Monday, June 18, 2018

Toyota wins Le Mans for the first time

History has finally made at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which is part of the 2018-2019 WEC Superseason as Toyota Gazoo Racing proudly waved the Japanese flag by honoring their first ever Le Mans win in history.

Toyota wins Le Mans for the first time

The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050, piloted by Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso, Formula E driver Sebastien Buemi, and Kazuki Nakajima, made a historic victory at Le Mans while the #7 TS050 managed to place 2nd place with a lap behind it. This marks the second time a Japanese carmaker won Le Mans since the legendary Mazda 787B and the first time a Japanese driver became part of the Le Mans-winning team.

The #3 Rebellion Racing became the only non-hybrid LMP1 car to join the podium after finishing 3rd.

Behind Toyota's historic victory, the #26 G-Drive Racing, driven by Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizztola, and TECHEETAH Formula E driver Jean-Eric Vergne, won the LMP2 class while the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut placed 2nd and the #39 39 Graff-S024 team placed 3rd.

Porsche remains the king of Le Mans, only in GTE Pro class, with their pink-colored #92 Porsche GT won the class followed by the #91 Porsche GT team and the #68 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. In the GTE Am class meanwhile, the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Team 911 RSR won the class while the #54 Spirit of Race 488 GTE placed 2nd and the #85 Keating Motorsports 488 GTE placed 3rd.

Congratulations to Toyota Gazoo Racing for becoming the second Japanese carmaker in history to win Le Mans!

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