After 1,440 minutes, 370 laps, over 5,000km and 33 pit stops, Toyota’s number seven car’s trio of drivers finally came good after years of ill luck behind their sister car
Members of the Toyota racing team celebrate winning Le Mans yesterday. Pic/AP; PTI
The pole-sitting Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez claimed the Japanese manufacturer’s fourth straight Le Mans 24 Hour Race success on Sunday.
Toyota’s second car, with Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley sharing the driving, took second. After 1,440 minutes, 370 laps, over 5,000km and 33 pit stops, Toyota’s number seven car’s trio of drivers finally came good after years of ill luck behind their sister car.
In a neat touch Nakajima pitted behind Kobayashi in the leading car shortly before the finish to ensure they passed the line virtually in tandem, albeit with two laps separating them in the classification. In third, four laps adrift, came the elite Hypercar category rival Alpine of Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere.
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