Porsche has scored its 17th overall victory at the 83rd edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. No other manufacturer has achieved such impressive results at the world’s toughest endurance race. With the Porsche 919 Hybrid, Earl Bamber, Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Tandy won the coveted title exactly 45 years to the day after Porsche’s very first overall victory at the Sarthe. Their team mates Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber finished second and completed the 1-2 for Porsche. Audi achieved P3 and P4. 919 Hybrid with Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb finished on P5.
The Porsche 911 RSR with the drivers Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen and Jörg Bergmeister came home on P5. Winner ist Chevrolet Corvette No. 64 followed by two Ferrari 458 and Aston Martin.
Patrick Dempsey celebrated the biggest success of his racing career by coming in second with a Porsche 911 RSR behind the Ferrari 458 of SMP Racing. His team colleagues: Patrick Long and Marco Seefried.
One hour left! Porsche still in position one and two. Keeping fingers crossed!
3,5 hours left! Earl Bamber (919 Hybrid No. 19) and Brendon Hartley (No. 17) on P1 and P2. Audi on P3 and P4. Romain Dumas with the Porsche 919 Hybrid No. 18 on P5, followed by Toyota No. 2. Audi No. 9 after technical problems on position 7.
Richard Lietz with the 911 RSR No. 91 on P5. Ferrari 458 No. 51 on P1, Cevrolete Corvette No.64 on P2, Ferrari 458 No. 71on P3, Aston Martin No. 95 on P4.
Nick Tandy is leading the field with the 919 Hybrid No. 19, followed by Timo Bernhard (No. 17). The three Audis are positioned P3 - P5. Neel Jani (No. 18) is 5th.
Richard Lietz in the Porsche 911 RSR is positioned 3rd. Chevrolete Corvette is leading, Ferrari 458 of AF Corse is 2nd.
The Ferrari 458 of AF Corse leads before Chevrolete Corvette. The Porsche 911 RSR came well through the night. In the class GTE-Pro Michael Christensen claims the third place with his 911 RSR No. 91.
Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Long and Marco Seefried have moved into third place with their 911 RSR campaigned by the Dempsey Proton Racing customer squad. P1 Aston Martin, P2 Ferrari 458.
With long intervals for changing tires, strong driver performance and superior pit stop times, the Porsche team drove through the night. Nick Tandy leads after 17 hours with the 919 Hybrid No. 19 behind an Audi. Mark Webber (No. 17) on 3, followed by two other Audis. Neel Jani (No. 18) currently drives on 5th place.
Porsche currently on P1 and P2. Nico Hülkenberg (919 Hybrid No. 19) followed by Mark Webber (No. 17). Audi on P4 and P5. Neel Jani in car No. 18 on P5.
Richard Lietz in 911 RSR No. 91 on P3. Chevrolete Corvette on P1, Aston Martin on P2.
Mark Webber in the Porsche 919 Hybrid No. 17 is on P1, followed by the Audi R18 e-tron No. 7. Nico Hülkenberg is on position three. Neel Jani is on P5 behind another Audi (No. 9).
911 RSR No. 91 with Jörg Bergmeister on P4. Chevrolete Corvette C7R on P1, the two Aston Martin on P2 and P3.
Porsche 919 Hybrid No 17 with Brendon Hartley in position 1, followed by two Audi R18 e-tron. Pit stop for Earl Bamber (No. 19) when positioned fourth, followed by 919 Hybrid No. 18 with Romain Dumas.
Porsche 911 RSR No 91 in position four. Michael Christensen sits now for 3 hours behind the wheel. His team mates: Richard Lietz (Austria) and Jörg Bergmeister (Langenfeld). Aston Martin on P1 and P2, Corvette on P3.
The best Porsche costumer team is Dempsey Proton Racing. US race driver and actor Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Long (USA) and Marco Seefried (Wildschönau) are on position six with the 911 RSR No. 77.
After the first hour of the 24-hour race in Le Mans Porsche is leading the race with two cars at the front. Timo Bernhard (car number 17) overtook polesitter Neel Jani (car number 18) on the first lap to take the lead of the 55-car strong field. Nico Hülkenberg (car number 19) started third, but after two laps was passed by the three Audi prototypes.
After ten, 11 and 12 laps Hülkenberg, Jani and Bernhard came in for their respective first refuelling stops. The order at the front of the pack didn’t change: The two Porsche 919 Hybrids, with Bernhard and Jani driving, continued to lead while Hülkenberg became fifth. Soon after the first hour was completed, the safety car came out and closed up even the small gaps between the front runners.
Early bad luck. 911 RSR No 92 is out of the race after an incident. Driver Patrick Pilet is ok.
Start of the race! Porsche has started the Le Mans 24-Hours from one, two and three.
Saturday, June 13, 3 pm - Sunday, June 14, 3 pm: race
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