Matteo Cairoli almost achieved a dream podium result on his fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans, but an unlucky final part of the race prevented him and the Porsche shared with team-mates Egidio Perfetti and Larry ten Voorde from finishing in the first three positions.
It was an under expectation edition of the Circuit de La Sarthe race for the Italian racing driver and Team Project 1 trio, who eventually claimed the LMGTE AM fourth place after fighting for most of the time for the top-3.
Third in the Hyperpole, only 132 milliseconds behind the Dempsey-Proton Racing's twin car, Cairoli was constantly among the front-runners. Unfortunately a late safety car period ruined his plans, as he was one of the few drivers on used tires in that moment.
"We had the right margin to finish on the podium", Cairoli explained. "Our pace was good, although we received more than two-minute penalty in the first two hours. We definitely lost the opportunity to end in the first three positions consequently a safety car intervention only 20 minutes before the chequered flag was waved. I hope to have more luck next year."