Prosperity Investment Management’s Mike Conway stormed to a superb outright victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, entering the history books with a much-deserved maiden win at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
After several visits to the revered 24 hour race, and several bouts of cruel luck, Mike arrived at the biggest race on the planet with one goal in mind - lifting the coveted Le Mans trophy.
As the reigning WEC World Champion, Mike was determined to add Le Mans victory to his already illustrious CV.
Starting the weekend in fine form, Mike’s team mate, Kamui Kobayashi, placed the #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GR010 HYBRID on pole position - placing Mike in the perfect position to take the start of the race on Saturday.
On Saturday, the heavens opened just an hour before the start of the race - adding another challenge to one of the most difficult races in the world.
Mastering the conditions, Mike took the start of the race and never looked back. Despite picking two punctures early in the race, the Prosperity IM ambassador built up an impressive gap to his rivals behind.
As the race struck half-distance at twelve hours, the team had built up a two-minute lead over the sister #8 TOYOTA and looked in dominant form.
Racing into a new day, Mike and the team had to nurse a fuel system issue but were undeterred in their pursuit of glory.
As the clock struck 24 hours, the team took the chequered flag in triumphant style with a lead of more than two laps.
As a result of their victory, the #7 crew of Mike, Kobayashi and José María López take the lead of the WEC championship standings on 120 points with the Bahrain double-header to go - in October and November.
“It was a hard race. We knew we had an issue on the car for the last six hours and that could have been a really big problem, but the team came up with a solution to keep us going. All credit to them for getting a one-two finish. It is really special in the circumstances. This race is never easy. Even if you are out on your own at the front, anything can happen. I want to thank my team-mates for their mega stints and hard work all the time, plus the team in Cologne and Japan for their support and hard work that made this possible. We can enjoy it now because a weight is lifted off us.”