After a race full of surprises and upsets, the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley clinches a 19th victory for the marque at the Circuit des 24 Heures. A historic win! The second and third places go to two LMP2s Orecas fielded by Jackie Chan DC Racing (#38) and Vaillante Rebellion (#13).
Will Stevens (#84 Ferrari), LMGTE Am winner: Last year, I came second in LMP2 with G-Drive Racing. I wanted to come back this year into a competitive environment. When JMW told me they were doing Le Mans with a new car with factory backing, I accepted. It's a great victory for me and for the JMW team. We had to learn very quickly as the team received the car late. It was superb throughout the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
I hope it will open up new opportunities for me. I began in LMP, and this year took the decision to race in GTE. I hope I've proved I'm capable of winning and can win outright. I'm looking for opportunities for sure. I'm racing for Audi in GT3, but I'd love to come back to FIA WEC.
Robert Smith (Ferrari #84): I can't believe we're on the top step of the podium. JMW did a great job preparing the car. We didn't make any mistakes and that's what helped us win it. As an amateur, I found the traffic very difficult at night and easier during the day. You have to realise how fast the LMP1s and LMP2s are travelling. It's an incredible day for the whole JMW family. I'm delighted to be in a team with these two super-fast drivers.
Jonathan Adam (#97 Aston Martin), LMGTE Pro winner: My car was great in the final stint. We had to grab the opportunity. I came too hard into the turn. I managed to keep the car on the track. We were all very quick. The car had no problems at all. It's great to be able to fight throughout the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It's a dream come true. I started out in karting when I was seven. I'm lucky to have two great co-drivers. We really focused on this race and it paid off.
Nelson Piquet Jr (#13 Oreca), 2nd in LMP2, 3rd overall: It was a very long race for us. We didn't know what to expect. We were a little worried after the first two FIA WEC rounds. We had a few little reliability issues which cost us victory. It was a bit of a rollercoaster. We knew we had starter trouble. I'm happy but exhausted. I did more stints than expected. I'm delighted and we'll come back even stronger next year.
Dries Vanthoor (#84 Ferrari): Winning this race at my age is really special. I hope it'll bring more opportunites. It's been an incredible week. We had a clean, error-free race. When those two things come together, you are sure to get a good result.
Ho-Pin Tung (#38 Oreca): Race conditions were very tough. Congratulations to Oreca and Hugues de Chaunac for building this car and to Gibson for this engine.
Thomas Laurent (#38 Oreca): The last two years have flown by for me, especially since I've been with David Cheng Racing. It has enabled me to find my feet in endurance. I knew straight away that it was for me. This is an extraordinary result. I thank the whole team.
Daniel Serra (#97 Aston Martin), LMGTE Pro winner: I've been doing tyre tests for Dunlop for two and a half years. The team knew me and we entered into discussions last year and signed a contract. I'm really grateful to Dunlop. We took pole on Thursday and we won - not bad for a rookie. It's the most famous race in the world, it's unbelievable.
I've got a long history with Dunlop. When Aston Martin was looking for a driver for its tyre tests, Dunlop told them there was a driver in Brazil, so I tested for Aston Martin and that's how it all began.