Le Mans: Porsche Ready To Make More History In 24 Hours (VIDEO, PHOTOS)


Starting from second and fourth on the grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours on Saturday, Porsche look well set to write another chapter in already illustrious Le Mans career.

Although Kazuki Nakajima put the #7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid on pole, it is the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb that lines up alongside it, while immediately behind is the sister car of former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in fourth, splitting the second Toyota and the first of the Audis in fifth.

Porsche hope they can exceed their target of finishing the 24 Hours

This is Porsche's first attempt for overall honours at Le Mans since 1998 and the team looks more than capable of producing a strong result for the German marque. However, senior figures in the team were keeping it low key on Friday, repeating that the priority is to get the two cars to the end of the race - in spite of the sensational qualifiying which many think could have been even better had the final session not been curtailed because of yellow flags.


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"We are fast," said team principal Andreas Seidl on Friday, "but the target is to finish and we hope this car is strong enough", a view backed by Porsche Board member for Research and Development, Wolfgang Hatz.

“The front row in Le Mans has been kind of a secret target," Hatz said, "and we have been able to tick it off the list at our first attempt.

"It is not pole position, but it is totally fine. We knew we would have been fast enough, but in the end we weren’t lucky enough to get a clear lap.

"The target is to finish the race, that is the first target and we will see," he told The Huffington Post UK.

"We have no experience. I think what we have achieved until now is something which nobody expected. From the performance we are there and now this is our first 24-hour race; 24-hour testing is not the same.

"It's difficult to say realistically, but at Le Mans everything is possible... Toyota and Audi had problems on Wednesday [in qualifying] so you never know.

"But nobody has won here in their first year, it would be a miracle."

See some of Porsche's most iconic Le Mans cars from yesteryear in the gallery below.

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