Finally. Audi Sport's five year streak of wins at Le Mans is over. The #19 Porsche Team 919 LMP1 car has won Le Mans. Piloted by Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, and current F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg, Porsche has brought a winning car back to Le Mans for the first time since 1998.
This is Porsche's 17th win at Le Mans, increasing their lead in all-time wins over Audi with 13 wins. However, Audi did finish 3rd on the podium this year, finishing 2 laps down to the #19 Porsche. In second was the #17 Porsche; driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and ex-F1 driver Mark Webber. It was a good result for Porsche this year as all three of their cars qualified in the first three positions and finished in the top 5.
One of the main stories for this years race was the win taken by current Sahara Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg. This was Hulkenberg's first ever race at Le Mans and in the WEC, however, he showed his natural skill behind the wheel on the Circuit de La Sarthe. Nico's win has sparked an interest in other F1 driver's to take their talents to Le Mans and the WEC. Carlos Sainz Jr, Sebastien Vettel, and Fernando Alonso were among several drivers to speak highly on driving in Le Mans.
Along from several drivers, Sahara Force India praised Hulkenberg's drive: “Nico’s performance displayed his immense talent and made all of us at Sahara Force India proud. I truly hope he will be boosted by this success and translate it into another great performance in Austria.”
Congratulations to the #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid for their win at Le Mans!