Legendary F1 rivals Alain Prost and Ayrton
Senna never raced at Le Mans, but Alain’s
son Nicolas and Ayrton’s nephew Bruno
shared a Rebellion LMP2 this year and were
in contention for the win before trouble hit.
Jackie Chan DC Racing
came close to playing Jackie
the Giant Killer at Le Mans.
The team part-owned by the
action-movie star not only
reigned in the
but threatened to
honors as the
factory LMP1 cars
faltered one by one.
The leading ORECA 07-
Gibson shared by Oliver
Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and
Thomas Lauren inherited the
overall lead when Porsche’s
No. 1 919 Hybrid lost its
engine, and although it was
overhauled relatively easily by
the recovering No. 2 Porsche,
the speed and
consistency of the
LMP2 class leaders
Things got even
better for Jackie
Chan DC when the second-
placed Vaillante Rebellion was
later disqualified for a
bodywork mod, giving the
team a 1-2 sweep of the class.
The ACO’s 2020 LMP1
regulations will focus on the
introduction of plug-in hybrid
enhancements, and cost
reduction. The hope is that the
new rules will encourage new
manufacturers, such as former
LMP1 entrant Peugeot.
“Discussion was not just
between Porsche, Toyota and
Peugeot – the ACO and FIA
had other manufacturers
involved,” said Porsche boss
Andreas Seidel. “I think there
have been a lot of measures
put in place which will
decrease costs significantly.”
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Porsche, too, had more trouble ahead.
The No. 1 919 was up by 13 laps when its
V4 engine lost oil pressure with four hours
to go. This left the LMP2 ORECA Gibson of
Jackie Chan DC Racing in the overall lead,
until the No. 2 Porsche overhauled it with
just over an hour remaining.
Afterward, Bamber focused on the time
in which his car wasn’t running – a fitting
tribute for this strange race.
“The guys ripped into it and we got it
done in under an hour, and then it was a
matter of fighting back to the top five –
and then top five became a podium, and
podium became a win,” he said. “It’s so
magical to get the win for Porsche in that
circumstance. I mean, that’s purely what
endurance racing’s all about.”
Toyota’s Kamui Kobayashi made
something of a mockery of the ACO’s
efforts to curb lap speeds at Le Mans
through aero reductions. The former F1
driver’s record-shattering pole time of
3m14.791s in his TS050 HYBRID was a
staggering 2.3sec clear of teammate
Kazuki Nakajima in second place.
Bamber and Bernhard took
their second Le Mans wins,
Bamber having been on
Porsche’s winning team in
2015, while Bernhard also
won with Audi in 2010. For
Hartley, though, it was all
a first-time thrill.
The pace and
reliability of the
Jackie Chan DC
P2 cars nearly
yielded an upset
for the ages.
Will more cost controls encourage Peugeot
to return to LMP1, where it ruled in 2009?