The Japanese commentary during Toyota's heartbreaking Le Mans loss is painful to listen to

In case you were living under a rock in the automotive world last weekend, you missed one of the most unbelievable 24 Hours of Le Mans finishes in history. Nay, one of the most unbelievable racing sports finishes of all time. Just as the race-leading #5 Toyota TS050 was about to start the final lap of a triumphant and long-overdue victory, cruel fate intervened and the car ground to a halt in front of pit lane. In front of 200,000 people. The #2 Porsche flashed past and Toyota—who was on pace to be just the second Japanese manufacturer to win at Le Mans (Mazda did it in 1991)—had lost in shocking fashion. Click through to hear the Japanese commentary team convey an entire country of racing fans’ devastation.

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  1. JayP Avatar

    I managed to stay up most of the night, catching when the race moved from FS1 to FS2.
    I debated on waking the kid up since Toyota had it in the bag.
    He managed to get to the TV in time to see the Toyota radio they’d had a failure.
    We couldn’t believe it. My son isn’t a fan of Toyota at all and he even realized the agony of the situation.

  2. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
    Greg Kachadurian

    No… NO. I’m not subjecting myself to this again! Nope.

  3. JayP Avatar

    And to make matters worse – because the #5 didn’t finish the final lap withing the spec’d 6 minutes, the car was a DNF, coming in at 45th place.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Yes, talk about adding insult to injury, and doubly unnecessary in that it was not even the situation the rule was created to address.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    The worst thing is that pub visiting Opel drivers will use this for all it’s worth for decades to come. Even if it doesn’t make sense at all.

  5. jeepjeff Avatar

    In a Toyota-vs-Porsche&Audi battle, I’m always going to land on Porsche and Audi’s side (yes: I understand, VWAG fielded two separate efforts). But… That’s not the way I’d want to see Toyota go down. The DNF is brutal, and they’ve spent so many years coming in second. That kind of consistency means the team knows what they are doing out there, no matter how I feel about Camry and Lexus drivers on the streets.
    Time for the ACO to introduce the “I Got Screwed Award”.

  6. CruisinTime Avatar

    Translate This please.