A Toyota Gazoo Racing prototype driven by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley won the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race held in September for the first time since 1968, this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The race began with 59 cars on the grid. Another Toyota Gazoo car started from the pole position and built a commanding lead by midway through the race, but it had to go to its garage for a turbocharger change. That handed the lead to the Buemi-Nakajima-Hartley car, which went on to the victory, the third in a row for the Toyota Gazoo team.
The victory also was the third in a row for Buemi and Nakajima. It was the second victory for Hartley, who won in 2017 driving a Porsche.
The Toyota that led midway through the race came back to finish third, 1 lap behind the runner-up. Taking second was Rebellion Racing, a Swiss team with a driver lineup that included Bruno Senna, nephew of F1 great Ayrton Senna. Rebellion finished 5 laps behind the winning Toyota, and another Rebellion car was fourth overall.
In the race’s other classes, United Autosports beat Jota to win the Le Mans Prototype 2 category. Aston Martin took victory in both the Pro and Am classes of the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance category.