Time to celebrate.
Exactly 45 years to this day did Porsche score its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it has just clinched its 17th win at the world’s most grueling endurance race. Yes, that means Porsche has beaten Audi, which has literally dominated Le Mans for the past few years. Not only was the Porsche 919 endurance racer fast, but it was also more reliable than Audi’s cars, which lost time due to mechanical issues and therefore more pit stops.
Drivers Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenberg, and Nick Tandy have cruised to victory while their teammates Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber finished second, completing the 1-2 for Porsche. US driver and actor Patrick Dempsey also celebrated the biggest win of his racing career by coming in second in a Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class. This is a huge day for Porsche and it marks a hell of a return at the Sarthe.