It’s Porsche vs Toy­ota at Le Mans 24h

Af­ter com­ing so close to vic­tory last year, Ja­panese team has a score to set­tle in 2017

The Star Early Edition - - NOTICE BOARD - DENIS DROPPA

THE WORLD’S great­est en­durance race starts at 3pm on Satur­day af­ter­noon when the 85th run­ning of the Le Mans 24 Hour roars into ac­tion.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors at the cir­cuit will be joined by TV view­ers from all over the world to watch Porsche and Toy­ota go­ing head to head in the iconic event, which has be­come a two-horse race for over­all vic­tory fol­low­ing mul­ti­ple win­ner Audi’s exit from the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

Toy­ota has a score to set­tle af­ter com­ing heart­break­ingly close to win­ning last year’s race. With its maiden Le Mans vic­tory in sight, Toy­ota’s TS050 petrol-elec­tric hy­brid car broke down on the penul­ti­mate lap and gifted Porsche the vic­tory. It was Porsche’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Le Mans win since re­turn­ing to the WEC in 2014, but vic­tory still eludes Toy­ota af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond on five oc­ca­sions. In its bid to fi­nally cap­ture this crown jewel of en­durance rac­ing, Toy­ota this year brings three cars against two Porsche 919 hy­brids in the top LMP1 class for pro­to­types.

The Ja­panese team leads the 2017 WEC stand­ings af­ter win­ning the first two six-hour races at Silverstone and Spa.

Jostling for vic­tory in the LMGTE classes for pro­duc­tion-based sports cars will be the likes of the Fer­rari 488, Porsche 911, As­ton Martin Van­tage, Ford GT, and Corvette C7.

The race will be tele­vised on DSTV (see times above).

The 85th run­ning of the iconic Le Mans 24 Hour race starts at 3pm on Satur­day.

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