Bad luck chases the Dutch during the 24 Hours of Le Mans


Toyota has ruled the strongest LMP1 class for years. The second team of the Japanese manufacturer finished this 88th edition ‘only’ fourth after technical problems. From next, the LMP1 cars will be replaced by so-called, slightly slower hypercars.

Beitske Visser was the first female participant from the Netherlands to have a fine debut in the legendary race, unfortunately without more than 250,000 spectators and held in September instead of June. In the women’s team Richard Mille Racing with Sophia Flörsch and Tatiana Calderon, she finished ninth in the LMP2 class, and thirteenth in the overall ranking. Visser was thus the best Dutch.

Many other contenders had a less than happy edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ho-Pin Tung appeared with Jackie Chan DC Racing on their way to a top place in the LMP2, but in hour eight the car came to a halt in the leading position due to electronic malheur. Because Tung’s fellow driver Gabriel Aubrey was handed a part from a team member to get the car running again, the team was disqualified moments later. Then Job van Uitert’s United Autosports was in the lead for a long time, but an oil leak put an end to the podium opportunities. The other team of United Autosports, founded by McLaren CEO, including Paul di Resta, won the race in the LMP2 after a nerve-racking final phase.

Team Richard Mille Racing: Sophia Flörsch (l), Tatiana Calderon and Beitske Visser (far right).

Team Richard Mille Racing: Sophia Flörsch (l), Tatiana Calderon and Beitske Visser (far right).

Racing Team Netherlands also had a sporty, dramatic course in that class. After a few minutes a top ranking was actually already out of sight due to engine problems. In the night, Nyck de Vries also crashed after a collision with a vehicle behind. He finished the race with Giedo van der Garde and Frits van Eerd and eventually finished sixteenth in the LMP2 class. Renger van der Zande (Dragonspeed USA) finished with his team twelfth and sixteenth overall.

During the spectacular race, Larry ten Voorde just missed a podium place in the LMGTE AM class. The driver, who recently became champion in the Porsche Supercup, saw that his Project 1 team from Porsche lost two more places in the absolute final phase and finally finished fourth. Max van Splunteren and Jeroen Bleekemolen, after an early collision with his companion Felipe Fraga, finished with their teams in twelfth and fourteenth respectively.

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