CEFC MANOR Racing enjoyed a top-10 finish at the Le Mans 24 hours with the #24 car of Jean-Eric Vergne, Jonathan Hirschi and Tor Graves.
In a race of high attrition for the LMP1 cars, the leading LMP2 car belonging to the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing held the race lead with just over an to go.
With only two LMP1 cars completing the full 24 hours, the sole remaining Manor car came home in eighth-place overall and seventh in the LMP2 class.
It was a more lamentable event for the number #25 car driven by former F1 star Vitaly Petrov; Simon Trummer and Roberto Gonzalez, when just after the 10 hour mark Trummer crashed out of the race, but was unhurt after being cleared of injury by the circuit medical centre.
The #25 car was enjoying the superior running early on, with former GP2 star, Trummer, circulating in fourth-place prior to the incident on its 152nd lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe.
After the demise of the aforementioned car, the sole-remaining assault undertaken by former F1 and current Formula E star, Vergne (above), alongside his teammates was thwarted by maintenance work that dropped the anglo-chinese effort to eighth, where it ultimately finished seven laps down on the victorious Porsche team.
The overall race was won by the #2 Porsche driven by Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber, having recovered from last place after an extended period in the pits owing to repairs made to the car’s hybrid system early on.
Double points were awarded to finishers of the centrepiece 24-hour-race, which ensured the Silverstone-based outfit moved up to 7th place in the overall World Endurance Championship standings.
The next round of the WEC takes place at the Nurburgring on Sunday, 16 July with the championship being led by the #2 Toyota driven by Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.