NO LUCK IN 2016: Toyota TSO50 driver Kazuki Nakajima (centre), is helped to leave the race track after his car suffered an engine failure during the final lap of Le Mans 24-hours endurance race. Image: AFP / Jean-Sebastien Evrard
Le Mans - There's a saying in motorsport: 'to finish first, you have to finish'. Those words came to haunt Toyota in Sunday's 84th edition of the Le Mans 24 hours race, widely considered to be the ultimate challenge of man and machine.
Toyota's TS050 No.5 car was on course to win the Japanese automaker's first Le Mans title when disaster struck. Driver Kazuki Nakajima stuttered to a halt when looking nailed-on to win the endurance race.
So close, yet so far
It is unclear what caused the No.5 car to stop. The team said it was still investigating the issue of what lead to the car losing power at the second Mulsanne chicane.
This left Porsche to snatch its 18th Le Mans win in one of the most dramatic finishes in the races history.
Neel Jani passed Nakajima's stationary car on the main straight with three minutes and twenty seconds remaining and powered the Porsche 919 Hybrid over the line, to elation and tears of joy in their garage.
Watch Toyota lose Le Mans with less than four minutes remaining:
This is how the Internet reacted to the dramatic scenes:Porsche showed some class with this tweet: Toyota driver Anthony Davidson: In the end, it was Porsche who celebrated in 2016: