Toyota triumphed at Le Mans for the third consecutive year with Sebastian Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Brendon Hartley taking the honors.
It was a hat-trick for Nakajima and Buemi, who raced alongside Fernando Alonso in 2018 and 2019, but the second for the New Zealander, Brendon Hartley, who replaced Alonso in 2020.
For Toyota, however, it was a bit of a mixed bag, as their #7 car, driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway, and Jose Maria Lopez, suffered a turbo problem during the night that forced them back by 7 laps and ultimately cost them their chances of winning.
The privateer team from Switzerland-Rebellion Racing obtained their best ever result in their last outing, finishing P2 in the 2020 edition of Le Mans. The #1 Rebellion R13 piloted by Bruno Senna, Norman Nato, & Gustavo Menezes called it an “incredible achievement” for the team.
Rebellion’s sister car #3, driven by Romain Dumas, Louis Deletraz, and Nathanael Berthon, had missed the podium after Deletraz lost control of the car at the Indianapolis corner and stalled after the rear end got stuck to the tire wall. This incident prompted a six-minute stop to fix the clutch.
The 24-car LMP2 battle was fiercely competitive and much closer, but United Autosports took the crown with the #22 Oreca of Paul di Resta, Filipe Albuquerque, and Phil Hanson taking the cake.
The sister car #32 suffered heartbreak as an oil issue forced out Alex Brundle, Will Owen, and Job Van Uitert for a long time in the pits on Sunday Morning.
Capitalizing on the sister United, #38 Jota Sport Oreca of António Félix da Costa, Anthony Davidson and Roberto González finished in second place.
It was also a splendid day for the FIA WIM (Women in Motorsport) and the Richard Mille team as their #50 car, driven by Sophia Floersch, Tatiana Calderon, and Beitske Visser finished P9 in their LMP2 debut!
The GTE Pro and GTE Am classes saw the triumph of Aston Martin over Ferrari as technical problems troubled the Italian manufacturer. Sadly, the Porsches also didn’t have a fantastic outing, as it had issues with acceleration.
The 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans held the event without spectators in closed doors. On race days, the rain maintained its mutually exclusive relationship, as expectations of it making an appearance never came to fruition.
With the launch of new technical regulations for the next edition, things are said to be heated again next year. Ahead of the 88th Le Mans race, Toyota demonstrated its new GR Super Sports hypercar for next year.