Champions Porsche won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in dramatic fashion on Sunday, after rivals Toyota suffered a heartbreaking car failure that gave away their lead on the very last lap at Circuit de la Sarthe in France.

Holding first place for much of the race, the no. 5 TS050 Hybrid with Kazuki Nakajima at the wheel had a sudden loss of power. Nakajima was set to start his penultimate lap en route to a famous victory, but was helpless as he struggled round the 13.6-kilometre track in a 11minutes 53seconds lap, which exceeds the regulations’ maximum of six minutes.

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The car, which he shared with Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi, was therefore unclassified.

Eventually taking the victory in the 84th edition of the world’s most famous race was the no. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb.

They won after completing 384 laps to capture a second consecutive victory overall at Le Mans as well as in the LMP1 class.

24 Hours of Le Mans Victory no18 for Porsche
24 Hours of Le Mans Victory no18 for Porsche

Jani said after the race:

“I feel heartbroken for the Toyota drivers, I think every racing driver knows how this feels like.”

“I still have no words to describe winning the 24 hours of Le Mans. This is really surreal. Still we drove a very good race with very few mistakes and pushed the car to the maximum. This win is really, really special.”

The no. 6 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway were runners-up after finishing three laps behind, while the Audi was able to maintain its record of always finishing on the podium since its debut at Le Mans in 1999. They took third with the no. 8 R18 of Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis, finishing 12 laps back.

Other categories

Finishing fifth overall and winning the LMP2 category were Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi, this year contributing to a superb result for the Signatech Alpine team.

In the LMGTE Pro class, it was Ford securing a triumphant victory on its return to Le Mans. Clinching first place was the no. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT of Dirk Müller, Joey Hand and Sébastien Bourdais.

In LMGTE Am class, the victory went to the no. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia of Jeff Segal, Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell.

Full results

PosClassDriverTeamCarGap
1LMP1R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.LiebPorsche TeamPorsche24h00m38.449s
2LMP1S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.KobayashiToyota Gazoo RacingToyota3 Laps
3LMP1L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.JarvisAudi Sport Team JoestAudi12 Laps
4LMP1M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.TreluyerAudi Sport Team JoestAudi17 Laps
5LMP2G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.RichelmiSignatech AlpineAlpine/Nissan27 Laps
6LMP2R.Rusinov, W.Stevens, R.RastG-Drive RacingORECA/Nissan27 Laps
7LMP2V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.LadyginSMP RacingBR Engineering/Nissan31 Laps
8LMP2N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.KaneStrakka RacingGibson/Nissan33 Laps
9LMP2P.Jun Jin, T.Gommendy, N.de BruijnEurasia MotorsportORECA/Nissan36 Laps
10LMP2M.Rojas, J.Canal, N.BerthonGreaves MotorsportLigier/Nissan36 Laps
11LMP2N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.AleshinSMP RacingBR Engineering/Nissan37 Laps
12LMP2F.Barthez, P-L.Chatin, T.BuretPanis Barthez CompetitionLigier/Nissan37 Laps
13LMP1T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.HartleyPorsche TeamPorsche38 Laps
14LMP2J.Pew, O.Negri, L.VanthoorMichael Shank RacingLigier/HPD39 Laps
15LMP2R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.AlbuquerqueRGR Sport by MorandLigier/Nissan40 Laps
16LMP2S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van OverbeekExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/Nissan43 Laps
17LMP2M.Munemann, C.Hoy, A.PizzitolaAlgarve Pro RacingLigier/Nissan43 Laps
18GTE ProJ.Hand, D.Muller, S.BourdaisFord Chip Ganassi Team USAFord44 Laps
19GTE ProG.Fisichella, T.Vilander, M.MalucelliRisi CompetizioneFerrari44 Laps
20GTE ProR.Briscoe, R.Westbrook, S.DixonFord Chip Ganassi Team USAFord44 Laps
21GTE ProO.Pla, S.Mucke, B.JohnsonFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord45 Laps
22LMP2T.Krohn, N.Jonsson, J.BarbosaKrohn RacingLigier/Nissan46 Laps
23GTE ProN.Thiim, M.Sorensen, D.TurnerAston Martin RacingAston Martin46 Laps
24GTE ProR.Stanaway, F.Rees, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin47 Laps
25GTE ProJ.Magnussen, A.Garcia, R.TaylorCorvette RacingChevrolet48 Laps
26GTE AmB.Sweedler, T.Bell, J.SegalScuderia CorsaFerrari53 Laps
27GTE AmF.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.AguasAF CorseFerrari53 Laps
28GTE AmK.Al Qubaisi, D.Hansson, P.LongAbu Dhabi-Proton RacingPorsche54 Laps
29LMP1N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, N.Piquet Jr.Rebellion RacingRebellion/AER54 Laps
30GTE AmW.Sun Mok, K.Sawa, R.BellClearwater RacingFerrari55 Laps
31GTE ProR.Lietz, M.Christensen, P.EngDempsey Racing - ProtonPorsche55 Laps
32LMP2V.Capillaire, E.Maris, J.ColemanSo24 ! By Lombard RacingLigier/Judd56 Laps
33GTE AmM.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.BarkerGulf Racing UKPorsche56 Laps
34LMP2B.Keating, J.Bleekemolen, M.GoossensMurphy PrototypesORECA/Nissan61 Laps
35GTE AmJ.Laursen, M.Mac, C.NielsenFormula RacingFerrari65 Laps
36GTE AmA.Howard, L.Griffin, G.HirschAston Martin RacingAston Martin66 Laps
37GTE AmY.Yamagishi, P.Ragues, J-P.BellocLarbre CompetitionChevrolet68 Laps
38InnovF.Sausset, C.Tinseau, J-B.BouvetSRT41 By Oak RacingMorgan/Nissan69 Laps
39GTE AmJ.O'Connell, O.Bryant, M.PattersonTeam AAIChevrolet78 Laps
40GTE ProM.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord78 Laps
41GTE ProC.Ried, W.Henzler, J.CamathiasKCMGPorsche84 Laps
42LMP2R.Dalziel, L.Derani, C.CummingExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/Nissan87 Laps
43GTE AmD.Cameron, M.Griffin, A.ScottAF CorseFerrari95 Laps
44LMP2N.Leutwiler, S.Nakano, J.WinslowRace PerformanceORECA/Judd95 Laps
-LMP1A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyotaNot classified
-LMP2I.Taittinger, R.Striebig, L.RousselPegasus RacingMorgan/NissanRetirement
-LMP2T.Graves, M.Rao, R.MerhiManorORECA/NissanRetirement
-GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston MartinRetirement
-LMP2P.Thiriet, M.Beche, R.HirakawaThiriet by TDS RacingORECA/NissanRetirement
-LMP2D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.PanciaticiBaxi DC Racing AlpineAlpine/NissanRetirement
-LMP2S.Dolan, J.Dennis, G.van der GardeG-Drive RacingGibson/NissanRetirement
-GTE ProO.Gavin, T.Milner, J.TaylorCorvette RacingChevroletRetirement
-LMP1S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.KafferByKOLLES Racing TeamCLM/AERRetirement
-LMP1M.Tuscher, A.Imperatori, D.KraihamerRebellion RacingRebellion/AERRetirement
-GTE ProG.Bruni, J.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrariRetirement
-GTE ProD.Rigon, S.Bird, A.BertoliniAF CorseFerrariRetirement
-GTE AmF.Makowiecki, E.Bamber, J.BergmeisterPorsche MotorsportPorscheRetirement
-GTE AmP.Pilet, K.Estre, N.TandyPorsche MotorsportPorscheRetirement
-LMP2T.Matsuda, M.Howson, R.BradleyKCMGORECA/NissanRetirement
-GTE AmC.MacNeil, L.Keen, M.MillerProton CompetitionPorscheRetirement

The 24 Hours of Le Mans was the third round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. Action resumes with round four in Germany with the 6 Hours of Nurburgring on July 24.

The season has nine rounds in all, with the finale set to be the 6 Hours of Bahrain, hosted by Bahrain International Circuit on November 19.

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