For all you Monday morning driving commentators out there, what were your thoughts about this year’s race? What about the final finish of the LM GTE Pro category? I mean I think we’re all elated that the #97 Aston Martin finally finished the race given that it had retired from the race with mechanical failures the past few years, but this year it didn’t. In fact it went down to the wire, wheel to wheel with the class leading American entry of the #63 Corvette Racing C7.R piloted by Jordan Taylor.
For the final two laps the Aston Martin Vantage was all over the Chevrolet Corvette like a bad habit, until it Jonathan Adam went wide at the Mulsanne corner to take advantage of what’s a normally tight turn in an effort to wrest the lead position from Jordan. The result? The Aston didn’t make the move stick, Jordan’s #63 remained in the lead, and for a moment there was wheel to wheel contact. At the time it was described as honest hard racing with Jonathan staking the race on what seemed like a bold move to take the lead in the LM GTE Pro class. Watching it at the time I thought to myself that Jonathon could hold his head high afterwards for not wanting to accept a 2nd place finish, and trying to make something happen for his team. Good on him! But oh how fortunes have a way of changing drastically at the race that chooses you, and not the other way around!
Only a few miles later did we see that this wheel to wheel brush may have contributed to Jordan going off course near the Forza chicane on the final lap. Jordan went off course, and drove through the chicane and back onto the course maintain the lead ahead of Jonathan. Only seconds later did we see evidence of a tire puncture on the Corvette, and the writing on the wall that Jordan would have to yield position. Between Mulsanne corner and Indianapolis the Aston he did just that, the Aston Martin passed by and thus won the class.
It was an exciting end to the race, and though my Ford GT couldn’t take the top spot on the podium this year there were so many other interesting stories that played out keeping me glued to the screen with Radio Le Mans playing in the background.
Lastly, what’s up with the #13 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 – Gibson LMP2 car being disqualified?
What were your favorite moments from this year’s race?