Porsche win 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours race
Source : Porsche win 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours race
Hulkenburg, Bamber in addition to Tandy take a historic win for Porsche at Le Sarthe
Porsche took a stunning, historic victory from the 83rd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours as Formula 1 star in addition to race debutant Nico Hulkenberg helped take the German any’s 17th win from the famous French race.
Hulkenberg, joined by fellow rookie Earl Bamber in addition to one of the stars of the race, Nick Tandy, produced a virtually flawless performance from the #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid to see off a determined challenge through Audi Sport as well as their own team-mates to secure the win in only the second year since Porsche returned to top-flight prototype racing with the two-litre V4-engined Hybrid.
The victory came on the 45th anniversary of Porsche’s first win at Le Mans in 1970, when Hans Hermann in addition to Richard Attwood famously won from the today iconic red in addition to white 917K. in which also marked 17 years since Porsche last won the race.
For Hulkenberg, in which was a dream debut as he became the first contemporary F1 driver to win since Johnny Herbert in addition to Bertrand Gachot won with Mazda in 1991 in addition to along with Kiwi Bamber, the first debutant to win at Le Mans since Laurent Aiello triumphed for Porsche in 1998.
The #19 machine led for more than half the race in addition to by sunrise had a two-minute advantage over team-mates Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley in addition to former winner Timo Bernhard from the #17 car (painted in tribute colours to the 917). By in which stage Audi’s trio of R18 e-tron quattros had already run in to various problems.
Toyota meanwhile was bereft of the pace in which made in which such a potent force in 2014.
Porsche began the week which has a pace advantage over its key factory rivals Audi in addition to Toyota. Indeed Neel Jani set a record 3m16.877s pole time in which represented the sixth fastest lap of all time around the legendary La Sarthe circuit – in addition to the fastest of all since chicances were installed on the Mulsanne straight.
from the race however the Audis were much closer to Porsche in addition to indeed the #7 R18 e-tron Quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer in addition to Marcel Fassler had battled past the 919 Hybrids in addition to into the lead by the second hour. Not only in which Audi devised a way to make its Michelin tyres last four stints which allowed them to counter Porsche’s speed, as the 919s were lasting three stops.
although in which never definitely played out for Audi as Lotterer stopped out of sequence which has a puncture through in which lead in addition to then Loic Duval crashed the sister #8 Audi heavily in traffic at the run in to Indianapolis corner. Remarkably the automobile was repaired in under four minutes, while the guardrail replacement took rather longer, causing a long safety car period.
in which balance of power swayed between #17 in addition to #19 Porsches in addition to the #9 in addition to #7 Audis, until the turning point came at around half distance as Porsche switched to quadruple stinting its drivers from the colder temperatures, diminishing Audi’s tyre advantage.
in which, along with stellar stints through Hulkenberg in addition to Tandy during the night, as well as one-minute stop-in addition to-go for the next closest Porsche of Webber, put the #19 into a lead in which would likely control to the end.
Audi’s three-time Le Mans winning #7 crew took third though not without more problems, which blighted all three Audi cars.
Last year’s challengers Toyota were never definitely from the race competitively, in addition to in a race which has a remarkably high finishing rate among the top factory entries, could manage no better than sixth in addition to eighth positions.
Nissan, whose unique front-engined GT-R LM Nismo prototype has turned heads since its unveiling could clearly not match the pace of the conventional machines. in which was partially due to well-documented issues with its hybrid power delivery in addition to partially due to a lack of track time. although still the team brought one car to the finish after a catalogue of problems for all three GTRs.
Nissan did taste victory however as its engine powered the Oreca 05 of KCMG in which dominated the LMP2 class from the hands of Richard Bradley, Matthew Howson in addition to Nicolas Lapierre.
Chevrolet’s Corvette scored an emotional win from the GTE Pro class after a tough week in which saw the team have to withdraw one of its two C7.Rs because of a massive accident for Jan Magnussen from the Porsche Curves during qualifying.
The battle for GT was pitched, in addition to at one point or another Aston Martin, Ferrari in addition to Corvette all held sway. although with all three Astons hitting problems in addition to the leading AF Corse being forced to stop through the lead with gearbox problems from the last couple of hours, the #64 Chevrolet C7.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner in addition to Jordan Taylor came through to win. from the case of the Briton, in which was his fifth class win for the any.
Aston Martin came extremely close to securing a consolation win in GTE AM, although Paul Dalla Lama crashed out of the lead from the Ford chicane as the track dampened in a late rain shower handing the win to Ferrari with the SMP Racing team.
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