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Aston Martin Defeats Corvette in Final Lap GTE-Pro Showdown

Adam defeats Taylor in dramatic late battle for GTE-Pro at Le Mans…

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Jonny Adam, Darren Turner and Daniel Serra took a dramatic GTE-Pro class victory for Aston Martin Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in a repeat of the classic battles for GT1 honors with Corvette Racing from 10 years ago.  

The race came down the penultimate lap as Adam’s No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE passed Jordan Taylor’s No. 63 Corvette C7.R at the Ford Chicane, following a lock-up on the Mulsanne Straight that resulted in a left-front puncture for the Corvette driver.

It was Aston Martin’s first victory in the GTE-Pro division at Le Mans and came a decade after Darren Turner, Rickard Rydell and David Brabham took AMR’s first Le Mans win, also over Corvette, in the GT1 class, in 2007.

It was Turner’s third class victory at Le Mans, and a first for both Adam and Brazilian driver Serra on his first appearance in the race.

Taylor managed to limp his damaged car across the line, but lost second to the No. 67 Ford GT of Harry Tincknell, Andy Priaulx and Pipo Derani, who take the lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship as a result.

Five different manufacturers filled the top-five positions in a race that delivered on its billing and was far more evenly-matched than last year’s two-horse race between Ford and Ferrari.

The dynamic of the race only became clear at the final pitstops with 47 minutes to go, as the multiple strategies played out between the six cars remaining on the lead lap.

Fighting back from an early puncture that forced them to run off strategy, the No. 63 Corvette of Taylor emerged with a slender advantage over Adam, driving the car which had set a new lap record for a GTE car around the current configuration in qualifying.

The pair were never separated by more than a few car-lengths over the final stint, before Adam made his move with three laps to go at Arnage.

However, Taylor saw it coming and completed the over-under on corner exit to regain the lead.

He looked set for victory at this stage, but a lock-up at the second chicane on the Mulsanne Straight allowed Adam to close in again heading into the last lap.

With the Aston Martin filling his mirrors, Taylor ran wide at the Ford Chicane and again in his attempts to recover the position at the Dunlop Chicane, before the tire finally let go entering Tetre Rouge, dashing hopes of securing Corvette’s ninth win in the French endurance classic.

A late splash-and-dash dropped the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR of Fred Makowiecki, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet to fourth on the mid-engined car’s first outing at Le Mans, with the No. 71 AF Corse 488 GTE shared by Sam Bird, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina finishing fifth.

Several expected contenders fell by the wayside in the early morning hours.

Tommy Milner lost control of the No. 64 Corvette at the Porsche Curves and got stuck in the gravel as he tried to get back to the pits on three wheels, shortly before Michael Christensen crashed the No. 92 Porsche at the Ford Chicane.

Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Richie Stanaway fought back from a left-rear puncture in the early stages to the lead by the early morning, before Stanaway made a mistake and crashed at Mulsanne Corner.

The major beneficiary of this appeared to be the No. 51 Ferrari of James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Michele Rugolo, but Calado lost over an hour in the pits with radiator damage following a clash with the TF Sport’s Aston Martin, posing a heavy blow to the team’s WEC championship aspirations.

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James Newbold (@James_Newbold) is a UK-based freelance motorsport journalist. A graduate of Politics and International Relations, James is also the editor of Autosport Performance.

91 Comments

91 Comments

  1. Nick

    June 18, 2017 at 9:19 am

    WOW!

  2. therandomguy

    June 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Like last year with Toyota Corvette get the heartbreak. But true props to Aston Martin Racing for getting the win.
    The BOP was almost right or even almost perfect so cannot complain there.

  3. JamieR

    June 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

    That was an absolutely insane race, but GTE-Pro takes the crown. Watching Aston and Corvette duel it out made me feel about 13 again.

    For all the moaning, well done ACO. The BoP was pretty much spot on.

  4. GrimBrotherOne

    June 18, 2017 at 9:26 am

    YES!!! Pretty much the perfect ending in GTE. Wanted either Ford or Aston to take it, and the finish couldn’t have been more exciting. Incredible work by every team, driver, and crew-member up and down pit lane.

  5. Tyler Sanders

    June 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Taylor choked.

    • Steven

      June 18, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Yep.

    • JamieR

      June 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

      His tyres were knackered to be fair. Adam certainly had the faster car and i suspect would have got past before the end regardless of the puncture. Not sure if the contact at Arnage had anything to do with that

      • Chips O'Toole

        June 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

        Will be interested to here his story. The contact in Arnage was light and at the left rear only. Corvette’s twitter account says they had a right rear puncture.

        • tracer

          June 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm

          He’s essentially said that ‘it just wasn’t Corvette’s day’ and that they weren’t likely to win after their puncture delay earlier in the race. As for his Colin McRae impression at the second chicane? He said he was simply caught out by worn tires and attempted to “floor it” through the gravel trap to maintain his position… and without question, the brush with Adams at Arnage had absolutely nothing to do with it.

          • Chips O'Toole

            June 18, 2017 at 4:32 pm

            Thanks..

      • GTurner38

        June 18, 2017 at 4:21 pm

        Corvette had put those tires on 25 minutes after Aston made their last tire change. If the tires were shot, it’s because either Magnussen or Taylor abused them.

    • Joe Nowak

      June 22, 2017 at 1:06 am

      Been thinking the same all along.

  6. Overtake24

    June 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Now that was a great race. Huge difference compared to last years. I like the whole idea of the slow zones but man they really need to fix the safety car procedure. I’m sure just about every team was screwed from it at some point.

    • Overtake24

      June 18, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Also when is the WEC and the ACO going to realize the GT Pro class has the best and most exciting racing. I swear after watching Le Mans over the last few years the GT class never gets the respect it deserves. IMSA showcases the GT classes much better. They switch the camera way too often and I don’t understand this fastcination of showing the team members in the garages all the time. The GT class was seconds apart the entire race but I bet they showed the leading lmp1 car all by itself for a longer duration of time then the entire GT class.

      • Mike S.

        June 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

        Yeah agreed. IMSA GT hasn’t been as good lately though. But even when privateers were in GT in IMSA it didn’t get the respect. I just wish we could have 13-15 GT cars like at Le Mans (I know expensive). Now its back to 6 or so cars in WEC and 8 in IMSA but people still think car count doesn’t matter. It does in a longer race. This is why endurance racing is better than the shorter races (COTA was unwatchable in turn one of green flag in GTLM). Half the field was affected. More long drama and issues don’t mean you are done if they happen early on in these endurance races.

      • tracer

        June 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

        Couldn’t agree with you more. The constant lengthy garage cut aways and complete lack of focus on a once in a decade closing laps battle made watching the world feed coverage beyond frustrating. It was unwatchable. I’m not an American who is predisposed to disliking the French, but putting a director in charge who obviously does not have a motorsports background is about as French a thing the ACO could possibly do.

        • GrimBrotherOne

          June 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm

          In fairness, that equally describes exactly the state of American politics these days lol.

          • tracer

            June 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

            Erm, wha?

          • GrimBrotherOne

            June 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

            The putting of people in charge that have no idea what they’re doing or experience in that field lol.

          • tracer

            June 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

            Ahh well I can’t argue with that one!

  7. TopCat501

    June 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Yep thanks to BOP the most antiquated car in the class was made competitive and actually won the race. Thank you BOP.

    At the end of the day they are trying to achieve what NASCAR does with their formula mandating template bodies, engines and chassis. Implement NASCAR and stop trying to figure out restrictions to slow down the fast cars and speed up the clunkers because that my friend can be screwed up quite easily as they’ve demonstrated in the past

    • JamieR

      June 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

      We’ll that is the point of BoP, to prevent escalating costs and make the class more appealing to manufacturers. Aston (and others) would not be there if they were expected to produce a new car every 2 years.

      I have often criticised BoP in the WEC, however this justified them. Anyone of about 8 cars could’ve won in Pro, and with BMW and potentially others arriving in the future, competition is getting better and better.

      Shout out to Dunlop also, i suspect other GTE teams and BMW may be taking a look at tyre options now.

      • LM Mike

        June 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        Yea Dunlop tyres good and more teams should be interested.

        • Steven

          June 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

          Dunlop showed their tires were far better in the higher heat than the Michelins. Both the Aston and Corvette were on their respected soft compounds and Taylor’s tires were gone even before the puncture and they even had less laps on them.

          • Sir Skidsalot

            June 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm

            You realize that the Dunlap tires were on by far the lightest tires, thus had to deal with the lightest loading. I’m sure that the BoP and lighter weight carried, had more to do with Aston Martin’s win than the flipping tires. Glad they beat the Whiner’s favorite sandbagging Vette, karma’s a bitch.

      • tracer

        June 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

        Excellent post.

    • Andres

      June 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      THANKS TO THE BIGGEST ENGINES IN CLASS THEY BATTLED THE WIN, FAGGOT, YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT ANTIQUATED RACE CARS, YOU LOOK LIKE A CLOWN IN HERE, MAYBE YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT THIS TYPE OF CAR REQUIRES MORE SKILL TO DRIVE IT, SO THAT IS A THING THAT MAKES THAT ASTON MARTIN AND A POSSIBLE CORVETTE WIN MORE REMARKABLE AND GIVES THEIR DRIVERS MORE CREDIT

    • GTurner38

      June 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Without BoP there’s a danger of having only two or three makes in the class. Would Aston Martin race in GTE if they have to make a thinly veiled prototype to be competitive? Would Corvette race if they couldn’t base their race car on their mass produced racer? It wasn’t that long ago that the GT2 class was 9 Ferraris, 4 Porsches, a factory entered Spyker, and an Aston entered by a member of the British Parliament. Among the teams that had real freedom to choose their cars there was almost no variety.

      I’ll admit that the process is sometimes sloppy and I’d rather they set the BoP at the start of the year and more or less leave it alone, but it’s a necessity if we want variety.

      • TopCat501

        June 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

        Agree with everything you said especially about setting the BOP at the beginning of the year with no subsequent changes.

        However, my point is that the winner of this class (GTE Pro) isn’t really based on engineering the best drivetrain or the most powerful lightweight motor or the best chassis or the most responsive steering because BOP (if working correctly) will dumb down your cleaver ideas to a point that makes you think, well why even bother to innovate.

        Oh, and the safety car protocol is a joke. Its sheer luck whether you lose massive time depending on which of the 3 packs you land in. Totally affected some cars ability to challenge for the lead in GTE Pro

  8. J.C.

    June 18, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Great race. Wanted a Ford GT to win. But I’m happy that Aston Martin got the victory. But thinking big picture (championship) #67 finished 2nd, good for the WEC Championship. I was also disappointed with the safety car procedure. I think that needs to be reviewed or something.

  9. JC

    June 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Good, fair fight this year despite comments from both commenters and drivers after the race. Congrats to Aston.

  10. Chip Sandbaganassi

    June 18, 2017 at 10:19 am

    It was refreshing to see an actual GT car win the GTE Pro class instead of the Ford prototypes.

    • Larry

      June 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Oh waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.

      What a crybaby.

      • Chips O'Toole

        June 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

        I can’t decide what is more annoying, the endless Ford sandbagging accusations or the sound of the Ford EcoBoost engine.

        • Boia

          June 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

          The second for sure, it sounds like a fart

    • Bert

      June 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

      I’m glad anyone but Ford won…

    • fourloko

      June 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      what car can you buy that has a LT5.5 or an AM 5.5L? haven’t seen any of those new mid engined 911 prototypes on the road yet but that’s none of my business

      • JamieR

        June 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm

        The comments on engine sies for AM and GM isn’t really fair when the rules mandate them to restrict engine size at 5.5L. I agree with the Porsche comment though.

      • Bob VonBuglarstein

        June 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

        Too bad they had to drip the Fords boost pressure 3.5psi and add 20kg of weight to allow the others to have a chance.

        • GTurner38

          June 18, 2017 at 4:32 pm

          The Ford is a purpose built race car that was designed around the 2016 regs then made street legal. They are up against a supercar, a mass produced sports car largely sold to middle aged Americans, a luxury cruiser, and a sports car that can be used as a daily driver. If you want that sort of variety, there is going to be some compromises.

        • Kurt Maxwell

          June 19, 2017 at 2:03 am

          Balance of Success is a better term than BoP😁

  11. Antonio Miles

    June 18, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Totally agree with everyone on AM finally getting the class win for the V8 Vantage. What an absolute thriller that was in the closing minutes of Le Mans!! Fun fact:It’s been 9 years since the Vantage GTE has been racing @ Le Mans. Much deserved win for them!

    • kv

      June 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

      GM has to admit ,they have milked the ls to the max,and a new v8 architechture is needed !THIS YEAR the Bop WORKED WELL,and it was a shame DPi wasn’t part of the show !

  12. Overtake24

    June 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    1.348 seconds separated the 13 car field. If you dont count the 82 since they only completed 72 laps then 1st thur 12th was separated by 0.896 of a second. Pretty damn close. All 5 manufacturers in the top 5. Very competitive race unlike the joke last years race was.

    • Bert

      June 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Risi getting taken out was horrible….it may be terminal for their team, they may not recover because of their private team status…a rookie idiot that may have done irreparable harm and damage to a multiple LeMans winning team…I just hope once the hurt Giuseppe Risi is feeling right now will subside and he gets that competitive fire back for endurance racing, and for Ferrari, he’s had since he was a small boy….

      • Overtake24

        June 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

        Risi used a new chassis for Le Mans that was sent over before the test days. So their normal chassis for IMSA should be fine and ready for Watkins glen.

        • Bert

          June 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

          Yea….I know all that…I’m very close with the Risi team, I have it on very good authority the wreck just may have caused huge harm in the Risi team future…and the IMSA car was rebuilt prior to the team leaving for LeMans and will be waiting for the team at Watkins Glen…

      • Dave

        June 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        I talked to a team member on Friday and he said this might be it. No more money. It’s sad because they’re great guys but have had zero luck this year.

        • GTurner38

          June 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm

          If that’s the case, then this wreck isn’t what is doing them in. They were already in trouble.

          • Bert

            June 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

            And you know this how?….guessing…

        • Chips O'Toole

          June 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

          That would be unfortunate, but not surprising considering the carnage this year and what appears to be a reduced budget compared to when they were consistently competitive.

          • Bert

            June 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

            If you’ll look back Tool…before the idiots at IMSA took over the ALMS, Risi was always competitive and won their share….Risi went winless for two years because IMSA does not want a foreign car winning in their series…they throw them a few bones here and there…

  13. Bert

    June 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

    All the talk of BOP being just right is crazy….the Ferrari’s of GT-PRO was lacking…they didn’t have much chance at the win. A car that is every bit as good or better than the rest was choked back. Regardless if they were unchanged from last year is that everyone else had a year to work on it, Ferrari wasn’t given the ability to adapt, they had to stay with last years settings….and Risi getting destroyed was horrible….

    • Bert

      June 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Although seeing AMR get the win was nice to see…

    • GTurner38

      June 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      They were the benchmark for everyone else to be balanced against. As for having a shot at winning, they were on the same lap as the class leaders for the whole race. That’s a hell of a lot closer than Porsche or Corvette were to the Ferraris last year.

  14. Michael

    June 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Good race, Corvette lead some of the race which was good, the competition was great different cars lead in gte, but I have to hand it to Aston Martin for getting the first ,LeMans win, Lmp1 was good up until the halfway point then the the wild rac e insued

    • Michael

      June 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

      I meant the first win for the V8 vantage gte

  15. Bert

    June 18, 2017 at 11:35 am

    LMP1 was a complete joke, we knew it would be with only 5 cars, yet the WEC TV crams it down our throats….ENOUGH ALREADY!!!…….GT-PRO was the story by far…

  16. fourloko

    June 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    fia didnt want ford winning 3 of the last 24hr races so they basically gave aston the win on a silver platter and they almost blew it. being 165lbs lighter than the ferarri and ford is just embarassing

    • Ford should be in lmp1-privateer

      June 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Having to get a waiver for the car because you had to built a non-homologated prototype to complete with a 9 year old car is embarrassing

    • tracer

      June 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      I believe the ACO got lucky that the Fords had the worst luck in the field with timing of safety cars and slow zones because it nullified their apparent performance advantage over the course of a stint. I’ll have to deep dive into the lap charts to confirm, but I suspect the Fords still had an absolute strangle hold on the top 10 fastest stints over the course of the 24 hours.

      • WBrowning

        June 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

        You are wrong! The Fords had boost taken away that eliminated their lower drag, slight top speed advantage by slowing their acceleration off the corners. Then on top of that they loaded them with an extra 20kg that slowed their cornering speeds and increased tire wear, limiting how hard they could push. The fact that they were able to take second was nothing short of a miracle, or Karma biting the sandbagging Corvette in the ass. All the assholes talking about Ford sandbagging can SUCK IT!

        • JamieR

          June 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

          How were Corvette so blatantly sandbagging? I must’ve mussed that as i cant see how anyone was especially culpable.

        • JamieR

          June 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

          Browning you are like a broken record.

          I will say all drivers on the 67 put in some mega stings, especially Harry Tincknall.

        • Overtake24

          June 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

          I don’t know what’s worse hearing WBrowning talking out if his ass or reading all the misinformed noobs in the chat of the onboards on ford performance YouTube channel

          • JR

            June 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

            Sanbagging is the go to excuse for the intellectually challenged.

          • WBrowning

            June 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

            You guys are funny, me talking shit about you little baby vettes puts you in a tizzy. I was being absurd to counter all the absurd and unsubstantiated accusations of the Fords sandbagging. You guys are a broken record, the Ford is a prototype, the Fords are sandbagging, blah, blah, blah. You have now been proven wrong!

            The ACO overreacted and went a little too far with Ford’s BoP as they were never a real threat to win, after the adding of 20kg and lowering their boost. I thought they should have reduced the weight by half, and it would have put them in the mix. That one of the Fords could take second place is pretty amazing, and a real gift from Mr. Taylor.

          • Bert

            June 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm

            I’m certainly sick of WB Bonhead’s crying…

        • JC

          June 18, 2017 at 4:21 pm

          All you need to do is look at lap times. The fact that Ford magically improved their lap times from testing to match the rest of the GTLM field during the race without any BOP adjustments at all proves that they were sandbagging something fierce, good on the ACO for seeing through their BS, although almost everyone that had a cursory glance at the data would have been able to tell anyways.

          • DEJ

            June 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

            Where do you people find these lap times you seem to be able to compare. If it printed a few reams of paper and maybe a new printer will be needed. How many laps were completed in 24 hours…?????

        • GTurner38

          June 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm

          The #69 Ford went from being 2 seconds slower than the slowest non-Ford on day and 3.4 seconds off of pole on Wednesday to being within half a second of pole on Thursday. By contrast, Corvette was quickest in testing. I’ll admit that Corvette probably didn’t show everything on test day, but neither did anyone else. Ford pushed the limit on it for the second year in a row and it didn’t work.

        • Andres

          June 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

          SO HOW THE HELL YOU JUSTIFY THE MAGICAL FIVE SECS THEY FOUND LAST YEAR FROM TEST TO QUALY??? THAT IS NOTHING BUT SANDBAGGING, AND EVERY TURBO CAR HAS NOT GOOD ACCELERATION OUT FROM SLOW CORNERS BECAUSE OF TURBO LAG, AND THE FROD WAS BY FAR LAST YEAR THE FASTER CAR IN STRAIGHT LINE SPEED, EVEN MATCHED LAST YEARS TOP SPEED OF THE P2 CLASS, AND THE REDUCTION IN TURBO BOOST WAS BARELY UNNOTICEABLE, AND 20KG DONT REDUCE CORNERING SPEED, ONLY INCREASES TIRE WEAR IN LONG STINTS, THE CORVETTE AND ASTON, BY HAVING THE BIGGEST ENGINES IN CLASS, HAVE THE BETTER ACCELERATION OUT OF CORNERS BECAUSE THE HIGHER TORQUE THEY HAVE, TOP HP DOES NOT MEAN TOP TORQUE WHICH IS NEEDED FOR GOOD ACCELERATION, TOP HP IS FOR TOP SPEED, THE CORVETTE ALWAYS IS GOOD AT TWISTY TRACKS BY HAVING THE BEST TORQUE, SAME AS THE ASTON, OH AND I FORGET THAT EVERY CAR IN GTE IS A STREET LEGAL WITH ADDED TUBE FRAME CHASSIS, ALL BUT THE FORD, THAT IS A CARBON MONOCOQUE, WHICH IN TERMS OF REGULATION OF FIA/ACO AND IMSA COMPLETELY ILLEGAL, SO THEN THE SANDBAGGER IS OBVIOUSLY THE FORD BY HAVING SUCH TYPE OF CAR RUNNING IN THE WRONG CATEGORY

          • Amlv20

            June 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

            No gte car is street legal,all are loosely based on production chassis,and NONE are tube frame chasis.this isn’t grand am!

            By the way gte regulation has allowed carbon tubs since 2015ish,more than likely written in there to attract ford.but by regs the ford is not illegal!! If it was it would need a big ass waiver that the other teams wouldn’t approve.

          • fourloko

            June 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm

            one of the commentators said last year was the first year they allowed turbos in GTE? they also have anti lag so there is no turbo lag. ford only received an extra 15kg, while AM got 15kg taken off, while already having a 45kg less.

  17. LM Mike

    June 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    AMR thank you for choosing a tier company solely dedicated to your success, we have a tier war!

  18. daedalus

    June 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    adam played the long game, pressured taylor until he cracked, which he did after running over gravel which probably cut his tyre. World feed was crap, not enough GT coverage even tho the race in lmp1 was dead and settled in lmp2 near the end.

    • Jason

      June 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Thankfully we have imsa which does treat gtlm equally as dpi as the feature category

  19. Bjones

    June 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    The hit damaged the car causing a tire to go, never mind could have Jordan held him off? Maybe not as we all know a lap is 8 miles. Pratt & Miller all day long but the ProDrive guys are a great bunch of people so if Vette had to lose,bad word as No losers here, Aston Martin would be the one. The ProDrive and Pratt & Miller are good friends as they have battled over the years and have so much respect for each other. When the two are racing at the same venue they always make it a point to say hello and to bitch about the life of racing and to make sure the other is doing good, congrats to all and damn it would have been great to see the P2s pull it off, especially Rebellion after they carried the privateer flag for all those years, top bunch of guys right there. P.S. Yea for the thunder cars growling all night long.

    • tracer

      June 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Just FYI, Jordan himself is on record that the brush with Adams at Arnage had nothing to do with his lock up and gravel trap adventure at the second chicane.

  20. Jason

    June 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Ok Aston let’s put out a proper GTLM effort in the USA now.

    • tracer

      June 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      While I know it’s a long shot given Prodrive’s past history with IMSA, I hope Aston Martin at least considers returning stateside when their new GTE contender hits the pavement.

  21. fourloko

    June 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    https://youtu.be/N9PzyAEl5pw?t=1m35s

    am pulls away from gt like it was tied to a stump

    • tracer

      June 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      What are you talking about? Ticknell doesn’t hit the corner and come back on power anywhere near as well as the Aston ahead, and despite this and the serpentine effect he’s still able to keep the gap static down the Mulsanne until the breaking zone for the first chicane, and closes back in all the way through the second chicane and further up through to the run up to Indianapolis. And all of this against the car with the consensus top speed in class this year.

    • JamieR

      June 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Why do some Ford fans think the GT has a divine right to win?

      • redhatch

        June 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

        Because it’s The Best GT Car (TM), never mind that it was designed as a race car first and Ford decided to homologate it later because of these annoying things called rules.

  22. joebee

    June 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    LeMans 24hr is becoming boring. 24hr of Daytona and 12 hrs of Sebring is way better.
    LMP1 was a joke and is done since Audi left.
    LMP2 has become NASCAR and who really cares who wins.
    GTLM-Pro is the best class but who will BOP allow to win next year. Glad that AMR finally won but where were they at last year. No where. But all of a sudden they are team to beat. Yeah right.
    GTLM – AM, who even knows or cares who wins that class.

    • Dan

      June 19, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Honestly? Daytona is a joke with its Safety cars. More than 20 sc Periods is absolutely ridiculos

      • CD

        June 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Couldn’t agree more Dan! Way to many Safety cars. Ruins the ebb & flow of the race.

  23. Keith

    June 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Wow all you team managers and engineers are all over the place. Why are you not at your teams working and getting ready for the next race. Oh that’s right because your not any of those.

  24. Checkers

    June 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Anyone know why Taylor got the last stint? I was sure Garcia would have considering he knows the car better. I read Magnussen and Taylor alternated single stints over the last three-and-a-half hours.

    • DEJ

      June 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Yeah… Little Dougie made a bad call there. Jordan “may” be a “good” driver but has shown at time to turn his BRAIN off.

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