Ferrari wins 2024 Le Mans 24 Hour

Ferrari beat the odds to win back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans, outpacing dozens of cars in the world’s greatest endurance race.

The winning crew of Nicklas Nielsen, Miguel Molina and Antonio Fuoco crossed the finish line running on fumes, betting that their hybrid-powered Ferrari could save fuel to snatch a narrow victory from fast rivals Toyota and Porsche.

Nielsen raced to the checkered flag in what driver-turned-commentator Anthony Davison described as “the toughest Le Mans I’ve ever seen”.

The red-hot competition saw the race take place at a ferocious pace in treacherous conditions. Drivers had to deal with difficult weather conditions both day and night, often slipping on a greasy track with slick tires designed for dry asphalt.

Joining the winning Ferrari crew on the podium were teammates and Le Mans 2023 winners Antonio Giovinazzi, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, who finished third.

The Toyota of Jose-Maria Lopez Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries split the Ferraris and finished second.

It was a nervy finish for the Italian brand, which appeared to have pushed its refueling strategy to the limit at the end of the race.

A hybrid power failure for a Ferrari sister driven by former F1 driver Robert Kubica has suggested the car’s reliability may not be a guarantee.

The Ferraris appeared fast from the first lap, when the team overhauled Kevin Estre’s Penske Porsche 963, on pole position, to take the lead.

Bad weather saw the race take place under safety car conditions after midnight and before dawn.

The Penske Porsche driven by Australian Matt Campbell dropped out of competition when teammate Fred Makowiecki was caught on the wrong tires in a rainstorm, losing nearly 10 positions in the first half of the race.

Campbell drove well, overtaking several cars including former F1 world champion Jenson Button in the latter stages of the race before finishing sixth.

Australian Yasser Shahin endured tough conditions to take a GT class victory on his racing debut.

Shahin said he was “excited” and “over the moon” with the incredible result.

“What a feeling to do it for the first time,” he said.

“You gave us everything: rain, sun, night, everything good.”

Ford’s new Mustang GT3 joined Porsche on the podium, securing two top-five positions in a class for road-based cars.

Former Bathurst 12 Hour winner Dennis Olsen led the charge in Ford’s Mustang to finish third.

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