Kobayashi and Toyota win the Le Mans 24-hour race.
The 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans ends with a one-two victory for Toyota – it is the fourth victory for the Japanese in a row. The trio of Kamui Kobayashi (Japan), Jose Maria Lopez (Argentina) and Mike Conway (Great Britain) prevailed over last year’s winners Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) and Brendon Hartley (New Zealand).
The Swiss Buemi and his team had to struggle with minor problems again and again: a collision immediately after the start of the race, vibrations in the vehicle or difficulties in using the tank capacity. So it’s only enough for second place.
Toyota was the favorite
The dominance of the Japanese does not come as a surprise, in the highest prototype class (hypercar) Toyota is represented as the only works team and thus clearly favored: Since the exits of Audi (2016) and Porsche (2017), the Japanese only have to deal with a few private teams trade fairs, this year there are only five hypercars at the start.
But that will change in 2023. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three heavyweights will return to the endurance race: Porsche (19 overall victories), Audi (13) and Ferrari (9) are the most successful brands in the history of the classic. (AFP / mam)