Remarkable 24 Hours of Le Mans Showdown
At the circuit Des 24 Heures du Mans – Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, Sarthe, France, the Japanese maker, Toyota Gazoo Racing bagged their fourth consecutive win . Since the withdrawal of Porsche from the endurance tournament 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota Gazoo Racing has been on the winning spree since 2018 and it’s only getting better. The introduction of LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) category to replace LMP1 cars (Le Mans Prototype) even made it better for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team as this year’s competition involved two different Toyota GR010 Hybrid hypercars and the table changing. 2021 24 hours of Le Mans was won by Toyota #7 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez behind the wheel in an emotional win after three years that it’s team mate had a triple treat although, Toyota Gazoo Racing team had the 1-2 position. In 2018, Toyota Gazoo Racing car #8: 1st, car #7: 2nd; 2019 car #8: 1st, car #7: 2nd; 2010 car #8: 1st, car #7: 3rd. It was a very emotional win for Toyota Gazoo Racing team and car #7 to finally make its win.
It was a heavy downpour to begin the 89th Le Mans race, so it was a slippery track that had the start making driving tricky. Early into the race Toyota GR010 car #8 driven by Sebastian Buemi had an early contact from #708 Glickenhaus 007 LMH that put him on the gravel for a while and when he had the control his car went off again for a restart having time loss. Two United autocars having a very serious collision with each other, was a surprising one just to end the race too early for the team with no car left in track. In the GTE PRO category it was a triple intense threat from Porsche, Ferrari and Corvette who had a serious drag in the wet track.
For the all female drivers team, Mille Richard Racing with Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Floersch and Beitske Visser , all hope was shattered early in the race with just six hours into the race. Sophia Floersch trying to evade a car that suddenly hit it’s brakes while she spun in had ORECA, as she was about getting into the race as her car was in the middle of the road, Racing Team India Eurasia car just went into her car crushing the race early. Sophia Floersch had to be taken to the medical centre were she came out fit. That was just the end of the race for the Mille Richard Racing team in LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype) category.
In the LMGTE PRO, Ferrari 488 GTE EVO won the category winning Corvette and Porsche behind to come 1st in the category and 20th overall. The serious wet conditions, as rain fell through the night and Corvette taken the position through the night and Ferrari reviving at day time like some magical spell was lifted to take the win.