Sport 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 results: Hat trick for Porsche

19:15  18 june  2017
19:15  18 june  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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“We want the hat - trick ,” Enzinger said emphatically. Of course, everybody at the sharp end of the grid who competes at a race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans , especially a manufacturer with Porsche ’s heritage in the sport, wants to win.

Hat - trick for Porsche at Le Mans . @ Porsche _Team wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 ! An epic race that will go down in history! # LeMans 24 @DCRacing_Team @AMR_Official pic.twitter.com/yoSXPYoEhE.

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Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley ensured a third successive Le Mans victory for Porsche after completing a sensational late comeback.

After years of Audi dominance in the 24-hour race, Porsche has come to the forefront in recent years, and it was on top of the podium again Sunday, albeit with its number two car rather than the much-fancied first team.

It looked like it would not be Porsche's day early on in the endurance race, as Toyota set the early pace, the Japanese manufacturer occupying the top two places for the majority of the first 10 hours of racing.

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Le Mans 2017 : Porsche aiming for a hat - trick in the LMP1 class. The first qualifying session for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans concluded yesterday, with Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi taking provisional pole in the LMP1 class.

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However, Toyota's fortunes began to unravel after a lengthy spell behind a safety car.

And, as the race ticked over into its 11th hour, disaster struck – Kamui Kobayashi's vehicle lost power, ending the former Formula One driver's hopes.

Moments later, the next Toyota was in trouble, a left-rear puncture leaving Nicolas Lapierre with flames coming out of the back of his car.

With the two Toyotas out of the running, Porsche took complete control, as Nick Tandy, Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer opened up a 12-lap lead.

The drama was far from over, though, as a mechanical fault with the number one Porsche brought its race to a premature end, the lead car unable to reach the pits.

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Hat - trick for Porsche at Le Mans . @ Porsche _Team wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 ! An epic race that will go down in history! # LeMans 24 @DCRacing_Team @AMR_Official pic.twitter.com/yoSXPYoEhE.

By Dan Ilika Jun 18, 2017 . It was delight sandwiched between devastation for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans , with its top-flight LMP1 team clawing its way out of the drama-filled race to claim victory. The win completes the hat trick for Porsche after the team won each of the last two years.

That saw Jackie Chan DC Racing take over the lead – the first time a lower classification vehicle had led Le Mans – but the Porsche revival denied the team a memorable victory.

Slowly Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley cut the deficit, and an extended stop for Ho-Pin Tung opened the door, Porsche roaring through it with two hours remaining .

There was no stopping Porsche, as Bernhard clocked up a third win, while Bamber secured his second and Hartley his first.

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Porsche LMP Team

2. Jackie Chan DC Racing +1 lap

3. Vaillante Rebellion +3 laps

4. Jackie Chan DC Racing +4 laps

5. Signatech Alpine Matmut +5 laps

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