Ferrari ends 58-year wait to win 24 Hours of Le Mans in chaotic Centenary event

“The approach on our part was to run at low risk. I wanted to learn from this, finishing the race and a podium would have been an advantage. I didn’t expect to win and from the first lap the car was fantastic. The last hour was very tense. I have never been so stressed in my entire life. The amount of people here, the red around the circuit is really something special and I feel very grateful to be part of this program. I’ve won it twice with GT, but there’s something different about winning it outright and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”

Toyota lost control at Le Mans

Ferrari’s victory, on the centenary of the first edition of the race, prevented Toyota from equaling the Italian brand’s record of six consecutive victories between 1960 and 1965. The Japanese manufacturer lost car number 7 on Saturday evening when Kamui Kobayashi slowed down due to an accident ahead. and was hit from behind by two cars.

The sister car of Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Hirakawa had suffered damage and engine temperatures had risen, but the team managed to repair the car at the next stop. However, they were unable to keep up with the Ferrari and admitted that they were overdriving the car trying to keep up.

Hirakawa was given the order to chase the Ferrari in the final two hours, but a driving error pushed him into the barriers and eased the pressure on Pier Guidi as he crossed the finish line.

Completing the podium were the English Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook, who shared their Cadillac with the New Zealander Earl Bamber.

Results of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023

General ranking

1. Ferrari AF Corse (James Calado, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alessandro Pier Guidi), Hypercar – 342 laps
2. Toyota Gazoo Racing (Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa), Hypercar +1:21.793
3. Cadillac Racing (Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Richard Westbrook), Hypercar + 1 lap
4. Cadillac Racing (Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon), Hypercar + 2 laps
5. Ferrari AF Corse (Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina, Nicklas Nielsen), Hypercar + 5 laps
6. Glickenhaus Racing (Romain Dumas, Olivier Pla, Ryan Briscoe), Hypercar + 7 laps
7. Glickenhaus Racing (Nathanael Berthon, Esteban Gutierrez, Franck Mailleux), Hypercar + 9 laps
8. Peugeot TotalEnergies (Paul Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen, Jean-Eric Vergne), Hypercar + 12 laps
9. Porsche Penske Motorsport (Dane Cameron, Michael Christensen, Frederic Makowiecki), Hypercar + 13 laps
10. Inter Europol Competition (Albert Costa, Fabio Scherer, Jakub Smiechowski), LMP2 + 14 laps

LMP2 results

1. Inter Europol Competition (Albert Costa, Fabio Scherer, Jakub Smiechowski) + 14 laps
2. Team WRT (Rui Andrade, Louis Deletraz, Robert Kubica) + 14 laps
3. Duqueine Team (Neel Jani, Rene Binder, Nicolas Pino) ​​+ 15 laps
4. Alpine Elf Team (Matthieu Vaxiviere, Julien Canal, Charles Milesi) + 15 laps
5. Team WRT (Sean Galael, Ferdinand Habsburg, Robin Frijns) + 15 laps
6. IDEC Sport (Paul-Loup Chatin, Laurents Horr, Paul Lafargue) + 15 laps
7. Vector Sport (Gabriel Aubry, Ryan Cullen, Matthias Kaiser) + 17 laps
8. United Autosports (Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis, Josh Pierson) + 19 laps
9. Alpine Elf Team (Olli Caldwell, Andre Negrao, Memo Rojas) + 20 laps
10. Algarve Pro Racing (James Allen, Colin Braun, George Kurtz) + 20 laps

GTE Am results

1. Corvette Racing (Nicky Catsburg, Ben Keating, Nicholas Verrone) + 29 laps
2. Ort by TF (Ahmad Al Harthy, Michael Dinan, Charles Eastwood) +30 laps
3. GR Racing (Benjamin Barker, Roccardo Pera, Michael Wainwright) +30 laps
4. Iron Dames (Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting) +30 laps
5. AF Corse (Francesco Castellacci, Thomas Flohr, Davide Rigon) +30 laps
6. Northwest AMR (Ian James, Daniel Mancinelli, Alex Riberas) +32 laps
7. Project 1 – AO (Matteo Cairoli, PJ Hyett, Gunnas Jeannette) +33 laps
8. Walkenhorst Motorsport (Andrew Haryanto, Chandler Hull, Jeff Segal) +35 laps
9. Kessel Racing (Kei Cozzolino, Yorikatsu Tsujiko, Naoki Yokomizo) +39 laps
10. Kessel Racing (Scott Huffaker, Takeshi Kimura, Daniel Serra) +88 laps

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