Bernhard Wins Dramatic LeMans 24 Hours For Porsche
Porsche Motorsports are LeMans winners once again as Timo Bernhard took victory at the famous 24 hour race on Sunday following an extremely dramatic event. Bernard who shared the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid with Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber finished the race just ahead of Jackie Chan DC Racing’s Oreca 07 of Olivier Jarvas, Ho-Pin-Tung and Thomas Laurent.
Former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr finished the race in third place in the No.13 Oreca with David Heinemeier and Mathias Beche.
Alex Brundle in the No.37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 did a fantastic job as he finished the race in fourth place overall along with David Cheng and Tristan Gommendy. SignTech Alpine Matmut.
It was a great debut for United Autosports as they finished fifth in class and sixth overall much to the delight of their team boss Zak Brown.
Richard Bradley, James Allen and Franck Matelli for Gaff finished the race in seventh place overall just ahead of Jean Eric Vergne, Jonathan Hirschi and Tor Graves in the No.24 Manor Racing Oreca entry.
Following an extremely difficult event for the team, which saw Kamui Kobayashi retire from the race following multiple issues, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi salvaged a top ten finish for the team with a ninth place finish while Cetilar Villorba Corse drivers Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi rounded out the top ten.
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan, (who made his LeMans 24 Hour debut) finished the race in 23rd place overall and sixth in class driving the No.68 Ford GT finishing the event just ahead of his Verizon IndyCar Series team mate Scott Dixon in the No.69 Ford GT.
It was a great day for ProDrive and their boss David Richards as Darren Turner took victory for Aston Martin Racing in the LMGTE PRO class.
The next stop for the World Endurance championship is the Six Hours Of Nurburgring from July 14/16.