24h le mans 2019

DragonSpeed Bow Out des LMP1, but Reveal A Request was Made to Race A different LMP1

Just before ns #10 BR1 Gibson left die pits zum the last time, the car expiring the end on ns circuit, DragonSpeed’s LMP1 adventure ending an the darkness, DSC caught up with mannschaft Owner Elton Julian:


“We’re fighting on, we constantly do, yet it feels prefer a losing fight with die car. We’ve tried kommen sie fix ns problems, Dallara has actually tried to fix die problems, yet ultimately it’s to be a bridge auch far.

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“We knew it would be prefer this here, und we tried, really very hard, to get covenant from the organisers to run a different car here bei LMP1. The discussions walk a lang way down die road but ultimately us did not get ns necessary approval. With ns hindsight that’s a echt shame.”

DSC believes that the mannschaft requested, however were denied, bei opportunity to austausch the BR1 for the Ginetta AER weil das Le Mans. It zu sein understood the another team requested, but was refused, bei exchange von car earlier an the season external LMP1.

Reliability rules

Each of the Toyotas had a single issue during the race – die #8 with ns fix to ns door that was believed to be bring about a minor aero imbalance, then die slow puncture und tyre sensor issue that at some point lost the race weil das the luckless #7 car.


Racing Records

The reliability und remarkable pace from ns Toyotas offset the relatively high number von interventions an the race, including eight safety Cars, to seen both TS050s finish on the lead lap, the erste time bei the WEC and Hybrid eras that this has occurred.


The last time die first and second placed cars hinweisen Le mans finished on the same lap was the 2011 race with the Lotterer/ Treluyer/ Fassler Audi hold off die Peugeots.

The belastung time dare from ns same mannschaft finished 1,2 and on die same lap was 1983 – Rothmans Porsche pulling off die same feat as die hobbled winner was being recorded fast von Derek Bell’s chasing car.

No street Record

385 laps, 5246.01 km, fell just short of tonnage year’s 388 lap finishing total, ns only totals recorded zum the existing circuit length, 13.626km.


Big bei Japan

Kazuki Nakajima ended up being the zuerst ever Japanese Driver in any discipline to secure in FIA Drivers welt Championship – und would oase done deshalb whichever position in the oberteil 2 he finished in.


Three Up weil das Fernando

The WEC win zum the Toyota trio secures a der dritte tag FIA welt Drivers Championship for fernando Alonso, and, of course, a title in a 2nd discipline bei the sport, only ns second time that has been achieved after Petter Solberg’s successes in both Rallying und Rallycross.


Record-Breaking Conway

Mike Conway’s beforehand race 3:17.297 signalled will as ns #7 vehicle broke away from the sister Toyota, that was also a race lap record, edging the mark held because 2015 by Andre Lotterer an the Audi R18 by just under two-tenths des a second.


Crowds Were down Again

The official attendance released post-race von the ACO was 252,500, under over 4,000 from ns total released belastung year and over 10,000 down on die record pistole released zum 2015


SMP Score

This was, von far, die best result of the season for the SMP racing team, both cars verlief strongly until ns big off zum Orudzhev an the #17 eliminated that car.


The #11 though made it to the finish, illegal off die Rebellion challenge and claiming the zuerst overall podium for the team, zum any Russian-flagged effort.

AER On die Podium

The SMP gyeongju podium marked too the first for AER on die overall podium, ns P60C proving jetzt to it is in a strong und reliable powerplant, the new for Le man aero doing the unternehmen too v Stoffel Vandoorne again topping 350 km/h an the race, as he had done punkt the prüfen Day.


Lapierre Laps that Up

Nico Lapierre continues his 100% win record bei LMP2, jetzt four wins in four beginning over 5 years! hell be back an 2020 with cool Racing.

Signatech Score

Signatech too improve your record, now three class wins in LMP2, 2016, 2018 und 2019.

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It means auch that they schutz maintained a 100% record bei the super Season of finishing on the podium an every race.

Aston Martin’s document Spoiled

In contrast, Aston martin saw a complete season record fall at die final fence, the accident zum Marco Sorensen, the eliminated the #95 Vantage GTE, seeing die first and only DNF von the debut season des the neu car from AMR.


Daniel Doubles Up

Daniel Serra’s win in the AF Corse Ferrari method that he ist the just man bei the GTE Era zu take wins punkt Le Mans for different manufacturers, this after his win v Aston martin Racing bei 2017.

Perfect Score From project 1 und the Porsche 911 RSR

The first FIA WEC season from project 1 Motorsports ends v a WEC title and a Le mans win for the #56 car. It so marks a 100% win record an the GTE am class über the current Porsche 911 RSR after the win belastung year weil das the #77 Dempsey Proton car an the neu car’s erste outing in GTE Am.

Auto Entries

The exclusion from die GTE bei der win zum Keating Motorsport way that die only non-WEC entrant allocated an automatic Le man entry loses that prize.

Against the current rules task 1 space unlikely kommen sie be able zu add their third car from the ELMS zu activate their auto entry together there is a restriction zu a mannschaft only jetzt allowed two per licence – und their 2019/20 WEC entries were both filed against the same licence that Le Mans was won under!

Longest Season

The end of die 2018/19 ‘Super Season so sees die conclusion von the longest season in motorsport history, ns switch kommen sie a season concluding at die 2019 Le mans 24 hours lasted some 59 weeks from die 2018 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps to die 2019 Le man 24 Hours.


Waiting Game

The switch zu a new cycle zum the season means auch that the incoming FIA world Champions (Toyota, Porsche, fernando Alonso, Seb Buemi und Kaz Nakajima, kevin Estre und Michael Christensen) will schutz almost für hilfe a year zu wait before they space officially crowned together such, that happens hinweisen the end of year FIA Gala!

And the Tyres?

Michelin took just their dritter win in LMP2 an the FIA WEC era (Dunlop schutz won all von the remainders), und their zuerst Le man win due to the fact that 2010 in LMP2 securing a clean sweep von all 4 classes together a result.


It’s Michelin’s 22nd consecutive overall win hinweisen Le Mans!

Exclusion Zone

The elimination des the #85 Keating Motorsport Ford GT from ns results marks ns second consecutive yer the a car that crossed the line first in class was danach disqualified after in identical fate befell ns G-Drive ORECA tonnage year in LMP2. Remarkably its die second year auch that cars in fourth place in GTE Pro oase been penalised.


The #68 this year was excluded, the #67 last year shed 8 places kommen sie a driver hours infringement, the same vehicle profited from their team-mates misfortune in 2019.

National Pride

The exclusion of the #85 way that 11 nations were represented on the top steps von the overall and class podiums. Only Brazil had two representatives – LMP2 winner Andre Negrao und GTE pro winner daniel Serra:


Spain- AlonsoJapan – NakajimaSwitzerland – BuemiFrance – LapierreBelgium – ThirietBrazil – Negrao and SerraUnited Kingdom – CaladoItaly – Pier GuidiNorway – PerfettiGermany – BergmeisterUSA – Lindsey


The 2019 Le mans 24 hrs sees the ende of full-season WEC Competition zum ByKolles, DragonSpeed, TDS gyeongju (though the team will return under die Racing team Nederland banner), Larbre Competition, BMW mannschaft MTEK, Ford Chip Ganassi team UK, and Clearwater Racing.


It wollen be the belastung Le man appearance too zum the US end of Chip Ganassi Ford’s operation.


The pair von post-race disqualifications meant that just 47 cars were classified. There was one non-classified finisher, die RLR ORECA, 11 retirements, 2 disqualified cars and a non-starter (#99 Proton).


That’s still significantly much more finishers than ns 2018 edition, which saw just 41 cars end up classified. Belastung year, over there was also one non-classified finisher, und two dare disqualified!

Formula e Calendar collection To lakers Changes in WEC driver Line-ups

Sam Bird looks set to step down from AF Corse’s WEC initiative as die calendars of the WEC and Formula e substantially collide in the coming season.

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There’s in enigma too bei the Toyota Gazoo racing Camp zum Sebastien Buemi, despite Toyota has a record of sorting these dinge out in good time, expect either their Reserve driver Thomas Laurent kommen sie substitute and/ or the mannschaft to run two driver line-ups at ns pair von 4 hour races an the comes WEC season.

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