Davidson helps Toyota to second place in tragic 90th anniversary Le Mans race

Anthony Davidson. Picture (c) James Gasperotti/JGP Images
Anthony Davidson. Picture (c) James Gasperotti/JGP Images

Anthony Davidson and team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin brought their Toyota TS030 Hybrid home in second place the Le Mans 24 hour race, writes Peter Brazier.

The race started tragically, when after only a few minutes a freak accident occurred, sending the Aston Martin Vantage of Allan Simonsen into the Armco barriers.

Sadly, the Danish driver sustained serious injuries before passing away shortly afterwards at the medical centre on site.

This brought the Safety Car out for the first time – a process that occurred 11 times over the course of the race.

The rain affected race was eventually won by the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro of Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Allan McNish – giving Kristensen his ninth Le Mans victory.

Hemel Hempstead-born Davidson and his co-drivers battled with the Audis throughout, gaining time when they were able to do additional laps between pit stops – only to slip back when the Audis used more fuel to boost their performance.

“ We did everything we could in the circumstances,” said Davidson.

There were mixed emotions on the podium as Kristensen expressed his anguish at the loss of his fellow Dane in the bittersweet running of the 90th anniversary of Le Mans.