#50 Ferrari runs out front

Le Mans Hour 24: #50 Ferrari hangs on to win Le Mans again

Saving every ounce of fuel, the #50 Ferrari AF Corse 499P of Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen drove a 50-minute economy run to win the 92nd annual 24 Hours of Le Mans and claim back-to-back wins for Ferrari.

#50 Ferrari runs out front
The winning #50 Ferrari runs out in front in the dry, but much of the race, including the finish, was run in heavy rain.
#50 Ferrari on the last lap in the rain

Forced off sequence due to a door latching problem in the penultimate hour, Nielsen pitted the #50 Ferrari with 50 minutes to go but saved enough battery and fuel to take the win, completing 311 laps and winning by 14.2 seconds over the second-placed #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 Hybrid of José Maria López, Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries.

In treacherous conditions in the final hours of the race, Nielsen was able to forge to the front and gained a gap over the chasing pack which was bunched up after morning safety cars due to poor weather and various incidents.

Toyota Gazoo Racing with the No.7 GR010 Hybrid Hypercar super-sub Jose-Maria Lopez  at the wheel tried to chase down Nielsen in the final exchanges but was unable to do so, meaning he and teammates Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries finished runner-up.

Lopez had a brief spin in his attempts but was still able to split the factory Ferrari 499Ps as the No.51 car of Antonio Giovinazzi, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado placed third to make it a double podium for the Prancing Horse.

The #7 Toyota had to settle for 2nd place

Toyota finishes runner-up to Ferrari for the second time in as many years of the proper Hypercar era, with the #51 Ferrari of 2023 winners Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, and Antonio Giovinazzi holding onto third.

The #51 Ferrari held off the Penske Porsche by a few feet to claim the final podium position

The #6 Porsche Penske Motorsports 963 (Kevin Estre/Andre Lotterer/Laurens Vanthoor) finished fourth, as a record nine cars finished on the overall lead lap behind the #50 Ferrari.

During the penultimate hour, Pier Guidi was in contact with the other Toyota GR010 at Mulsanne Corner, driven by Brendon Hartley, and received a five second penalty for the contact. However, the Italian was also susceptible to a chasing Laurens Vanthoor from Porsche Penske Motorsport in the closing 20 minutes but was able to hold off the flying Belgian who eventually finished fourth.

Those points, however, are enough for Vanthoor and teammates Kevin Estre and Andre Lotterer to keep their WEC Hypercar championship points lead and maintain their 100% podium record in 2024.  Porsche now lead Ferrari by nine points in the overall standings, with Toyota now just three points adrift of Ferrari.

Rounding out the top five in Hypercar at Le Mans was the No.8 Toyota ahead of the No.5 Porsche Penske 963 that finished sixth. The No.2 Cadillac Racing V.Series.R placed seventh as the No.12 Hertz Team JOTA crew clinched eight position after a strong comeback after a full car rebuild following a heavy crash in free practice earlier in the week.

Ninth place went to the sister No.38 Hertz Team JOTA Porsche while securing the final manufacturer point was the No.63 Lamborghini Iron Lynx entry. Hertz Team JOTA also claimed 1-2 in the FIA World Cup for Hypercar Teams’ ahead of the other Porsche customer team Proton Competition.

Peugeot TotalEnergies finished 11th and 12th overall with the No. 94 9X8 heading the sister No.93 car.  Isotta Fraschini ended the race 14th overall, and while unable to rival the class leaders, put in a solid run for the Italian manufacturer on what was the team’s Le Mans debut.

Elsewhere, it was a difficult race for both BMW M Team WRT and Alpine Endurance Team. BMW was not able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the V12 LMR’s win as the No. 15 M Hybrid V8 was retired following a collision with early race leader, the No. 83 Ferrari 499P Hypercar. Meanwhile, the sister No. 20 car was unable to compete with the front-runners, due to several technical issues.

Home hopes were dashed further on Saturday evening when both Alpine A424s suffered engine failure and retired from the race.

LMP2

#22 United Autosports won the LMP2 class for the first time since 2020 – the Anglo-American team’s second class win in the last five years – led by Oliver Jarvis and American rookies Nolan Siegel and Bijoy Garg.

No.22 United Autosports trio of Oliver Jarvis, Nolan Siegel and Bijoy Garg enjoyed strong run to LMP2 victory. It registers United Autosports second LMP2 category win after its first triumph in 2020

Inter Europol Competition Oreca-Gibson in hands of Clement Novalak, Vlad Lomko and Kuba Smiechowski take the runners-up position a year on from the Polish team winning LMP2.

Novalak applies late race pressure on Jarvis but the experienced British driver is able to resist to bring home the victory.

Third in LMP2 was the IDEC Sport Oreca-Gibson entry of Job van Uitert, Paul Lafargue and Reshad de Gerus.

The top six is completed by: 4th AF Corse; 5th Vector Sport; 6th AO by TF Sport.

Ben Barnicoat, Francois Perrodo and Nicolas Varrone sealed the LMP2 Pro/Am victory.

LMGT3

#91 Porsche 911 LMGT3 R Manthey Racing and EMA Motorsport were LMGT3 class winners driven by Yasser Shahin, Morris Schuring, and multi-Le Mans winner Richard Lietz after the #92 Manthey Pure Racing Porsche fell to the wayside with a gear selection issue.

Lietz, the most experienced driver among the 186 drivers present at Le Mans with 18 previous starts, crossed the finish line ahead of the No.31 Team WRT BMW of Darren Leung, Augusto Farfus and Sean Gelael.

Completing the podium at Le Mans is the No.88 Proton Competition Ford Mustang LMGT3 entry driven by Dennis Olsen, Giorgio Roda and Mikkel Pedersen. They take the first ever podium position for a Mustang at La Sarthe.

Rounding out the top six in LMGT3 is the fourth-placed No.44 Proton Ford Mustang; fifth was the No.85 Iron Dames Lamborghini and sixth was the No.55 Vista AF Corse Ferrari.

LMGT3 winners – Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey EMA (#91), Yasser Shahin (AUS), Morris Schuring (NL), Richard Lietz (A)

2024 24 Hours of Le Mans Final Results

POS NO. CLASS TEAM DRIVERS CAR LAPS GAPS INT
1 50 Hypercar H FERRARI AF CORSE A. FUOCO / M. MOLINA / N. NIELSEN Ferrari 499P 311 0.000s 0.000s
2 7 Hypercar H TOYOTA GAZOO RACING J. LOPEZ / K. KOBAYASHI / N. DE VRIES Toyota GR010 – Hybrid 311 14.221 14.221
3 51 Hypercar H FERRARI AF CORSE A. PIER GUIDI / J. CALADO / A. GIOVINAZZI Ferrari 499P 311 36.730 22.509
4 6 Hypercar H PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT K. ESTRE / A. LOTTERER / L. VANTHOOR Porsche 963 311 37.897 1.167
5 8 Hypercar H TOYOTA GAZOO RACING S. BUEMI / B. HARTLEY / R. HIRAKAWA Toyota GR010 – Hybrid 311 1:02.824 24.927
6 5 Hypercar H PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT M. CAMPBELL / M. CHRISTENSEN / F. MAKOWIECKI Porsche 963 311 1:45.654 42.830
7 2 Hypercar H CADILLAC RACING E. BAMBER / A. LYNN / A. PALOU Cadillac V-Series.R 311 2:34.468 48.814
8 12 Hypercar H HERTZ TEAM JOTA W. STEVENS / N. NATO / C. ILOTT Porsche 963 311 3:02.691 28.223
9 38 Hypercar H HERTZ TEAM JOTA O. RASMUSSEN / P. HANSON / J. BUTTON Porsche 963 311 3:36.756 34.065
10 63 Hypercar H LAMBORGHINI IRON LYNX M. BORTOLOTTI / D. KVYAT / E. MORTARA Lamborghini SC63 309 2 laps 2 laps
11 94 Hypercar H PEUGEOT TOTALENERGIES S. VANDOORNE / P. DI RESTA / L. DUVAL Peugeot 9X8 309 2:18.217 8.750
12 93 Hypercar H PEUGEOT TOTALENERGIES J. VERGNE / M. JENSEN / N. MÜLLER Peugeot 9X8 309 2:35.918 17.701
13 19 Hypercar H LAMBORGHINI IRON LYNX R. GROSJEAN / A. CALDARELLI / M. CAIROLI Lamborghini SC63 309 2:57.749 21.831
14 11 Hypercar H ISOTTA FRASCHINI C. BENNETT / J. VERNAY / A. SERRAVALLE Isotta Fraschini Tipo6-C 302 9 laps 7 laps
15 22 LM P2 UNITED AUTOSPORTS O. JARVIS / B. GARG / N. SIEGEL Oreca 07 – Gibson 297 14 laps 5 laps
16 34 LM P2 INTER EUROPOL COMPETITION J. SMIECHOWSKI / V. LOMKO / C. NOVALAK Oreca 07 – Gibson 297 3:44.685 18.651
17 28 LM P2 IDEC SPORT P. LAFARGUE / J. VAN UITERT / R. DE GÉRUS Oreca 07 – Gibson 297 3:59.256 14.571
18 183 LM P2 P/A AF CORSE F. PERRODO / B. BARNICOAT / N. VARRONE Oreca 07 – Gibson 297 4:01.070 1.814
19 10 LM P2 VECTOR SPORT R. CULLEN / P. PILET / S. RICHELMI Oreca 07 – Gibson 297 4:05.183 4.113
20 14 LM P2 P/A AO BY TF P. HYETT / L. DELÉTRAZ / A. QUINN Oreca 07 – Gibson 295 16 laps 2 laps
21 33 LM P2 P/A DKR ENGINEERING A. MATTSCHULL / R. BINDER / L. HÖRR Oreca 07 – Gibson 295 2:57.104 2:25.422
22 25 LM P2 ALGARVE PRO RACING M. KAISER / O. CALDWELL / R. DE ANGELIS Oreca 07 – Gibson 294 17 laps 1 lap
23 65 LM P2 P/A PANIS RACING R. SALES / M. BECHE / S. HUFFAKER Oreca 07 – Gibson 293 18 laps 1 lap
24 47 LM P2 P/A COOL RACING N. RAO / M. BELL / F. VESTI Oreca 07 – Gibson 291 20 laps 2 laps
25 24 LM P2 NIELSEN RACING F. SCHERER / D. HEINEMEIER HANSSON / K. SIMPSON Oreca 07 – Gibson 291 2:47.769 41.900
26 37 LM P2 COOL RACING L. FLUXA / M. JAKOBSEN / R. MIYATA Oreca 07 – Gibson 289 22 laps 2 laps
27 91 LMGT3 MANTHEY EMA Y. SHAHIN / M. SCHURING / R. LIETZ Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3 281 30 laps 8 laps
28 31 LMGT3 TEAM WRT D. LEUNG / S. GELAEL / A. FARFUS BMW M4 LMGT3 280 31 laps 1 lap
29 311 Hypercar H WHELEN CADILLAC RACING L. DERANI / J. AITKEN / F. DRUGOVICH Cadillac V-Series.R 280 2:34.564 2:30.241
30 88 LMGT3 PROTON COMPETITION G. RODA / M. PEDERSEN / D. OLSEN Ford Mustang LMGT3 280 2:59.989 25.425
31 44 LMGT3 PROTON COMPETITION J. HARTSHORNE / B. TUCK / C. MIES Ford Mustang LMGT3 280 3:58.735 58.746
32 85 LMGT3 IRON DAMES S. BOVY / M. GATTING / R. FREY Lamborghini Huracan LMGT3 Evo2 279 32 laps 1 lap
33 55 LMGT3 VISTA AF CORSE F. HERIAU / S. MANN / A. ROVERA Ferrari 296 LMGT3 279 1:45.941 1:45.844
34 78 LMGT3 AKKODIS ASP TEAM A. ROBIN / T. BOGUSLAVSKIY / K. VAN DER LINDE Lexus RC F LMGT3 279 2:16.275 30.334
35 155 LMGT3 SPIRIT OF RACE J. LAURSEN / C. LAURSEN / J. TAYLOR Ferrari 296 LMGT3 279 2:44.753 28.478
36 777 LMGT3 D’STATION RACING S. HOSHINO / E. BASTARD / M. SØRENSEN Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGT3 279 3:59.930 1:15.177
37 87 LMGT3 AKKODIS ASP TEAM T. KIMURA / E. MASSON / J. HAWKSWORTH Lexus RC F LMGT3 279 4:28.692 28.762
38 82 LMGT3 TF SPORT H. KOIZUMI / S. BAUD / D. JUNCADELLA Corvette Z06 LMGT3.R 278 33 laps 1 lap
39 86 LMGT3 GR RACING M. WAINWRIGHT / D. SERRA / R. PERA Ferrari 296 LMGT3 278 2:42.056 38.560
40 70 LMGT3 INCEPTION RACING B. IRIBE / O. MILLROY / F. SCHANDORFF McLaren 720S LMGT3 Evo 275 36 laps 3 laps
41 92 LMGT3 MANTHEY PURERXCING A. MALYKHIN / J. STURM / K. BACHLER Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3 273 38 laps 2 laps
42 23 LM P2 P/A UNITED AUTOSPORTS USA B. KEATING / F. ALBUQUERQUE / B. HANLEY Oreca 07 – Gibson 272 39 laps 1 lap
43 81 LMGT3 TF SPORT T. VAN ROMPUY / R. ANDRADE / C. EASTWOOD Corvette Z06 LMGT3.R 267 44 laps 5 laps
44 60 LMGT3 IRON LYNX C. SCHIAVONI / M. CRESSONI / F. PERERA Lamborghini Huracan LMGT3 Evo2 258 53 laps 9 laps
45 99 Hypercar H PROTON COMPETITION N. JANI / H. TINCKNELL / J. ANDLAUER Porsche 963 251 60 laps 7 laps
46 77 LMGT3 PROTON COMPETITION R. HARDWICK / Z. ROBICHON / B. BARKER Ford Mustang LMGT3 227 84 laps 24 laps
47 20 Hypercar H BMW M TEAM WRT S. VAN DER LINDE / R. FRIJNS / R. RAST BMW M HYBRID V8 96 215 laps 131 laps
48 83 Hypercar H AF CORSE R. KUBICA / R. SHWARTZMAN / Y. YE Ferrari 499P 248 63 laps 0.000
49 3 Hypercar H CADILLAC RACING S. BOURDAIS / R. VAN DER ZANDE / S. DIXON Cadillac V-Series.R 223 88 laps 24 laps
50 59 LMGT3 UNITED AUTOSPORTS J. COTTINGHAM / N. COSTA / G. SAUCY McLaren 720S LMGT3 Evo 220 91 laps 2 laps
51 95 LMGT3 UNITED AUTOSPORTS H. HAMAGUCHI / N. PINO / M. SATO McLaren 720S LMGT3 Evo 212 99 laps 8 laps
52 4 Hypercar H PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT M. JAMINET / F. NASR / N. TANDY Porsche 963 211 100 laps 0.000
53 27 LMGT3 HEART OF RACING TEAM I. JAMES / D. MANCINELLI / A. RIBERAS Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGT3 196 115 laps 15 laps
54 45 LM P2 P/A CROWDSTRIKE RACING BY APR G. KURTZ / C. BRAUN / N. CATSBURG Oreca 07 – Gibson 149 162 laps 47 laps
55 66 LMGT3 JMW MOTORSPORT J. FALB / J. ALLEN / J. SIMMENAUER Ferrari 296 LMGT3 112 199 laps 36 laps
56 30 LM P2 P/A DUQUEINE TEAM G. PETROBELLI / L. TEN VOORDE / S. YOLUC Oreca 07 – Gibson 112 0.000 0.000
57 46 LMGT3 TEAM WRT A. AL HARTHY / V. ROSSI / M. MARTIN BMW M4 LMGT3 109 202 laps 3 laps
58 15 Hypercar H BMW M TEAM WRT D. VANTHOOR / R. MARCIELLO / M. WITTMANN BMW M HYBRID V8 102 209 laps 6 laps
59 36 Hypercar H ALPINE ENDURANCE TEAM N. LAPIERRE / M. SCHUMACHER / M. VAXIVIERE Alpine A424 88 223 laps 14 laps
60 9 LM P2 PROTON COMPETITION J. RIED / M. CAPIETTO / B. VISCAAL Oreca 07 – Gibson 86 225 laps 1 lap
61 35 Hypercar H ALPINE ENDURANCE TEAM P. CHATIN / F. HABSBURG / C. MILESI Alpine A424 75 236 laps 11 laps
62 54 LMGT3 VISTA AF CORSE T. FLOHR / F. CASTELLACCI / D. RIGON Ferrari 296 LMGT3 30 281 laps 45 laps
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