Mike
Conway

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At a glance

  • 2nd in WEC 2018/19
  • 2nd at Le Mans
  • Part of crew that led 336 of 385 laps at Le Mans
  • Two WEC wins in 2019
  • Four further podiums
Mike Conway

When is Mike Conway going to win the Le Mans 24 Hours? The Toyota curse that deprived the Briton, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez of a clear victory shot at the French endurance race in 2017 struck again this year when they looked home and dry with a shade over an hour left on the clock.

It would have been a thoroughly deserving victory for a trio that had Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the sister Toyota TS050 HYBRID, quite frankly, licked. It was a dominant performance, anchored by Conway, that should have yielded the biggest prize in sportscar racing.

Conway was superlative throughout the race. He topped the averages at Le Mans by whatever metric you want to choose - 10 laps, 20 laps, right up to 100 laps. And he bagged fastest race lap to boot. It was a masterful display from a driver who was also on the top of his game when the new World Endurance Championship season began at Silverstone in September.

It has been written in previous iterations of this list that Conway just keeps on getting better. On the evidence of key races this year, it still appears to be the case.

Mike Conway

The Toyota take on Conway

Vasselon on Conway's best traits

Pascal Vasselon, technical director of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, describes Conway "as one of our best drivers for sure". Understandably, he won't go further than that: "Don't ask me to list them in order."

"He ticks all the boxes of a good endurance driver," continues the Frenchman. "He is quick, consistent and doesn't make mistakes. He's very easy going, but still very precise in his feedback. He's not the one banging the table."

And is Conway still getting better? "In the last few years he has developed into one of our best drivers," says Vasselon. "He's on a very good path. That's all I can say."