Ferrari takes overall victory at Le Mans centenary in momentous return

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It has been 50 years since Ferrari has arrived on the Circuit de la Sarthe and competed for general victory. Regardless of its absence, the Italian automaker has lastly reclaimed the highest step of the rostrum with automotive #51 narrowly defeating the Toyota GR #8 automotive. 

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Many extra challengers for the general Le Mans Hypercar class in 2023 means Toyota GR had their work minimize out for them to retain their title. In 2022 solely two producers, Toyota GR and Glickenhaus, competed for general victory.

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The brand new 12 months with newly carried out laws has fostered extra wholesome competitors within the high flight of the distinguished occasion. A complete of 16 entries now accompany Toyota GR and Glickenhaus, together with Ferrari, Cadillac, Peugeot and Porsche.

After a nailbiting interval on the Circuit de la Sarthe, it was the #51 Ferrari 499P automotive of Antonio Giovinazzi, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado that emerged victorious over the #8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid of Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryō Hirakawa. Being impressively matched in efficiency, each contenders supplied some nailbiting moments for spectators and their respective groups.

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With lower than 2 hours to go, being over a dozen of seconds behind the Prancing Horse, Hirakawa suffered a spin in direction of the Porsche curves which relegated the younger Japanese driver to over 3 minutes behind the chief – they might not combat in opposition to the Prancing Horse till the chequered flag fell at 4 PM.

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Following the race chief and runner-up was a duo of Cadillacs that regardless of their consistency, appear to have been barely shy of the efficiency to maintain up with the entrance runners. The American brutes had been chased by the sister automotive of the victorious Ferrari, adopted by Porsche Penske. Additional down, a duo of Glickenhaus led the duo of wingless Peugeots.

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