Ferrari dethrones Toyota fifty years after its last participation

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Ferrari n°51 won the 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. FRED TANNEAU / AFP Scuderia Ferrari won the centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans…

Ferrari dethrones Toyota fifty years after its last participation

Ferrari dethrones Toyota fifty years after its last participation

Ferrari n°51 won the 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. FRED TANNEAU / AFP

Scuderia Ferrari won the centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this Sunday after a masterful battle against Toyota.

Special correspondent at Le Mans

Undefeated since 2018 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota ceded its throne to Ferrari, which won with the #51 499P of the Alessandro Pier Guidi – James Calado – Antonio Giovinazzi crew this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The Italian brand thus won its tenth victory in the Sarthe (1949-1954-1958-1960- 1961-1962-1963-1964-1965 and 2023) after a magnificent showdown with the Toyota GR010 n°8 who won last year thanks to Sébastien Buemi-Ryo Hirakawa-Brendon Hartley.

The two cars, separated by only a few seconds, were neck and neck until 2:20 p.m. when, on the attack to try to catch up, Ryo Hirakawa made a mistake in the Arnage corner. Losing three minutes in the incident, the Toyota let its great Italian rival slip away to success. The podium was completed by the No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R of Earl Bamber – Alex Lynn – Richard Westbrook, left behind and quickly eliminated from the race for victory.

For its big comeback in the Sarthe, the Peugeot team did not perform a miracle. In difficulty since the start of the season, the 9X8s took the 9e place with the crew Paul Di Resta – Mikkel Jensen – Jean-Eric Vergne (n°93) and the 12e with the trio Loïc Duval – Gustavo Menezes – Nico Müller (n°94) who had nevertheless led the race for four hours before an exit from the track which made him plunge in the clification in the middle of the night.

Final clification of the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans:

1. Alessandro Pier Guidi – James Calado – Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA-ANG-ITA/Ferrari 499P n°51)
2. Sebastien Buemi – Ryo Hirakawa – Brendon Hartley (SUI-JAP-NZL/Toyota GR010 n°8 – Hybrid)
3. Earl Bamber – Alex Lynn – Richard Westbrook (NZL-ANG-ANG / Cadillac V-Series.R n°2) at
4. Sebastien Bourdais – Renger Van Der Zande – Scott Dixon (FRA-PB-NZL/Cadillac V-Series.R n°3)
5. Antonio Fuoco – P Miguel Molina – P Nicklas Nielsen (ITA-ESP-DAN/Ferrari 499P n°50)
9. Paul Di Resta – Mikkel Jensen – Jean-Eric Vergne (ENG-DAN-FRA/Peugeot 9X8 n°93)
… 12. Loïc Duval – Gustavo Menezes – Nico Müller (FRA-EU-SUI/Peugeot 9X8 n°94)

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