Gallery: 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans

This year’s edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans got off to a wet, and slow start Saturday. The endurance race had its first two laps under yellow as the rain poured down.

Toyota was leading the way with a Hybrid built to new Hypercar-H regulations when the field was finally let loose. The Japanese manufacturer comes into the round-the-clock race as heavy favorites for a fourth consecutive win. One of their two GR010 Hybrids nearly saw their race end on the first lap under green when Sebastien Buemi in the No. 8 was spun at Turn 1 by Olivier Pla in the Glickenhaus. Pia had damage to his car and got a 10-second time penalty for the contact.

Despite having to stop Buemi was able to recover and thanks to numerous slow zones during intermittent showers over the opening three hours, made up a 1 minute 30 second gap was able to move back into second place and within striking distance of the lead.

As the weather cleared and the sun began to set, the first Safety Car was deployed near the 20-hour 45-minute mark when the No. 88 GTE Am Aston Martin Racing Vantage spun coming into Indianapolis and slammed hard into the tire barrier. Driver Marcos Gomes spent a few minutes trapped inside the car before being pulled out by safety crews.

The first car officially out of the race was the No. 99 Porsche 911 in GET Am which was forced to retire near the 3-hour 15-muinte mark.

Just over 4 hours in, in GTE Pro, the No. 63 Corvette led the way in the class with the No. 92 Porsche just over 4 seconds behind.

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 WEC’s British driver Mike Conway drives his car during the warm-up lap before the start of the 89th edition of the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Safety car leads followed by Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 WEC’s British driver Mike Conway during the start of the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 WEC’s British driver Mike Conway (R) leads flanked by Toyota TS050 Hybrid Hypercar WEC’s Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi during the start of the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 WEC’s British driver Mike Conway leads during the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 WEC’s British driver Mike Conway (R) leads flanked by Toyota TS050 Hybrid Hypercar WEC’s Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi during the start of the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Glickenhauss 007 LMH Hypercar WEC’s French driver Olivier Pla steers his damaged car after a crash during the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Toyota TS050 Hybrid Hypercar WEC’s Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi drives his car during the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Alpine A480 Gibson Hypercar WEC’s French driver Nicolas Lapierre drives his car during the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Alpine A480 Gibson Hypercar WEC’s French driver Nicolas Lapierre steers his car during the warm-up of the 89th edition of the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 WEC’s British driver Mike Conway steers his car during the warm-up of the 89th edition of the 89th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, in Le Mans, northwestern France, on August 21, 2021.


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