Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Ryo Hirakawa are the winners of the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP was not the only big motorsports event of the weekend. The 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans took place at the same time at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Sebastien Buemi in the no.8 Toyota Gazoo Racing remained in the lead at the start. Behind him, however, things went chaotic. Several cars cut the Dunlop chicane. The no.22 United Autosports LMP2 car was involved in an incident and was stuck in gravel, while the no.47 Algarve Pro Racing car stopped at the track. The no.41 RealTeam by WRT car got a puncture. Slow zones had to be deployed.
Robert Kubica capitalized on the calamity and took over the lead in the LMP2 class in the no.9 PREMA. Corvette’s Nick Tandy was leading in LMGTE Pro, while Harry Tincknell from Dempsey-Proton Racing was in front in LMGTE Am.
Tincknell lost the lead after having been passed by Matteo Cairoli from Team Project 1 and GR Racing’s Benjamin Barker. Meanwhile, Rene Rast from no.31 Team WRT was given a 1-minute stop-and-go penalty for causing a collision at the start.
Jota’s Antonio Felix da Costa got ahead of Kubica after their first pit stops. Up front, Mike Conway became the new Hypercar leader.
Alpine’s Nicolas Lapierre was running in 5th in the Hypercar class and was chasing Franck Mailleux from Glickenhaus Racing. However, traffic became a challenge for both drivers.
The battle for the lead in LMGTE Am intensified again as new leader Alessio Picariello was defending from Cairoli. The Hardpoint driver lost the lead, but to WeatherTech’s Julien Andlauer.
Jean-Baptiste Lahaye in the no.35 Ultimate LMP2 car spun and stopped right outside the track, triggering a slow zone. At the same time, the no.709 Glickenhaus car went to the garage to get a new sensor.
Though the weather was good for racing, it also became a challenge for drivers. Sunset made visibility more difficult.
We saw different battles in the LMP2 and GT fields throughout the night, keeping the racetrack active. With 11 hours to go, the no.35 Ultimate Team crashed and caused a yellow flag, though the driver was able to continue to the pits.
The Toyota no.8 continued to lead the race with the sister car, no.7, behind them. For LMP2, it was JOTA who dominated with PREMA behind.
Big misfortune struck the no.64 Corvette Racing crew. Alexander Sims was leading in the LMGTE Pro category, but hit the wall following a collision with the no.83 AF Corse LMP2 car. The car was severely damaged and it had to be retired.
Safety Car was deployed for the first time after the no.31 Team WRT car hit the barrier.
The no.8 Toyota Gazoo Racing car went on to win this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 2-minute advantage over their sister car. The no.38 JOTA was on top in LMP2. In LMGTE Pro, the no.91 Porsche GT Team car triumphed, while the no.33 TF Sport car won the race in LMGTE Am.
The winners of the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans in each category:
|Hypercar||8||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Sebastien Buemi/Brendon Hartley/Ryo Hirakawa|
|LMP2||38||JOTA||Roberto Gonzalez/Antonio Felix da Costa/Will Stevens|
|LMGTE Pro||91||Porsche GT Team||Gianmaria Bruni/Richard Lietz/Frederic Makowiecki|
|LMGTE Am||33||TF Sport||Ben Keating/Henrique Chaves/Marco Sorensen|