Things did not go well for Sophia Flörsch. The 21-year-old had to pit her LMP2 prototype right after the start to change the gearbox. “Unfortunately, a tragedy,” she said of the incident at Nitro: “If a sensor is broken before the traffic lights turn green at a 24-hour race, it’s anything but nice.”
Already five laps behind, her Algarve Pro team finished 20th in the LMP2 category.
The LMP2 favorite team WRT around René Rast had to retire after an accident involving Robin Frijns. However, all chances of winning were lost right at the start when Rast collided with an opponent and received a 1-minute pit stop penalty.
A total of 62 racing cars were at the start, and among the drivers was Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender. Eight cars did not finish the race, however, there were no major accidents.
Le Mans record winner Porsche has thus added to its record of success on the traditional 13.626-kilometre circuit. With 19 overall successes and a total of 109 class victories in the almost 100-year history of the most famous endurance race in the world, the Stuttgart team is the undisputed leader.