2020 24 Hours Of Le Mans: 20 Hours In: The No. 8 Toyota Leads As The Sun Rises In France

2020 24 Hours Of Le Mans: 20 Hours In: The No. 8 Toyota Leads As The Sun Rises In France

  • Sun 20 Sep 2020 - 2:26 PM
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As the final segment of the race began to kick in, the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans began to shape up to be a much different race than anyone would have predicted at the start. Only one Toyota had stuck it out in the front, and Rebellion Racing instead looked to be the team set to secure a double podium. A sense of calm had firmly set in as the sun rose, but anything can still happen in the final four hours.


The No. 8 Toyota has extended its lead much further over the No. 1 Rebellion Racing machine after the latter was wheeled into the garage for repairs. The No. 1 lost a lap, and it also lost second position to its sibling car.

The maligned No. 7 Toyota maintained its fourth place overall position and looked fairly strong, but regaining its lost lap will prove to be a difficult challenge that will likely play out in these upcoming final four hours.

It’s been a similar story for the leaders of the other classes: each has managed to pull ahead of its nearest competition. That said, nothing is guaranteed. We could still see massive shakeups before the end of the race, as drivers grow simultaneously hungrier and more exhausted.

The Basics

If you haven’t hunted down a place to watch this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, you can find it on MotorTrend TV in the United States and Velocity in Canada. You can check out a full list of all viewing and streaming services here. If you’re looking for a slightly less official way to watch, Reddit will have you covered.


Motul is offering several different viewing options on YouTube, such as the full race onboard and a live view from the pit lane.

There are also live onboard cameras on the Toyota Nos. 7 and 8.

The full entry list is available here.

Retirements So Far

  • No. 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing (LMP2)
  • No. 21 DragonSpeed USA (LMP2)
  • No. 62 WeatherTech Racing (LM GTE Pro)
  • No. 70 MR Racing (LM GTE Am)
  • No. 16 G-Drive Racing by Algarve (LMP2)
  • No. 30 Duqueine Team (LMP2)
  • No. 4 Bykolles Racing Team (LMP1)
  • No. 33 High Class Racing (LMP2)
  • No. 52 AF Corse (LM GTE Am)
  • No. 55 Spirit of the Race (LM GTE Am)
  • No. 11 Eurointernational (LMP2)

Top 5 Overall

1. No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing
2. No. 3 Rebellion Racing
3. No. 1 Rebellion Racing
4. No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing
5. No. 22 United Autosports

Top 5 LMP1

1. No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing
2. No. 3 Rebellion Racing
3. No. 1 Rebellion Racing
4. No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing
5. No. 4 Bykolles Racing Team (retired)

Top 5 LMP2

1. No. 22 United Autosports
2. No. 38 Jota
3. No. 26 G-Drive Racing
4. No. 31 Panis Racing
5. No. 36 Signatech Alpine Elf

Top 5 GTE Pro

1. No. 51 AF Corse
2. No. 97 Aston Martin Racing
3. No. 95 Aston Martin Racing
4. No. 71 AF Corse
5. No. 82 Risi Competizione

Top 5 GTE Am

1. No. 90 TF Sport 
2. No. 83 AF Corse
3. No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing
4. No. 56 Team Project 1
5. No. 86 Gulf Racing


Le Mans 24, H20: Rebellion issues put Toyota well clear


Toyota remains in control of the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with four hours remaining, with the #8 crew boasting a four-lap advantage at the head of the field.


Kazuki Nakajima, who did much of the 'graveyard shift' at the wheel of the leading Toyota TS050 Hybrid, handed over to Sebastien Buemi with a three-lap lead during hour 17.


That advantage was extended when the leading Rebellion R-13, the #1 car of Bruno Senna, was forced to pit in hour 19 due to a problem with the front nose.


The Swiss car was pulled into the garage to allow the mechanics to attend this issue, which was made harder to fix by one of the mounting points becoming twisted.

Gustavo Menezes took over at the wheel of the #1 machine but dropped behind the sister #3 car, which ran second in the hands of Romain Dumas at the 20-hour mark. The two Rebellions ran 15s apart, but four laps in arrears of the leading Toyota, which Brendon Hartley took over from Buemi towards the start of the 20th hour.

The #7 Toyota, which lost half an hour in the night as the team replaced the right-hand side turbo, circulates in fourth with Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel, seven laps down.


United Autosports' #22 Oreca continues to lead the LMP2 class, with Filipe Albuquerque having been two minutes clear of the #38 JOTA Sport car of Antonio Felix da Costa until taking a pitstop just a few minutes shy of the 20-hour mark.

JOTA's silver-rated driver Roberto Gonzalez struggled to maintain the pace of his opposite number in the United car, Paul di Resta, with the gap between the lead two cars growing by around a minute during the Mexican's stint.

The G-Drive Oreca of Jean-Eric Vergne continues to circulate in third and a lap down, following its earlier ECU troubles, followed by countrymen Nico Jamin for Panis Racing and Thomas Laurent in the Signatech Alpine car, which has broken back into the top five.

In GTE Pro, Aston Martin's lead #97 car holds a 40-second advantage over the #51 Ferrari, helped by a brake change for the latter.

The two cars were locked in battle at the start of the 17th hour, with Harry Tincknell passing Daniel Serra for the class lead just after the latter's pitstop. Tincknell pulled a gap of 16s over the Ferrari, but that advantage was whittled down to just a few seconds when James Calado took over the #51 car.

But, not long after Calado took over, the Ferrari was set back by around a minute due to its brake change, and now circulates 40s behind the #97 car - now with Maxime Martin at the wheel - in the hands of Alessandro Pier Guidi.

The #95 Aston remains a lapped third, with the #71 Ferrari a further two laps back in fourth place and the Risi Competizione Ferrari in fifth following Sebastien Bourdais' earlier spin, which was caused by a broken front-right damper.

In GTE Am, the TF Sport Aston Martin continue its serene run at the head of the field, with Jonathan Adam back at the wheel and a lap clear of Francois Perrodo in the #83 AF Corse Ferrari. Riccardo Pera was only a further six seconds back in the #77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche, and 22s clear of Matteo Cairoli in the #56 Project 1 Porsche.


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