Veteran German driver Timo Bernhard led Porsche to a dramatic third straight win on the 24 Hours Le Mans race to stop an enormous upset win for the lesser class Oreca staff on Sunday.
After a collection of mishaps to pre-race favorites Porsche and Toyota, the LMP2 class Oreca abruptly discovered itself within the lead with 19-yr-previous Frenchman Thomas Laurent behind the wheel three hours from the top of the grueling endurance race.
However the 36-yr-previous Bernhard, racing within the quicker and extra highly effective LMP1 class Porsche 919 Hybrid, overtook the Oreca with about 1 hour remaining.
Because the Porsche No. 2 crossed the end line, there have been scenes of aid within the Porsche storage as group members danced round holding up t-shirts with “Hat trick 2015, 2016, 2017” written on them.
Teammate Brendon Hartley, who had finished a lot of the arduous work to tug Porsche again into the race, was in tears.
Bernhard completed about one minute forward of the Jackie Chan DC Racing staff automotive, owned by the famed motion film star.
Bernhard additionally gained the race in 2010 when driving for the dominant Audi staff.
It was a implausible comeback win contemplating that the Porsche No. 2 was held up for multiple hour as a result of technical issues earlier within the race.