Samples 2016 Le Mans Special Edition - Page 12

RACE REPORT The devastation in the Toyota pit was visible, shock and disbelief in stark and direct contrast to the jubilant scenes in the Porsche garage. The chasm between agony and ecstasy was brutally blatant Le Mans is a race of epic proportions, massive investment and huge dedication - for it all to evaporate a few minutes from the end when a sure victory came to naught is life altering. The faces of the Toyota chiefs watching the impossible unfold will remain etched in motorsport folklore, as the TV director cruelly moved from the Toyota pit garage to the wild cele brations, akin to footballers winning the world cup, as what was second place for them turned into the unlikeliest, and without doubt the luckiest, of triumphs at a venue they know so well. In the end second place went to the #6 Toyota TS050 of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Stephane Sarrazin, three laps behind the winning Porsche, with final podium spot going to the #8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 of Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval 12 laps down. The #7 Audi of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer finished 4th, albeit 17 laps down, with the #1 Porsche of reigning world champions Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard finishing 13th after the enforced 2 hours in the garage. The only LMP1 Privateer to finish the race was the #12 Rebellion Racing R-One of Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr, which finished in 29th overall.