Ferrari took overall victory in the centenary edition of the 24 Hours of LeMans, the most prestigious endurance race in the world. It was the Italian’s first time in the top class at LeMans in 50 years.

The Ferrari AF Corse team took victory with former F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi behind the wheel of the 499P alongside James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi.

This was the Prancing Horse’s tenth overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to go with those collected in 1949, 1954, 1958, and 1960-1965. Ferrari’s history at Le Mans now comprises 39 victories, including 29 class wins.

It was a dramatic race for Toyota Gazoo Racing’s No.7, which retired from the race overnight with Team Principal and driver Kamui Kobayashi retired from the race following contact after 16 hours of the race. The Japanese driver, along with Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez went out of the race, and speaking following their retirement, Kobayashi said:

I was in the ‘Next Slow’ zone which is the preparation area ahead of the slow zone. The guy ahead, an LMP2, braked for whatever reason. If I overtake him there, I will get a penalty, so I braked and the cars behind, an LMP2 on the righthand side and a GT car on the left, just crashed into me. I had both tyres punctured on the rear, and the left rear driveshaft was broken, so I had no drive to return. It is frustrating. Still we have one car still in the fight and I will support them because I am a driver but also Team Principal. We will try to do our best. This is a hard Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Chip Ganassi Racing with Cadillac Racing’s No.2 and No.3 cars were third and fourth, respectively, with six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon, four-time CART champion Sebastien Bourdais, and Renger van der Zande.

Ferrari’s No.50 finished the race in fifth place, while Glickenhouse Racing finished the race in sixth and seventh place, respectively, just ahead of Peugeot and Porsche Team Penske while Inter Europol Competition rounded out the top ten overall and took victory in the LMP2 category.

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