Ferrari en route to LMGTE Pro win - Anne Proffit photoEnlarge Photo
Victory in the highly contested GTE Pro class went to Ferrari - and to the No. 51 AF Corse 458 Italia that crashed in initial practice/qualifying on Wednesday and barely made laps in the two Thursday sessions, battling from rear to front with former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichello continuing to nurse an injured hand throughout the twice-around-the-clock classic. The win occurred exactly fifty years after the iconic marque's GTO model scored a double win in the GT class; the 2012 victory included Fisichella, countryman Gianmaria Bruni and Finn Toni Vildander.
GTE Am honors went to the French Corvette C6.R of Labre Competition, who narrowly beat the IMSA Performance Porsche after the German car had a late puncture that forced it to the pits.
While weather woes punctuated the competition up until race day, and caused huge problems for the popular parade in the center of Le Mans on Friday evening, there were just a few sprinkles after the 3PM start of the race and it was clear and lovely through to the finish. Temperatures were balmy, occasional cloud cover kept the crowd happy and the crews from getting too hot.
And so another great Le Mans is in the books and the World Endurance Championship, now led by the Le Mans winners continues on at Silverstone next month.