The news is that, for the first time in 2021, it was number # 7 piloted by Mike Conway, José María López Y Kamui kobayashi those who prevailed in the temple of speed, although they did not lack suffering.
The meeting started with relative comfort for both cars of the Japanese team. With the # 7 in front, from pole, and the # 8 following them, the big change came at an hour and a half into the race, when a breakdown in the hydraulic system forced Brendon hartley to get into the pits. To the time lost due to this breakdown, it was later added that a hub on the left front wheel had broken and this repair was considerably more expensive: 12 laps were left.
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This left Toyota with only one car fighting to win, but they did not count on the unexpected Glickenhaus with so much push. In fact, the # 709 with the fireproof Romain dumas At the wheel he took the lead when the number 7 was forced to stop due to a breakdown.
It seemed that this time, yes, that Toyota’s reign could end … but being the leader in this race seemed like a curse. The ‘gremlins‘Mechanics touched the North American car (on the brakes, specifically) and with their entry into the pits for four laps they were left out of the options to win.
Although the # 7 Toyota was put in front of the test again, and ended up winning, it was also investigated for an illegal pit entry, which ultimately made them fear a penalty after the race. A full course yellow half an hour from the end allowed them to breathe easy, despite the fact that a ‘splash & dash’ that did not go quite well forced Conway to go to the limit until the end.
Winner in LMP2, third overall
Proof of the difficulty of this race was that United Autosports # 22 of Albuquereque, Scherer and Hanson, who won the race in its category, was third overall, ahead of the Glickenhaus and only surpassed by the Toyota GR010 that conquered the victory and the Alpine # 36.
Together with them, the components of Team WRT from Oreca # 31 (Ferdinand of Habsburg, Charles Milesi and Robin Frinjs), who started the race as leaders but found an inopportune safety car that destroyed them, and those of Racing Team Nederland # 29 (Chatin, De Vries and Van Eerd), who won Inter Europol Competition # 39 in a frenzied last hour.
Porsche can with Ferrari at LMGTEPro
The # 92 Porsche of Neel Jani and Kevin Estre beat Ferrari # 51 of James Calado and Alesandro Pier Guidi, after starring in an intense fight that was not resolved until the last laps.
The fight between the two, especially between Estre and Pier Guidi, left moments of maximum tension and as proof of this, a fact: they never had an advantage of more than 7 seconds.
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Miguel Molina He also had drawer options, and even something else, but ended up giving up at the end of the race with Daniel Serra in their fight for third place with the other Porsche, Bruni and Lietz’s # 91.
In the LMGTEAm category, always exciting because of the constant failures, the victory went to Nicklas Nielsen at the wheel of the Ferrari of the AF Corse # 83, with special attention to his teammate Alessio Rovera, who was in charge of starting. This time they didn’t have to fight the # 98 Aston Martin from Paul Dalla Lana, Marcos Gomes and Augusto Farfus, that enough they had to endure the D’Station until the final moments.
The next round of the WEC will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and nothing has been decided. It will be necessary to see if this time it weighs them, or not, that it is in August, or they improve what was seen if they had done it in June as (almost) always.