At events throughout this season TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk have been working with the SpeedChills.com FIA WEC photographer, Craig Robertson. Craig was at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend providing us with images of all the action and in the first of four special galleries of the event we take a look at the top class of action, the LMP1 field.
LMP1-H is for the Manufacturer teams and was won in shocking style by Porsche Team‘s Marc Leib, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani. The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid claimed the lead on the final lap after an air line failure on the Toyota Gazoo Racing #5 Toyota TS050 robbed the Japanese manufacturer of almost assured victory. Cruelly, despite the fact that Kazuki Nakajima managed to get the car going again and limp the wounded prototype round the 8.5 mile circuit, he took too long and the car was not classified. That put the #6 Toyota on the second step of the podium and the #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 Hybrid took the final step.
In LMP1-L for privateers the Rebellions were the class of the field despite problems which put both cars into the garage at points during the race. The #4 ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER was the only other runner in the class and expired after daybreak, catching fire on the circuit.
All of the photographs on this page are credit Craig Robertson/SpeedChills.com and are used with permission and our thanks.