After years of trying, and the heartbreak of coming close so many times before, Toyota has finally clinched an outright win at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The victory in the flagship LMP1 class came on the 20th time Toyota had entered the French classic event, and rewards the efforts of the prototype hybrid programme that first began in 2012.
With the two Toyota TS050 Hybrid racers having qualified first and second on the grid, expectations were high for the Japanese company to stand on the top of the podium. The absence of other major manufacturers also meant Toyota would ultimately be battling reliability and luck on route to glory.
It would be the number 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing car, driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso that would take the victory. The lead swapped between the number 8, and sister number 7 car, throughout the 24 hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and José María López would have to console themselves with second place.
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