Le Mans 24 Hours Live Commentary and Updates

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By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Tom Howard, Haydn Cobb, James Newbold, Charles Bradley, Jamie Klein, Stephen Lickorish, Megan White

Summary


  • #7 Toyota finally wins the Le Mans 24 Hours with the #8 Toyota second and Alpine third
  • #41 WRT ORECA stops on the final lap, handing sister #31 car the LMP2 win by just 0.7s in unbelievable finish
  • Ferrari and AF Corse on top in GTE Pro (#51) and in GTE Am (#83)
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10:41 That concludes Autosport's live coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hours. It began with incident at the wet start and had the most dramatic of conclusions in LMP2. Thanks for joining us - we'll now catch up on sleep and should be back in just 10 months' time to do it all again. But be sure to check out all the reaction to this year's race on Autosport.com over the coming hours and days. Bye for now.
10:32 Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez now head out to celebrate and the national anthem of Japan is played. Toyota was always expected to win the first Le Mans 24 hours of the hypercar era - but, with Peugeot, Ferrari and more on the way - will it be the first of many?
10:30 The drivers now head out on to the podium - although runner-up Kazuki Nakajima is yet to join his team-mates!
10:26 LMH: For Conway, the win ends years of bad luck in the classic enduro. "We've come so close so many times and to get it done here with the new Hypercar as well [is special]," says Conway. "I was crying like a little girl. We worked so hard for this one and you forget how hard it is."
10:24 LMP2: Winning driver Robin Frijns struggled to believe what happened in the final few laps. "It's a very mixed feeling because I thought the race was done," he says. "We were leading three-quarters of the race and had an issue in the pitstops and the balance was all over the place. A Porsche then hit me on the left rear and I had no downforce. But I feel sorry for him [Ye in sister car]."
10:20 Read the full race report here: 

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota takes historic win with new Hypercar

10:13 Kobayashi is united with Conway and Lopez as they parade down the pit straight after taking an overdue win
10:11 LMP2: Let's have a rundown of that final LMP2 result after the late drama. 1 #31 WRT (Frijns, Habsburg, Milesi); 2 #28 Jota (Blomqvist, Gelael, Vandoorne) +0.727s; 3 #65 Panis Racing (Stevens, Allen, Canal); 4 #23 United Autosports (di Resta, Lynn, Boyd); 5 #34 Inter Europol (Brundle, van der Zande, Smiechowski).

That late misery for the #41 WRT car also means it has the double blow of not being classified as it wasn't running at the flag - and therefore misses out on a podium
10:07 Instead of pulling straight into parc ferme, the cars have been circulating for an extra lap to pay tribute to the marshals that have helped this year's race happen.
10:06 LMH: A word must also go to the Alpine and Glickenhaus squads. For each to finish within four laps of the lead Toyota is a remarkable achievement and they enjoyed impressive reliability in the toughest of tests.
10:05 So, the late LMP2 drama took the attention away from the Hypercar class but it was a well-earned triumph for the #7 Toyota crew. Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez have finally won the Le Mans 24 Hours. The #7 Toyota has had all the bad luck over the years but the roles were reversed this time.
10:04 AF Corse's #83 took the win in GTE Am, with TF Sport's #33 in second and the #80 Iron Lynx in third.
10:03 The #51 AF Corse takes the GTE Pro win, with the #63 of Corvette Racing in second and Porsche's #92 rounding off the podium.
10:02 And, amid all the drama at the end, WRT almost lost the LMP2 win with the #31 car too, Blomqvist closing to just 0.7s at the finish! What a remarkable conclusion to this race.
10:01 Toyota knows that devastating feeling all to well. But not this year. The #7 heads the #8 across the line to complete a 1-2 for Toyota in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
10:00 And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why Le Mans remains the ultimate challenge. NOTHING is ever guaranteed. Heartbreak for Ye, Deletraz and Kubica.
09:59 LMP2: There are all sorts of emotions in the WRT garage as while the #41 side is devastated it's the #31 that takes over the lead.
09:58 And this is incredible the #41 has ground to a halt from the lead of LMP2!
09:57 LMH: Kobayashi heads over the line and we're onto the final lap!
09:57 LMH: The cameras cut to the Toyota garage and there are already tears in the eyes of Jose Maria Lopez as he's on course for his first Le Mans win.
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