New class, no problem. Toyota has won the 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the fourth consecutive year it has won Le Mans, and in the process scored the first-ever victory in the Hypercar class with its new GR010 Hybrid race car. All of the action of Le Mans for 2021 was once again available exclusively in the U.S. at the MotorTrend App.
The No. 7 car, piloted by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and José María López, was the winning team and were never really threatened, especially after No. 8 Toyota had a scrape with one of the other Hypercar class competitors of the American-based Team Glickenhaus early in the race. This is the first win for the Conway, Kobayashi, López trio after coming in second during their past three Le Mans outings.
Speaking of the American Hypercar effort, the Glickenhaus 007 cars finished fourth and fifth respectively, with the No. 708 car besting the No. 709 car by three laps, 367 to 364 laps respectively. Finishing third was the other Hypercar, the Renault-backed Alpine A480-Gibson driven by André Negrão, Nicolas Lapierrem, and Matthieu Vaxiviere.
The other American team on the grid, Corvette, in its first Le Mans with the new C8.R teams, were unable to unseat the AF Corse Ferrari in the LM GTE Pro class, with the No. 51 488 GTE Evo taking the class win. While the Corvette teams started strong and managed the inclement weather conditions at the start well, they were unable to match the consistency of the Ferrari over 24 hours.
With 25 cars entered, the LMP2 class was considered hard to handicap, and it turned out to be the case, with several top teams encountering troubles that come along with endurance racing and rainy French weather that can often lead to crashes. The No. 31 Team WRT driven by Robin Frijns, Ferdinand Habsburg, and Charles Milesi took the win after the fellow Team WRT No. 41 car, which was leading for most of the race, came to a heartbreaking stop just five minutes from the checkered flag.
Reigning WEC LMGTE AM champions François Perrodo and Nicklas Nielsen, who had yet to win at Le Mans, finally scored their first victory at Circuit de la Sarthe along with teammate Alessio Rovera driving a Ferrari 488 GTE EVO for the No. 83 AF Corse team.
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