Toyota secured its fifth consecutive victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa took the chequered flag in dominant fashion.
The #8 Toyota finished two minutes clear of sister car, the #7 Toyota, driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway.
Hypercar rivals, Glickenhaus and Alpine, never really threatened either crew, with Toyota’s only real worry coming when Lopez stopped on track just shy of the 16-hour mark.
After performing a full power cycle of the front hybrid system, he rejoined the race but lost a lap in the process.
“It’s hard for me to speak right now. It’s an amazing feeling, especially with Ryo and Brendon,” Buemi said. “It’s the second one with Brendon, but Ryo joined us this year, so to be able to win it the first time we race together is amazing.
“He’s done an amazing job and I’d like to praise him very much for the job he’s done. Obviously, the team, our crew have done a fantastic job as well.
“And we did the job as well in the car, we didn’t do any mistakes, we did not damage the car so it’s an amazing feeling and it’s going to take a little bit of time until it sinks in, you know. It’s hard to realise what we achieved today.”
The victory is the fourth of Bourdain’s career, with Hartley adding a third to his resume. As for Hirakawa, it’s his first win in three attempts. It’s also Toyota’s fifth win a row, which matches Audi’s run of victories from 2004 to 2008 and 2010 to 2014.
Porsche hold the all-time record with seven wins between 1981 and 1987, followed by Ferrari’s six in the 1960’s.
Rounding out the podium was the #709 Glickenhaus 007 LMH of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Franck Mailleux, who finished five laps down of the leaders.
Porsche survive the chaos
All the cars in the LM GTE Pro class suffered some sort of problem, with the #91 Porsche of Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki eventually coming out on top.
Behind them, the #51 Ferrari and #52 Ferrari rounded out the podium, with the Italian manufacturer managing to surprise everyone and land two cars on the podium.
Buemi, Hartley e Hirakawa son los ganadores de las 24 Horas de Le Mans 2022.YOAN VALATEFE
In the LMP2 category, the #38 Jota dominated from start to finish as Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez and Will Stevens set themselves apart from the rest of the field.
As for the GTE Am, the #33 Aston Martin of Henrique Chaves, Ben Keating and Marco Sorensen beat out Porsche and Ferrari to the chequered flag.
Race resultsLe Mans24 Hours 2022