01 Jul Postcard from the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

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The 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans was exciting in more ways than one.  The overall podium looked like it might have an LMP2 competitor on the top step as all of the manufacturer LMP1 cars hit trouble with three retiring and the other two spending long periods in the garage before rejoining the track well down the order.

The eventual winner was the no2 Porsche of Brendon Hartley (pictured above), Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard, which had rejoined the track in 54th place overall and 20+ laps behind after the front axle of the car had to be replaced.  The German-New Zealander trio fought their way back up the order to take the lead with just one hour left on the clock.

There were two LMP2 cars on the overall podium with Jackie Chan DC Racing finishing 1st (no38 car pictured above) and 3rd (no37 car) in the P2 class, with the 3rd placed car promoted to 2nd (and 3rd overall) when the no13 Vaillant Rebellion was disqualified for cutting a hole in the bodywork to access the starter solenoid.

The battle between the GT Manufacturers was even more instense.  The race was decided on the very last lap of the 24 hour race when Aston Martin’s Jonny Adam overtook the leading Corvette on the last corner to begin the last lap of the race.  The podium was Aston Martin, Ford and Chevrolet – brilliant stuff.

The LMGTE Am class was equally exciting and it was a fairytale win for the JMW Motorsport

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