Eventful End at the 2016 Formula E Le Mans
The 2016 Formula E Le Mans took place over the weekend. Nick Heidfeld, Nico Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr claimed victories, but the stand out story unfolded from Toyota, led by Sebastien Buemi. Buemi’s team came to a sudden halt two laps from the end as the Toyota race car tanked. Yes, tanked. Or perhaps the right idiom would be something along the lines of ‘pulled the plug’. Here’s the low down on the 2016 Formula E Le Mans from Formula E’s site:
Buemi misses out on historic win as Heidfeld/Piquet/Prost take class win
Formula E title contender Sebastien Buemi came within minutes of taking an historic win in the Le Mans 24 Hours, only to be denied by a late technical failure.
Buemi’s Toyota LMP1 car – which he was sharing with Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima – ground to a halt with just two laps of the world’s most famous endurance race to run. The heartbreak handed victory to the Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb.
Nakajima did eventually manage to get his car going again, but despite completing the lap, he was adjudged to have been going too slowly and the team was unclassified in the results. This promoted Formula E racers Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway – who shared the second Toyota with Kamui Kobayashi – into second, and Audi drivers Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval – who were partnered by Oliver Jarvis – into third.
There was cheer for a trio of Formula E stars, who prevailed in the non-hybrid LMP1 category. Despite a troubled race, Rebellion team-mate Nick Heidfeld, Nico Prost and out-going Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr claimed class honours.
You can see all of Formula E’s Le Mans stars in action at the Visa London ePrix on July 2 and 3.
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