How Toyota beat Porsche over 23h55m

How Toyota beat Porsche over 23h55m

While the #5 Toyota ultimately missed out on winning the Le Mans 24 Hours, it had Porsche well beaten on pace. This is how the Japanese manufacturer got the better of last year's conqueror until its problem

Toyota had Porsche beaten fair and square in last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours. Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima long since had the race in the bag when their TS050 HYBRID dramatically slowed with five minutes to go.

They had the measure of the chasing Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas over the final four hours. The Toyota trio had the smallest of advantages over the German car in terms of speed, which added to a strategic advantage made them a shoo-in for a first Le Mans victory for the Japanese manufacturer until those fateful final minutes.

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