LeMans 2014: UPDATE – Toyota's Dream is Over (w/ Video)


Just before hour 15 of the race, the history-making no. 7 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid LeMans racer pulled into the pits with electrical problems that forced the team into relinquishing the lead and, eventually, retiring from LeMans 2014. As you can see in the video, below, “disappointed” is a bit of an understatement for the team that’s had the fastest, most reliable car so far this season.

In the hands of Kaz Nakajima, that Toyota became the first Japanese car with a Japanese driver ever to take the pole at LeMans. “It’s heart-breaking,” said Nakajima. “I don’t know what to say. I really feel for the team, and for all the people supporting us. I think we were doing a great race up until that moment. We were leading, and showing great pace. Somehow, I thought maybe we could make it this time … We will try again.”

The no. 2 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro took the lead shortly after the Toyota’s retirement, with the no. 1 Audi and no. 20 Porsche 919 of Mark Webber fighting it out for 2nd.

 

Source | Images: Toyota, 24 Heures du Mans.

 

Jo Borrás

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