their own issues. With the conditions remaining dry throughout, the No. 8 Toyota comfortably crossed the line to win the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans – a fitting send-off for the TS050 Hybrid on what was its last outing at Le Mans, before the new hypercar category replaces LMP1 next year.

The No. 1 Rebellion of Bruno Senna, Norman Nato and Gustavo Menezes finished second, five laps behind the winning Toyota. Just when it seemed like Rebellion was going to bag a double podium finish, Louis Deletraz crashed the No. 3 car and had to pit for a new front end. The incident also handed the crew a 30sec time penalty, promoting the No. 7 Toyota to third place overall.

LMP2: United Autosports secure title

United Autosports continued their dominant run, with Paul Di Resta, Phil Hanson, and Filipe Albuquerque  (driving the No. 22 Oreca) securing the team’s fourth consecutive LMP2 win. With this, the British Privateer team has secured enough points to clinch the LMP2 title.

The No. 38 JOTA Sport Oreca of Antonio Felix da Costa, Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez remained on the winning car’s tail for much of the morning. But they were knocked out of winning contention when Davidson was forced to pit for fuel with just two laps to go.

With the No. 26 G-Drive Aurus Oreca suffering suspension damage in the closing stages, the No. 31 Panis Racing Oreca of Nico Jamin, Mathieu Vaxiviere and Julien Canal finished third in the category.

GTE Pro: Aston Martin defeat Ferrari

Ferrari and Aston Martin remained locked in a tight battle in the LMGTE Pro category. But the No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin and Harry Tincknell gained the upper hand and took home the winner’s trophy.

Last year’s Le Mans GTE Pro winners, Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Daniel Serra in the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo finished just 1 min 33 secs behind, in second place. The No. 95 Vantage of Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen and Richard Westbrook finished in third place, giving Aston Martin a double podium finish – handing the team it best-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans results.

GTE Am: Aston Martin triumph again

Topping off what had been a great day for Aston Martin, the marquee’s customer team TF Sport ended up winning in the LMGTE Am category.

The No.90 Vantage AMR of Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood and Jonny Adam enjoyed a nearly flawless race and finished 49sec ahead of the No.77 Dempsey Proton Porsche of Christian Ried, Riccardo Pera and Matt Campbell. The No.83 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO of Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Nicklas Nielsen finished just 3sec behind.

 

2020 24 Hours of Le Mans results:

POS

CLASS

CAR

DRIVERS

LAPS

GAP

1

LMP1

#8 Toyota

Buemi, Nakajima, Hartley

387

 

2

LMP1

#1 Rebellion

Senna, Nato, Menezes

382

+ 5 Laps

3

LMP1

#7 Toyota

Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez

381

+ 6 Laps

4

LMP1

#3 Rebellion

Dumas, Berthon, Deletraz

381

+ 39.408s

5

LMP2

#22 Oreca

Hanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta

370

+ 17 Laps

6

LMP2

#38 Oreca

Davidson, Da Costa, Gonzalez

370

+ 32.831s

7

LMP2

#31 Oreca

Jamin, Canal, Vaxiviere

368

+ 19 Laps

8

LMP2

#36 Alpine

Negrao, Ragues, Laurent

367

+ 20 Laps

9

LMP2

#26 Aurus

Rusinov, Vergne, Jensen

367

+ 57.578s

10

LMP2

#28 Oreca

Lafargue, Chatin, Bradley

366

+ 21 Laps

11

LMP2

#42 Oreca

Lapierre, Borga, Coigny

365

+ 22 Laps

12

LMP2

#25 Oreca

Falb, Trummer, McMurry

365

+ 1m31.640s

13

LMP2

#50 Oreca

Calderon, Florsch, Visser

364

+ 23 Laps

14

LMP2

#47 Dallara

Lacorte, Belicchi, Sernagiotto

363

+ 24 Laps

15

LMP2

#17 Oreca

Pilet, Tilley, Kennard

363

+ 51.762s

16

LMP2

#27 Oreca

Hedman, Hanley, Van der Zande

361

+ 26 Laps

17

LMP2

#32 Oreca

Owen, Brundle, Van Uitert

359

+ 28 Laps

18

LMP2

#35 Ligier

Yamanaka, Foster, Merhi

351

+ 36 Laps

19

LMP2

#29 Oreca

Van Eerd, Van der Garde, De Vries

349

+ 38 Laps

20

GTE Pro

#97 Aston

Martin, Lynn, Tincknell

346

+ 41 Laps

21

GTE Pro

#51 Ferrari

Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra

346

+ 1m33.164s

22

GTE Pro

#95 Aston

Thiim, Sorensen, Westbrook

343

+ 44 Laps

23

GTE Pro

#82 Ferrari

Pla, Bourdais, Gounon

339

+ 48 Laps

24

GTE Am

#90 Aston

Yoluc, Eastwood, Adam

339

+ 1m33.407s

25

GTE Am

#77 Porsche

Ried, Pera, Campbell

339

+ 2m23.159s

26

GTE Am

#83 Ferrari

Perrodo, Collard, Nielsen

339

+ 2m26.206s

27

GTE Am

#56 Porsche

Perfetti, Ten Voorde, Cairoli

339

+ 2m34.526s

28

LMP2

#24 Oreca

Grist, Kapadia, Wells

338

+ 49 Laps

29

GTE Am

#86 Porsche

Wainwright, Barker, Watson

337

+ 50 Laps

30

GTE Am

#66 Ferrari

Heistand, Root, Magnussen

335

+ 52 Laps

31

GTE Pro

#91 Porsche

Bruni, Lietz, Makowiecki

335

+ 6.187s

32

GTE Am

#61 Ferrari

Piovanetti, Negri Jr., Ledogar

335

+ 2m49.871s

33

GTE Am

#98 Aston

Dalla Lana, Gunn, Farfus

333

+ 54 Laps

34

GTE Am

#85 Ferrari

Gostner, Frey, Gatting

332

+ 55 Laps

35

GTE Pro

#92 Porsche

Christensen, Estre, Vanthoor

331

+ 56 Laps

36

GTE Am

#99 Porsche

Inthraphuvasak, Legeret, Andlauer

331

+ 1m23.705s

37

GTE Am

#60 Ferrari

Schiavoni, Pianezzola, Ruberti

331

+ 2m58.825s

38

GTE Am

#78 Porsche

Felbermayr, Beretta, Van Splunteren

330

+ 57 Laps

39

GTE Am

#54 Ferrari

Flohr, Castellacci, Fisichella

330

+ 1m11.360s

40

GTE Am

#57 Porsche

Keating, Fraga, Bleekemolen

326

+ 61 Laps

41

LMP2

#34 Ligier

Smiechowski, Binder, Isaakyan

325

+ 62 Laps

42

GTE Am

#62 Ferrari

Grimes, Mowlem, Hollings

325

+ 24.638s

43

GTE Am

#89 Porsche

Brooks, Piguet, Laskaratos

313

+ 74 Laps

44

LMP2

#39 Oreca

Allen, Capillaire, Milesi

357

+ 30 Laps

45

GTE Pro

#71 Ferrari

Rigon, Molina, Bird

340

+ 47 Laps

46

GTE Am

#72 Ferrari

Chen, Blomqvist, Gomes

273

+ 114 Laps

47

GTE Am

#88 Porsche

Preining, Bastien, De Leener

238

+ 149 Laps

48

GTE Am

#75 Ferrari

Mastronardi, Cressoni, Piccini

211

+ 176 Laps

49

LMP2

#37 Oreca

Tung, Aubry, Stevens

141

+ 246 Laps

50

LMP2

#21 Oreca

Montoya, Buret, Rojas

192

+ 195 Laps

51

GTE Pro

#63 Ferrari

Macneil, Vilander, Segal

185

+ 202 Laps

52

GTE Am

#70 Ferrari

Kimura, Abril, Cozzolino

172

+ 215 Laps

53

LMP2

#16 Aurus

Cullen, Jarvis, Tandy

105

+ 282 Laps

54

LMP2

#30 Oreca

Hirschi, Tereschenko, Gommendy

100

+ 287 Laps

55

LMP1

#4 ENSO

Dillmann, Spengler, Webb

97

+ 290 Laps

56

LMP2

#33 Oreca

Yamashita, Patterson, Fjordbach

88

+ 299 Laps

57

GTE Am

#52 Ferrari

Ulrich, Gorig, West

80

+ 307 Laps

58

GTE Am

#55 Ferrari

Cameron, Scott, Griffin

78

+ 309 Laps

59

LMP2

#11 Ligier

Tambay, Maris, D’Ansembourg

26

+ 361 Laps

 

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