Porsche wins 24 Hours of Le Mans for third straight year

LE MANS, France — Veteran German driver Timo Bernhard led Porsche to a dramatic third straight win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, preventing a huge upset victory for the lesser-category Oreca team Sunday.

After a series of mishaps to prerace favorites Porsche and Toyota, the LMP2 category Oreca suddenly found itself in the lead with 19-year-old Frenchman Thomas Laurent behind the wheel three hours from the end of the grueling endurance race.

But the 36-year-old Bernhard, racing in the faster and more powerful LMP1 category Porsche 919 Hybrid, overtook the Oreca with about one hour remaining.

As the Porsche No. 2 crossed the finish line, there were scenes of relief in the Porsche garage as team members danced around holding up T-shirts with “Hat trick 2015, 2016, 2017” written on them.

“Well done, everybody,” an exhausted Bernhard said over the team radio. “You’re the best.”

Teammate Brendon Hartley, who had done much of the hard work to drag Porsche back into the race, was in tears.

“It was unreal. This race is always a roller coaster,” said Hartley, who

Article source: http://www.espn.com/racing/story/_/id/19669556/porsche-no-2-car-wins-24-hours-le-mans-late-comeback

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