Best Tweets: Fans in shock as Jackie Chan leads Le Mans

Best Tweets: Fans in shock as Jackie Chan leads Le Mans

The solitary vehicle that remained, driven by Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, limped to ninth overall and second in their category with the other LMP1 winning the race.

There was no stopping Porsche as Bernhard clocked up a third win, while Bamber secured his second and it was a first for Hartley. First it was the #8, which spent almost two hours in the garage undergoing hybrid system repairs in the early evening. Considering the race was thrown wide open due to madness we'll get to later, ByKolles could've scored a good result.

Congrats to Porsche on their third consecutive win at Le Mans, one of the most hard endurance races in the world.

There had been four other high-profile failures going back to 1994 at that point but this year's was particularly harsh.

But the 36-year-old Bernhard, racing in the faster and more powerful LMP1 category Porsche 919 Hybrid, overtook the Oreca with about one hour remaining.

Its lead eventually grew to 13 laps toward the end of the race, the LMP2 runners from second place downward, leaving it with little competition.

Revelling in his debut Le Mans triumph, Hartley paid tribute to the swift work of the mechanics and crew of the No 2 auto.

"Then I saw our sister auto and I had mixed emotions when I came across it three or four hours from the end".

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

Lapierre again tried to limp around a full lap to the pits but the rear end of the auto suffered further damage and he was forced to pull over and retire, agonisingly within sight of the pit lane. It would recover to 9th place behind seven LMP2s. Putting it all on the line, Timo Bernhard went hell for leather as he continued to scythe past hapless LMP2 machines - barely missing hitting the guardrail at one point on the Mulsanne straight - and get himself on the same lap as the leading #38 auto driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Thomas Laurent and Oliver Jarvis. The No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing vehicle finished second in LMP2 and third overall, rounding out the podium. One owned by Jackie Chan. Their Ligier-Gibson JSP217 driven by Filipe Albuquerque, Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen didn't have the pace of the ORECA, but had a clean run through the race. Jordan Taylor, driving the No. 63 Corvette, pulled some lovely moves to keep his lead over the Aston Martin GTE, but suffered a puncture with just about a lap to go, and he was denied glory for the American team. The duo had run more or less nose to tail after the final round of pit stops, but an off-track excursion for Taylor at the 2nd chicane on the Mulsanne earlier on the Mulsanne Straight ultimately proved decisive.

This was when Aston Martin driver Jonathan Adam made his move into Arnage, the slowest corner on the track.

Have a terrific week.


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