Robin Frijns, LMP2 winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the #31 Team WRT, pushed to the finish and secured victory by 0.7 seconds over the #28.
The #31 Team WRT LMP2 Oreca secured their first WEC victory since debuting at the beginning of this season.
However, the team ran over half the race 1-2 in the LMP2 category; the sibling #41 car ahead of the #31 for most of the race, until the last lap.
The 30-year-old Dutchman reflected afterwards.
“The team did an amazing job by basically leading, with both cars through the night and coming out unscratched.
“I think both cars were really amazing.
“We had really good pace and were a bit quicker than Jota. But then the last time I jumped in we suffered big issues suddenly.
“The airjack died, and we ended up with new tyres at front, old on rear and vice-versa. Basically everything went wrong in the last two hours.
“Then I lost pace as I think something broke on the car. The (#28) JOTA was catching very quickly by 4-5 seconds a lap.
“I was secure in P2 but struggling with the car.
“Then, heading into the last lap, I heard on the radio that the sister car had broken down and stopped,” as what emerged to be an electrical short-circuit issue which denied the #41 LMP2 victory.
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“I was still fighting to try to secure P2 and suddenly found myself fighting for P1. That’s a different load on your shoulders.
“I think the finish was as close as it gets.
“Obviously the two Toyotas were in front of me and they slowed down for the photo at the finish but I was pushing for the win and so I tried to find my way around them and saw the chequered flag guy a bit late!”
And with the #41’s stoppage on the last lap, priorities changed on the final stretch to the line
The #31 claimed victory by 0.7 seconds over the #28 of Tom Blomqvist.
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