Toyota has once again secured victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With this, the Japanese continue an impressive series. Sophia Flörsch struggles with early problems.

Toyota’s undisputed dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans continues.

The Japanese car manufacturer triumphed on Sunday at the 90th edition of the legendary race at the Sarthe – it was the fifth success in a row. With this, Toyota enters an elite circle. So far, only Ferrari, Porsche and audi have managed at least five victories in a row.

The winning drivers for Toyota were the Swiss Sebastien Buemi, the Japanese Ryo Hirakawa and the New Zealander Brendon Hartley. The trio completed 380 laps, relegating the Toyota of defending champion Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez to second place.

For 33-year-old Buemi it is already the fourth triumph at Le Mans, Hartley rejoices for the third time. Rookie Hirakawa was crowned at the first attempt.

The 21-year-old had to go to the garage directly after the start to change the gearbox. “Unfortunately a tragedy,” she assessed the incident on RTL Nitro, adding, “When a sensor is broken even before the lights turn green in a 24-hour race, it’s anything but nice.”

With five laps down, she had a big mortgage early on with her Algarve LMP2, which in the end only allowed her to finish 20th in the LMP2 category.

The Algarve Pro sister car showed what could have been possible this year. After starting from the last row, the team around Rene Binder took the class win in the Pro-Am classification – in the LMP2 class this meant 15th place.

A total of 62 race cars were at the start, among the drivers was Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender. Eight cars did not finish the race, but there were no worse accidents.