2018 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a year of firsts! This edition will go down in history thanks to a first win for Toyota at the legendary race despite its efforts to reach the top step on the overall podium since 1985 with the 85C-Ls!
1st overall victory for Toyota in 20 participations, and the first win for its drivers, Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi
1st position on the starting grid for the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid
2nd pole position at the 24 Hours for Kazuki Nakajima (#8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid) after 2014
2nd win for a Japanese marque at Le Mans after Mazda in 1991
2nd Porsche victory in LMGTE Pro, with the #92 911 RSR shared by Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor, after 2013. In a twist of fate, that year the German manufacturer celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 and won both LMGTE Pro and Am, and in 2018 repeated the feat for the 70th anniversary of the car! To leave nothing to chance, Porsche entered 10 911 RSRs at this edition and was the most represented marque of the field.
2: the number of drivers with more than 20 participations at the start, namely Olivier Beretta and Jan Lammers, the latter celebrating his 24th 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend
3rd win for a Japanese driver after Masanori Sekiya (McLaren in 1995) and Seiji Ara (Audi in 2004).
3:17.658 was the fastest lap time, clocked by Sébastien Buemi at the wheel of the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid in the fifth lap of the race
4th pole position for Toyota after 1999, 2014 and 2017
5th time an F1 world champion has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Fernando Alonso joining Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Phil Hill and Jochen Rindt. The Spanish driver is the only two-time F1 world champion to win the race for his first participation, and is still active in F1!
8: the racing number of the winning car, the fifth time in history the number 8 has come out on top after Bentley (1928), Alfa Roméo (1932) and Audi (2006, 2009)
10: there were 10 previous winners at the start of this 86th edition: André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler, Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, Jan Lammers, Mike Rockenfeller, Loïc Duval and Neel Jani
11: the number of times the pole-sitter claimed the top step on the overall podium 24 hours later
Toyota is the 15th marque to score a one-two at Le Mans after Alfa Roméo (1932), Aston Martin (1959), Audi (2001, 2014), Bentley (1930, 2003), Chenard & Walcker (1923), Delahaye (1938), Ferrari (1960), Jaguar (1953, 1990), Talbot (1950), Matra (1972), Mercedes (1952), Porsche (1971, 1987, 1998, 2015) Peugeot (2009) and Sauber (1989)
16: the number of official retirements
18: the age of Phil Hanson (United Autosports' #22 Ligier JS P217-Gibson) and Julien Andlauer (Dempsey-Proton Racing's #77 Porsche 911 RSR), with the oldest driver Mark Patterson (Algarve Pro Racing's #25 Ligier JS P217-Gibson, LMP2) at 66 years young
21: the number of consecutive overall wins for Michelin, starting with the Porsche 911 GT1 in 1998 (the French tire manufacturer has a total of 28 to its credit)
23: number of leader changes between the two Toyotas in LMP1
26: the racing number of LMP2 winner G-Drive Racing's ORECA 07-Gibson driven by Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne, the second win in a row for an ORECA in LMP2!
60: the number of competitors at the start of the 2018 24 Hours, the third time after 2016 and 2017
77: the racing number of the Porsche 911 RSR winner in LMGTE Am shared by Christian Ried, Matt Campbell and rookie Julien Andlauer
343.4 km/h: the fastest speed recorded in-race, clocked by Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel of Signatech Alpine Matmut's #36 Alpine A470-Gibson
388: the total number of laps at this year's edition (5,288.666 km)
256,900: the number of spectators in attendance to watch Toyota's triumph
The 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place 15-16 June 2019 as the spectacular finale of the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) 2018-2019 Super Season. See you there!
PHOTOS: The winners in the various classes.