Both Toyota and Porsche saw cars leading comfortably only to tumble into retirement with separate mechanical issues, the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid failing from the lead in the 10th hour while the #1 Porsche retired in the 20th hour, which saw an LMP2 car lead the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time ever.
The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca driven by Ho-Ping Tung, Thomas Laurent and Oliver Jarvis was involved in its own LMP2 class battle when the #1 Porsche stopped to hand the Chinese effort a surprise lead.
Given the number of LMP1 retirements, the Porsche garage remained on tenterhooks for the frantic finish having seen #1 Porsche retire from a lead of 14 laps.
But the #2 was successfully led home by Timo Bernhard for his second outright Le Mans win, and third in total, while co-driver Earl Bamber claims his second outright win to go with his 2015 triumph with Porsche and Brendon Hartley taking his first-ever Le Mans win.
Despite the bittersweet ending for the lead LMP2 car, the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca has made history as the first LMP2 car to lead outright at Le Mans plus a class victory and second place overall.
It was a hellish Le Mans 24 Hours for Toyota who were aiming to avenge the painful defeat of 12 months ago, as it leaves without any trophies in the overall classification. As the clock ticked into the 10th hour Toyota saw its 2017 Le Mans 24 Hour turn into a disaster as the #7 TS050 Hybrid was forced to retire from the lead after suffering a clutch problem which ended its charge.
Minutes later the #9 Toyota was involved in a massive collision with the #25 Manor Oreca, sending them both off track at the Dunlop Curves. Though Nicolas Lapierre recovered back to the track, the delaminating rear tyre would cause a small fire, bringing the Frenchman to a halt.
The last-standing #8 Toyota LMP1 car suffered a two-hour stoppage for its front motor failure, so the race it represents a nightmare Le Mans to follow its heart-breaking last lap defeat to mechanical woes 12 months ago.
With the privateer LMP1 ByKolles Racing Team Enso CLM P1/-1 retiring after just seven laps completed, while the #1 Porsche’s retirement ending its chances, it saw just one LMP1 car on the overall podium
A late scare for the #13 Vaillante Rebellion with issues in the pits were avoided to claim the final spot on the overall podium for Nelson Piquet Jr, David Heinemeier-Hansson and Mathias Beche.
Jackie Chan DC Racing has claimed a double podium in LMP2 with the #37 of David Cheung, Tristan Gommendy and Alex Brundle in third position and fourth overall.
Adam takes sensational Aston Martin victory in GTE Pro on the last lap!
Jonny Adam has claimed victory for the #97 Aston Martin Racing in a frantic final couple of laps against the #63 Corvette Racing – GM driven by Jordan Taylor, which suffered a last-lap tyre puncture to drop to third by the chequered flag behind the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK.
The Corvette and Aston Martin cars had been duelling for the lead throughout the final six hours and it came down to a final stint sprint with Taylor leading Adam. At the Ford chicane before the start of the final lap the two cars clashed but Adam got past while Taylor picked up a puncture forcing him to limp home and eventually be overtaken by Harry Tincknell in the #67 Ford for second place.
JMW Motorsport eases home for GTE Am victory
Dries Vanthoor has guided the JMW Motorsport Ferrari home to a thumping victory by two laps from the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari, while the Italian manufacturer locked out the rostrum with the #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari in third.
After the #98 Aston Martin dropped out of the lead with a tyre puncture, JMW Motorsport Ferrari inherited a lead it never relinquished to see Will Stevens, Robert Smith and Vanthoor claim the class victory.
The #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari defending its second place in the closing stages from the US-Scuderia Corse Ferrari, while the #99 Beechdean Aston Martin missed out on the podium by just 1m 16s.