Page 18 - The End of Another Le Mans
and Toyota Finally Make It...
Sunday 17th June
We all left for the circuit again at 8.40 and
parked up in Parking Blanc. Around this time I checked up on James F and
Ramona. It turned out that James had been at Arnage and had stayed there
until about 7 am, so well after dawn and then they drove on to Mulsanne, only
leaving there at about 10 am, by which time we had been back to the hotel,
freshened up and were already back at the circuit and sitting in our seats in
As far as the Sunday goes, the routine was much
the same as normal. After a night with no sleep and in the warmth of the
grandstand, staying awake became a seriously difficult task for all of us.
Soon enough Ramona and James F joined us for the run to the finish (punctuated
with a quick walk down to the Ford Chicane to look at some older Porsches) and a popular
Toyota win for Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima. The Rebellions finished 3rd and
4th, albeit 12 and 13 laps down. We thought that G-Drive had won LMP2 but
they (and TDS) were subsequently disqualified, handing the win instead to
Signatech (who were two laps down on them at the finish). In GTEPro the
very popular 'Pink Pig' Porsche took the win with the #91 Rothmans car finishing
second. The #77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche won GTEAm.
Following the race, we made our normal quick dash
back to the car park for a slower journey back to the hotel than in previous
years, but we were still there by 3.43. It was a relief to get back for me
as having had no sleep and with my reputation for falling asleep in the car
within 5 minutes of setting off from the circuit after the race, I was a bit
worried about that journey, but it all turned out fine.
We agreed to eat as early and as close by as
possible, so went to Del Arte at 6 pm. By that time both Toby and James
were spark out in their rooms, so I left them to it! I heard nothing more
from Toby until after 7 am on Monday morning but James surfaced with a message
at about 8.30, by which time the rest of us had eaten and were back at the hotel
for a well-deserved night's sleep....