The History of TOYOTA at Le Mans
Looking back over a long history of unending challenges
Achieving four straight wins! Crowned the first champions in the Hypercar Class
In the qualifying, Kamui Kobayashi drove the No. 7 GR010 HYBRID to the first pole position of the new Hypercar class era and the fifth consecutive pole for Toyota at Le Mans. In the race that started out in the rain, it was again the No. 7 car driven in turn by Mike Conway, Kobayashi and José María López that held its lead from pole position and went on to lead for most of the race.
Meanwhile, car No. 8 with drivers Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, was hit by another car and spun out just after the start. After recovering from that, No. 8 moved back up to join the leaders. There it would compete for the lead with car No. 7 until trouble developed in the car’s fuel system. However, the team did not return the car to its pit garage, but instead proposed another solution. With it, the driver was able to overcome the trouble by employing some special setting changes while on the run.
After that, car No. 7 suffered the same trouble that had occurred in car No. 8 but was able to overcome it by using the same setting solution that had worked for No. 8. With this, No. 7, now driven by the final driver, Kamui Kobayashi, was able to run on in the lead all the way to the checkered flag, while holding off Kazuki Nakajima running in 2nd position in car No. 8. For Kobayashi, it was his long-awaited first overall win, and for TGR it was a great accomplishment, not only in winning its fourth consecutive win at Le Mans but also the first title of the new Hypercar class era.