The 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans – 3rd round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC) – brought mixed feelings: emotion, joy and disappointment. Porsche LMP Team’s No.2 919 Hybrid finally conquered the 19th win for the Weissach factory at the world’s greatest endurance race.
Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley won with a stunning comeback. Because of a problem with its front motor generator unit/hybrid system, the car No.2 lost 65 minutes in the pits for repairs, in the first quarter of the race.
Behind the Porsche arrived seven LMP2 cars. The No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID was the only LMP1 car left that finished the race, later on Sébastien Buemi-Anthony Davidson-Kazuki Nakajima also staged a fight back after a similar front motor problem which occurred just before the 8-hour mark.
Aston Martin won over the GT Class
Aston Martin Racing’s Jonny Adam, Darren Turner and Daniel Serra won the class LMGTE Pro (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC). The excitement came at the end on the second-last lap as Adam’s No.97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE passed the No.63 Corvette at the Ford Chicane, following a lock-up on the Mulsanne Straight that resulted in a left-front puncture for the Corvette driver.