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The Japanese team took the first podium in the legendary endurance race

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The Toyota crew won the 24 Hours of Le Mans racing marathon.

The crew of the Japanese Toyota team, consisting of the Swiss Sebastien Buemi, the New Zealander Brendon Hartley and the Japanese Kazuki Nakajima, became the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans racing marathon in the main LMP1 class.

For Nakajima and Buemi, this victory was the third in career and the third in a row in marathon, in the previous two races their  -1" Spaniard Fernando Alonso, Hartley won the "24 Hours of Le Mans" for the second time in his career.

The second place was taken by the crew of the Swiss Rebellion Racing team led by American Gustavo Menezes, Frenchman Norman Nato, Brazilian Bruno Senna. Briton Mike Conway, Japanese Kamui Kobayashi and Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez finished third.

In the LMP2 class, the crew of the British United Autosports team consisting of the Portuguese Felipe Albuquerque and the British Philip Hanson, Paul di Resta won. The crew of the Russian G-Drive Racing team Roman Rusinov, the Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne and the Dane Mikkel Jensen were third in the class, but during the last hour of the race, the car had technical problems, due to the elimination of which they were thrown back to  fifth position. The crew of G-Drive Racing consisting of the Irishman Ryan Cullen, Britons Oliver Jarvis and Nick Tandy left the race.

The crew of the Polish Inter Europol Competition team led by Austrian Rene Binder, Pole Jakub Smechovsky and the pilot of the Russian motorsport development program SMP Racing Matevos Isahakyan finished 18th in the class LMP2, the crew of the French Duqueine Team Swiss Jonathan Hirschi, Frenchman Tristan Gommendy and Russian Konstantin Tereshchenko left the race.

The victory in the GTE-Pro class was won by the Aston Martin crew consisting of the British Alex Lynn, Harry Tincknell and the Belgian Maxim Martin. In the GTE-Am class, the crew of the British TF Sport team, Briton Jonathan Adam, Irish Charlie Eastwood and Turk Salih Yoluch, became the best.

Race History

24 Hours of Le Mans Marathon ” this year was held for the 88th time. The race is one of the most cult and popular in the world and the dozens of movies have been made based on it, which underlines its historical value. It was here that the fastest and most powerful cars with the best pilots at the wheel always performed. In 24 hours, participants need to overcome the maximum possible number of laps along the Sarta track with a length of 13.629 km.

Winning a race is considered very prestigious for any car manufacturer. In the long history of Le Mans, Porsche is the most successful team with 19 marathon wins, followed by Audi with 13 victories and Ferrari with 9. Among the racers, the record holder is the Dane Tom Christensen, who has nine victories.

The racing cars of the participants are divided into four classes. The fastest and most prestigious class of sport prototypes LMP1 is considered. Here, teams can experiment with hybrid engine technology, which is done by the only factory team, Toyota.

The LMP2 prototype class differs primarily in the limited car cost and lack of factory support for participating teams. The GTE-Pro classification uses sports cars built on the basis of serial sports cars - Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin.

The  applicants allowed to qualify for the GTE-Am are slightly older vehicles than the GTE-Pro. In  in this class, in addition to professional riders, amateurs also compete.

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