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24 Hours LeMans - Ferrari Wins the Centenary Race

  Ferrari AF Corse has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary Trophy! 24 Hours of LeMans race started in the year 1923, and it has now comple...


Ferrari AF Corse has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary Trophy! 24 Hours of LeMans race started in the year 1923, and it has now completed the 100th year of this legendary marathon race.

In this grand race, the legendary Italian sports car manufacturer made its return to the premier league of endurance racing after a fifty-year absence, and has secured its tenth outright victory in the French classic, with its first back in 1965. Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado have claimed their first outright win to go with their LMGTE Pro triumph of 2019. This is the first Le Mans podium for Antonio Giovinazzi in his second appearance.

The one hundredth anniversary of the world’s greatest endurance race certainly lived up to its billing. Bumper crowds were treated to fascinating battles in every class with the outcome up in the air until the final stages.


The #51 Ferrari 499P Hypercar took to the challenge mounted by the #8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid. The first 12 hours saw the lead changing hands many times between these two. As many as 16 Hypercars started from the grid and led at some point during the opening stages. Affected by two heavy rain showers, things changed quickly.

The rain showers roped in a spate of accidents and race incidents, however the second half of the race turned into a tense two-horse race, with the #2 Cadillac V-Series.R hovering in the background at a distant but somewhat at a comfortable third spot.


Pos Car # Race Car Team Drivers Total Time/Laps
1 51 Ferrari 499P Ferrari AF Corse ­ Alessandro Pier Guidi / James Calado / Antonio Giovinazzi 342 laps
2 8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid Toyota Gazoo Racing Sébastien Buemi / Brendon Hartley / Ryō Hirakawa +1:21.273
3 2 Cadillac V-Series.R Cadillac Racing Earl Bamber / Alex Lynn / Richard Westbrook 341 laps

A splendid quadruple stint by Brendon Hartley kept the pressure on the three Ferrari AF Corse drivers – Pier Guidi, Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi –  in turn.

Unfortunately, Hartley’s teammate Ryō Hirakawa spun off into the barrier at Arnage with less than two hours to go. Despite a rapid two-minute repair, the gap to the leader stretched to over three minutes. Sébastien Buemi, the third member of the #8 line-up, will have to wait to secure a fifth outright Le Mans win that would elevate him to third place in the all-time rankings alongside Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela.

The Cadillac Racing Hypercars finished in third and fourth places after a solid, consistent race. The #2 Cadillac V-Series.R clinched the final podium spot for Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook.

The #50 Ferrari 499P that started the race in pole position finished in fifth place. Hyperpole winner Antonio Fuoco also produced the fastest in-lap race with a time of 3:26.984 on lap 306.

The #708 and #709 Glickenhaus 007s finished sixth and seventh respectively despite a fright for the #709 crew with 20 minutes to go when Franck Mailleux hit the barrier at the Daytona Chicane. Jim Glickenhaus can be proud of his team’s performance.

The #93 Peugeot 9X8 was eighth and the #5 Porsche 963 of Porsche Penske Motorsport ninth.


The LMP2 class also produced an enthralling head-to-head since daybreak between the #34 Oreca 07-Gibson fielded by Inter Europol Competition and the #41 Oreca 07-Gibson of Team WRT. Swiss driver Fabio Scherer held off fellow countryman Louis Delétraz to clinch victory for the Polish team. A memorable weekend for Polish sport after the French Open win yesterday for Iga Swiatek! Rookie Scherer shared driving duties with Pole Jakub Smiechowski and Spaniard Albert Costa. Former race winner Neel Jani brought home the #30 Duqueine Team Oreca to round out the podium. JOTA, looking for a second successive class win, figured strongly in the early stages but fell away as the race went on. IDEC Sport mounted a challenge too, but its final charge was halted by a puncture with less than two hours left on the clock.


Pos Car # Race Car Team Drivers Total Time/Laps
134 Oreca 07-Gibson Inter Europol Competition Jakub Smiechowski / Albert Costa / Fabio Scherer 328 laps (10th overall)
241 Oreca 07-Gibson Team WRT Rui Andrade / Robert Kubica / Louis Delétraz +21.015
330 Oreca 07-Gibson Duqueine Team Neel Jani / René Binder / Nicolas Pino 327 laps

For its final hurrah, the LMGTE Am class was as exciting as ever. Numerous cars swapped the lead almost lap by lap. A ‘gang of four’ consisting of the #33 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, the Iron Dames’ #85 Porsche 911 RSR-19, the #25 ORT by TF Aston Martin Vantage AM and the #86 GR Racing Porsche played out the final act.

At the chequered flag, Corvette clinched a hard-fought win ahead of the TF Sport-backed Aston Martin and the Porsche 911 RSR-19 of GR Racing. Sadly, the all-female Iron Dames team, who had been in the top three for most of the day, missed out on a historic podium spot.

Seasoned American endurance racer Ben Keating secured his second straight LMGTE Am win after his success last year in the Aston Martin of TF Sport. This was his first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Chevrolet Corvette. This extremely intense class victory is therefore a proud moment for the man who sells the brand in his Texas dealerships.


The Garage 56 NASCAR Cup-inspired Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 accomplished everything the Hendricks Motorsports team set out to achieve… and then some! They not only got to the end of the 24 hours, despite a late gearbox problem that caused some heartache, they also challenged the LMGTE Am leaders for much of the race. Congratulations to the team behind the project!


Pos Car # Race Car Team Drivers Total Time/Laps
133 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Corvette Racing Nicky Catsburg / Ben Keating / Nicolas Varrone 313 laps
225 Aston Martin Vantage AMR ORT by TF Ahmad Al Harthy / Michael Dinan / Charlie Eastwood 312 laps
386 Porsche 911 RSR-19 GR Racing Michael Wainwright / Benjamin Barker / Ricardo Pera 1:21.594



Car # Race Car Team Drivers Total Time/Laps
24Chevrolet Camaro ZL1Hendrick MotorsportsJimmie Johnson / Mike Rockenfeller / Jenson Button285 laps (39th overall)


Car # Race Car Team Drivers Total Time/Laps
14 Oreca 07-GibsonNielsen RacingRodrigo Sales / Mathias Beche / Ben Hanley18 laps
13 Oreca 07-GibsonTower MotorsportsRicky Taylor / René Rast / Steven Thomas19 laps
21 Ferrari 488 GTE EVOAF CorseSimon Mann / Julien Piguet / Ulysse de Pauw21 laps
55 Aston Martin Vantage AMRGMB MotorsportGustav Birch / Marco Sørensen / Jens Reno Møller21 laps
60 Porsche 911 RSR-19Iron LynxClaudio Schiavoni / Matteo Cressoni / Alessio Picariello28 laps
16 Porsche 911 RSR-19Proton CompetitionRyan Hardwick / Zacharie Robichon / Jan Heylen28 laps
83 Ferrari 488 GTE EVORichard Mille AF CorseLuis Perez Companc / Alessio Rovera / Lilou Wadoux33 laps
72 Aston Martin Vantage AMRTF SportArnold Robin / Maxime Robin / Valentin Hasse-Clot58 laps
75 Porsche 963Porsche Penske MotorsportFelipe Nasr / Mathieu Jaminet / Nick Tandy84 laps
923 Oreca 07-GibsonRacing Team TurkeySalih Yoluc / Tom Gamble / Dries Vanthoor87 laps
66 Ferrari 488 GTE EVOJMW MotorsportThomas Neubauer / Louis Prette / Giacomo Petrobelli89 laps
7 Toyota GR010-HybridToyota Gazoo RacingMike Conway / Kamui Kobayashi / José María López103 laps
63 Oreca 07-GibsonPrema RacingDoriane Pin / Daniil Kyvat / Mirko Bortolotti113 laps
32 Oreca 07-Gibsoninter Europol CompetitionMark Kvamme / Jan Magnussen / Anders Fjordbach117 laps
77 Porsche 911 RSR-19Dempsey-Proton RacingChristian Ried / Mikkel Pedersen / Julien Andlauer118 laps
47 Oreca 07-GibsonCOOL RacingReshad de Gérus / Vladislav Lomko / Simon Pagenaud158 laps
777 Aston Martin Vantage AMRD’Station RacingSatoshi Hoshino / Casper Stevenson / Tomonobu Fujii163 laps
4 Vanwall Vandervell 680Floyd Vanwall Racing TeamTom Dillman / Esteban Guerrieri / Tristan Vautier165 laps
88 Porsche 911 RSR-19Proton CompetitionHarry Tincknell / Donald Yount / Jonas Ried170 laps
80 Oreca 07-GibsonAF CorseFrançois Perrodo / Ben Barnicaot / Norman Nato183 laps
911 Porsche 911 RSR-19Proton CompetitionMichael Fassbender / Martin Rump / Richard Lietz246 laps
57 Ferrari 488 GTE EVOKessel RacingTakeshi Kimura / Scott Huffaker / Daniel Serra254 laps


Le Mans wouldn’t be Le Mans without Ferrari, and Ferrari would not be Ferrari without Le Mans. The love affair began in 1949, when the Italian make claimed victory at first attempt. As the decades rolled by, the prancing horse collected trophies, amassing nine overall victories, including six on the trot (1960-1965), improving the distance record three times in the process. In 1962, Belgian Olivier Gendebien broke the record for the number of Le Mans victories, which was not exceeded until 1981. In 1965, Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt ran an admirable race, clawing back after a mechanical issue early on.

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