Ferrari Victorious At Le Mans After 58 Years

Ferrari: Triumphant Without Competing 50 Years

Previously, before Ferrari became a widely-discussed leader in the supercar race, they had established themselves as an acclaimed racing figure, claiming triumph at Le Mans nine times until Ford upset their streak in the year 1966. However, Ferrari has returned to their successful form, using their centenary running of the competition to acquire pole position and their tenth Le Mans success; a full fifty years after last entering the highest division and 58 subsequent years since their prior victory.

Car #50 may have clinched pole, but inclement weather conditions caused #51 to veer off course into a sandpit and relinquish the lead. Ultimately, it was the second Ferrari, #51, that reigned triumphant; having driven 342 laps in 24 hours with Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, and former Formula 1 racer Antonio Giovinazzi aboard the Ferrari 499P, which employs the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine as the Ferrari 296 GTB and GTS models.

Ferrari currently finds itself in third position for overall manufacturer wins, lagging behind Porsche (19) and Audi (13). This is quite an accomplishment since the brand has not been involved for the past fifty years.

Ferrari Historic Win at Le Mans

In a close second, the #8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid piloted by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Ryo Hirakawa came in roughly one minute and 21 seconds after the Ferrari. Lastly, the #2 Cadillac V-Series.R, steered by Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, and Richard Westbrook, concluded one lap behind.

During a full 24 hours of racing, the top three finishes were at most merely two laps apart on a lengthy 8.4-mile circuit in France. The impressiveness of this was vast, and had the potential to be even closer than that. With only two hours of racing left, Toyota’s #8 car was barely sitting in second place by less than 10 seconds. Regrettably, Ryo Hirakawa veered off track at Arnage, and although the Gazoo Racing team worked swiftly to repair it in under two minutes, they were unable to close the gap.

Cadillac grabbed the fourth spot, whilst the #50 Ferrari placed fifth. Two Glickenhaus 007s took sixth and seventh, whilst the vehicle without wings, the Peugeot, came in eighth.

Ferrari Hypercar #51 in the gravel trap while leading I 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans I FIA WEC

As the competition ensued, ownership of the front spot switched multiple times, and had there not been numerous crashes, an unexpected victor might have been noticed.

The drama was not only confined to the Hypercar class, with LMP2 and LMGTE Am also producing loads of thrilling moments. These categories saw a fierce four-team battle, with the Iron Dames entry, having women in all positions, leading the way for a long period, until they ultimately dropped to fourth position. The consequent victor was the #33 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, granting a splendid remission to the retiring factory Corvette racing squad after 25 years of service.

Perhaps the most peculiar entrant in the Le Mans roster was undeniably the Hendriks Motorsports #56 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR, coming in 39th overall with 285 laps finished. Despite being slightly ahead of the LMGTE Am field, it ultimately needed to be fixed quickly due to a gearbox problem that emerged late in the race.

The Camaro is on its way to becoming near-legendary with the release of a restricted assortment of 56 Camaro ZL1 Garage 56 Models.

Ferrrari Hypercar #51 to the Le Mans Podium I 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans I FIA WEC

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