It's safe to say that things for Porsche didn't go quite as well at Le Mans this year as it might have hoped. After a sixteen-year gap, the winningest manufacturer in endurance racing history returned to the Circuit de la Sarthe this year hoping maybe not for outright victory in its first time back, but definitely a strong finish on which it could build on for next year. All the while it undoubtedly hoped its 911s would hold their own in the GT classes.

Unfortunately for Porsche, neither happened. After racing around the clock, and despite actually leading the festivities for some time, the best its 919 Hybrid could manage was an eleventh-place finish, lagging lamentably behind not only the other LMP1s (like the race-winning Audi) but also a handful of LMP2s. Meanwhile the LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am titles went to the factory-backed teams of its arch-rivals Ferrari and Aston Martin, respectively.

Not a stellar result, in other words, but Porsche is taking it all in stride – accepting that it has a ways to go while congratulating its vanquishing rivals in the video below. It's good sportsmanship if we've ever seen it. Next year's race starts now.


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      • 6 Months Ago
      Failure? They performed admirably for most of the race.
      Lachmund
      • 6 Months Ago
      I definately don't think they see this a a failure at all. They did amazingly well until they ran into these problems.
      Soccer Mom
      • 6 Months Ago
      You can lose ... but what you cannot win is class; it is either there or not. Great tribute from Porsche. Kudos to those who authorised and created it.
      11fiveoh
      • 6 Months Ago
      I still love you, porsche!
      SloopJohnB
      • 6 Months Ago
      I wouldn't call it a failure to do as well as they did the first time back.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I wouldn't either but in todays world if you don't come out on top from the start you failed.
      tinsulpop
      • 6 Months Ago
      I think they just needed to get a video done with that voice-over guy. He probably got paid either way :P
      quuppa70
      • 6 Months Ago
      whats the point race same company cars in lemans (audi,porshce)?? not very wise
        SloopJohnB
        • 6 Months Ago
        @quuppa70
        Porsches are distinctly different from Audi and VW. The point would be to prove to the buying public that Porsche can still win races. Although that has yet to be proven at LeMans...
          Lachmund
          • 6 Months Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          wouldn't it be even more impressive if both marques fight for the number one place?!
          quuppa70
          • 6 Months Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          but they are same company , same as put Ferrari had Maserati against each other, not wise idea. If they want Porsche win they just should drop Audi away
        LW
        • 6 Months Ago
        @quuppa70
        They should have fielded a sleuth of Skodas to take out the toyotas before they had a chance to take out the Audis.
        Georg
        • 6 Months Ago
        @quuppa70
        competiton heat up the business... Audi fans wanna see them race Porsche fans wanna see them race...motorsport fans want to see both and more for as much as possible competition for first place. Would be great if one or two big car producer would jump in and we had a real clash of car titans at LeMans... Toyota is there VW with its brands is there... GM in LMP1? 2015 Ford GT40 LMP1? Mazda back with rotary powered hybrid? that would be awsome
        LW
        • 6 Months Ago
        @quuppa70
        VW/Audi group is not a single mfg with many marketing brands like Toyota//Scion/Lexus, Honda/Acura or GM and whatever it wants to rebadge. They are distinct car companies that has different design, engineering and sports/racing divisions.
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