The Porsche No. 2 team of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb won the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours race Sunday in the most dramatic finish in the event’s history. The Toyota No.
|Position||Team / Drivers||N°|
|1st||PORSCHE LMP TEAM Bernhard T. Bamber E. Hartley B.||#2|
|2nd||JACKIE CHAN DC RACING Tung H. Laurent T. Jarvis O.||#38|
|3rd||JACKIE CHAN DC RACING Cheng D. Gommendy T. Brundle A.||#37|
|4th||SIGNATECH ALPINE MATMUT Panciatici N. Ragues P. Negrão A.||#35|
British-born Ken Miles was a gifted race car engineer and driver. … Miles won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1966, and placed second at Le Mans. Miles died in a crash while testing Ford’s J-Car later that year.
The race was won by the No. 19 Porsche of Nick Tandy and Le Mans rookies Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg, followed a lap behind by the No. 17 Porsche of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
|FIA World Endurance Championship|
|Most wins (driver)||Tom Kristensen (9)|
|Most wins (team)||Joest Racing (13)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Porsche (19)|
Its endurance racing legacy was revived with the launch of the latest-generation, EcoBoost-powered Ford GT racing program, one that scored a breakout class win at the 2016 Le Mans race—50 years after Ford’s signature triumph in 1966.
But this is a glaring historical mistake, as Enzo Ferrari didn’t attend Le Mans ’66, meaning he wouldn’t have been present to give a gracious tip of the hat to Ken Miles come race end.
August 17, 1966
The No. 63 Corvette C8. R of Jordan Taylor, Antonio Garcia and Nicky Catsburg settled for a runner-up finish in the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans following an intense battle with the race-winning No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 Alessandro Pier Guidi, Come Ledogar and James Calado.
|2016||Porsche 919 Hybrid||Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb|
|2017||Porsche 919 Hybrid||Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley|
|2018||Toyota TS050 Hybrid||Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi, Nakajima Kazuki|
|2019||Toyota TS050 Hybrid||Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi, Nakajima Kazuki|
The 24 Hour War
In 1966, Ford won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time. The following year, they won again. The year after that, they won a third time. And in 1969, a fourth.
Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood won the 1970 race in a Porsche 917, the first win for the German manufacturer.May 4, 2015
In June of 1965, the 33rd Grand Prix of Endurance, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was held, as usual, at the Circuit de La Sarthe and was ultimately won by the North American Racing Team’s #21 Ferrari 250LM.May 19, 2014
|RACING YEAR||TOP SPEED (km/h)||LAP TIME|
|2018-2019||N/A||3:15.38 (2018) 3:15.50 (2019)|
Chassis P/1046 was passed through multiple owners who restored the vehicle, but the most notable was when it was bought by Rob Kauffman, owner of RK Motors, in 2014. After an extensive 4,000+ hours of restoration with Rare Drive in New Hampshire, the original winning GT40 was restored back to its race-ready state.
The real life Le Mans ’66 ended with a historic finish: Ford trounced the frontrunner Ferrari as all three Ford cars crossed the finish line in a dead heat. But there’s some additional drama in the “Ford v Ferrari” portrayal.
No. Carroll Shelby never bet Henry Ford II his entire business so that Ken Miles could drive at Le Mans. Ford’s right hand Leo Beebe (portrayed by Josh Lucas) did object to risks that Ken Miles took on the track, but the tension between Shelby and Beebe in the movie is significantly dramatized.
Having said that, actual events also don’t always cooperate in taking place in the best possible way to make a great movie. … In the film, Leo Beebe is never a fan of Shelby or Miles and takes whatever opportunities he has to actively sabotage their chances of winning.
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