Toyota is determined to win the world's most grueling endurance race.
Last year, Toyota won the 23 hours and 57 minutes of Le Mans, but a mechanical failure took its best car out of the race during the final lap. This year, the Japanese company again lost to Porsche as all three of its cars suffered from mechanical issues. In spite of these setbacks, the company will return to the starting grid next year.
"We will be back next year and we will have the opportunity again. For Toyota it is hard but we will come back very strongly and we have to win this race," affirmed pilot Kamui Kobayashi in an interview with website Motorsport.
Kobayashi explained the loss hurts even more this year than last year. He secured the pole position by setting a lap record of three minutes and 14 seconds, which represents an average of 156 mph. Toyota emerged as the favorite for victory even before the race started, and its number seven car was well ahead of the Porsche in second place when it stopped due to a clutch problem.
The two 919 Hybrid LMP1 prototypes that Porsche entered in the race this year were also plagued with various problems. The number one car retired after it lost oil pressure, but the number two went on to win the event. It marked Porsche's third consecutive victory, and its 19th overall win.
Kobayashi will end the usual suspect's winning streak if he can take first place next year.