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It was joy and heartache for Toy­ota at the re­cent 24 Hours of Le­mans. After last year’s dev­as­tat­ing fin­ish, where they were lead­ing the race un­til their lead car broke down on the fi­nal lap and handed vic­tory to Porsche, Toy­ota were hop­ing for bet­ter luck this year. Ini­tially they got it, as for­mer F1 driver Ka­mui Kobayashi smashed the out­right lap record in his TS050 hy­brid, with a 3:14.791. That’s four sec­onds faster than the old record set by a Porsche Turbo in 1985, when the track had four fewer cor­ners! Toy­ota locked out the front row for the start but, despite lead­ing the race into the night, their two fastest cars suf­fered elec­tri­cal grem­lins and ground to a halt on the track. Porsche won yet again and the re­main­ing Toy­ota driven by Davidson, Buemi and Naka­jima fin­ished sec­ond in

LMP1 but eighth over­all. Toy­ota clearly have the pace to win, surely they’re due some bet­ter luck next year?

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