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Toyota GAZOO Racing Wins 86th 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Toyota made some history over the June 17th weekend by taking the overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race at the Circuit de La Sarthe in France. It was the automaker’s 20th attempt.

The company had entered 47 cars at Le Mans prior to this weekend’s race and finished on the podium six times. With the win, Toyota becomes the second Japanese manufacturer to win at La Sarthe, joining Mazda’s 1991 victory in the rotary-powered 787B.

The #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid, in the capable hands of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso, started from the pole position and took the checkered flag, completing 388 drama-filled laps in the company of 256,900 fans at the legendary Circuit de La Sarthe.

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and José María López, who led for long periods in the #7 TS050 Hybrid, nabbed the runner up spot, making it a Toyota GAZOO Racing sweep. After being less than a minute behind for 23 hours, a late refueling problem put the #8 two laps down, the third place finisher, the #3 Rebellion, was 12 laps arrears.


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