Race weekend started at 15:00 with very blue sky and warm temperature.
After traditional "Le Mans Style" start YART-Yamaha lost their top position, however, both F.C.C.TSR Honda France and YART-Yamaha kept within 6th place at 1st stint. After the first pit stop, #94 GMT94 Yamaha (Dunlop) at the top, very closely followed by YART-Yamaha, and F.C.C.TSR Honda France at 3rd group position.
At 109th lap, Brock PARK of YART-Yamaha challenged GMT94 Yamaha with tail to nose and successfully passed securing top position. At the following pit-stop GMT94 Yamaha passed YART-Yamaha with very quick pit work. Marvin FRITZ of YART-Yamaha once again challenged GMT94 Yamaha and had overtaken to become at the top.
However, at 157th lap, being a bit too aggressive, Marvin FRITZ of YART-Yamaha crashed losing its top position to GMT94 Yamaha.
Entering night time race, while various top teams having machine trouble and crashes, top position by GMT94 Yamaha, 2nd place by F.C.C.TSR Honda France remained the same for some time, entering into morning time towards final stage of the race.
Remaining 6th hours to the checkered flag, at 624th lap, when F.C.C.TSR Honda France were making its scheduled pit-stop changing its rider to Freddy FORAY, GMT94 Yamaha crashed unexpectedly. At 628th lap, F.C.C.TSR Honda France took over the top position.
After taking over the top position, F.C.C.TSR Honda France made its "endurance" race toward 1st win in Europe, carefully monitoring time difference between following team. Remaining with 40 minutes to the end, at 819th lap, F.C.C.TSR Honda France made final pit-stop changing rider from Alan TECHER to Freddy FORAY. FORAY made final runs with very steady riding.
At 843rd lap, race ending at 15:00 on Sunday, F.C.C.TSR Honda France marked their 1st victory in Europe to become the 41th edition Champion at Le Mans 24 hours race.
Also this result meant the first win in Europe at EWC for Bridgestone supported team.
As for YART-Yamaha which crashed at the early stage of the race, went back into race after fixing the bike, however were not able to continue the race due to its damage. As for MERCURY Racing using production RACING BATTLAX, they raced very steadily, at the some point running as high as 4th position to finally finished at remarkable 9th place
F.C.C.TSR Honda France obtained 58 points with its win, now leading the EWC season series
Ranking EWC season series after 2 race
1. ♯5 F.C.C.TSR Honda France (BS) 95
2. ♯94 GMT94 Yamaha (DL) 91
3. #111 Honda Endurance Racing (DL) 82
4. #13 Wepol Racing by penz13.com (BMW、PI) 81