The Japanese manufacturer won the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the premier category of Hypercars, thanks to its trio Hartley, Buemi and Hirakawa. With this 5th success in a row, Toyota overtook Ford and Alfa Romeo on the list and became the 6th most successful team in the history of the competition.
And 5 for Toyota! The Japanese manufacturer has won a 5th success in a row at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the premier category of Hypercars, thanks to its trio Hartley, Buemi and Hirakawa. At the wheel of the Toyota N.8, they beat another Toyota, the N.7, which finished 2nd. The podium is completed by the Glickenhaus 708. This victory allows Toyota to take 6th place in the ranking of the most successful teams in the competition, just behind Bentley which has six trophies but far from Porsche and its 19 successes.
Victory!! 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours winners!
— TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC (@TGR_WEC) June 12, 2022
The Japanese manufacturer therefore won in front of the public of the most famous endurance car race in the world, finally complete after two years of health restrictions. This quintuple in the premier category of Hypercars comes a year before the return of the big names in motorsport: Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, BMW and Cadillac. All will start at Le Mans for the centenary of the race, in June 2023.
Nightmarish weekend for Alpine
It is also the fourth victory at Le Mans for Buemi, 33, who has also driven in F1 and who has been one of the main drivers, since its creation, of the Formula Electric championship (champion in 2016).
On the French side, Alpine had a nightmarish weekend, punctuated by numerous mechanical problems. The Alpine N.36 fails in 23rd place 18 laps behind the victorious Toyota N.8. At the lower level, the Oreca N.38 of the Jota team, which had been leading since Saturday afternoon, won in LMP2 and the Porsche N.91 of the Porsche team won in LMGTE Pro , taking advantage of the rout of the two Corvettes which had to retire twenty minutes apart at the start of the morning.
In total, eight of the 62 cars at the start did not finish the race, but no serious accident is to be deplored.