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24 Hours of Le Mans

Youngest ever Le Mans 24 Hours winner: 'Dreamed of this for so long!'

Morris Schuring has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a debutant. The Manthey EMA driver was therefore delirious with joy afterwards.

Morris Schuring
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Morris Schuring is officially the youngest winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, snatching the record from Alexander Wurz. 

Schuring was part of the winning #91 Manthey EMA car in the LMGT3 category, which actually led the class for large portion of what what a chaotic 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Rain tormented the entire race at the Circuit de la Sarthe, which led to a big shunt in the category in the opening hours for the #54 Vista AF Corse car. 

However, in the closing hours there was an even bigger crash for the #27 Heart of Racing Team outfit, which crashed into a barrier before flipping over. 

The incident occurred due to moving off the dry line to allow faster cars through, leaving the Aston Martin Vantage with no grip. 

At the front, and Manthey EMA won the lowest class by over a lap, with Schuring making some history at just only 19 years old. 

Wurz had been the youngest driver to win the race ahead of Manthey EMA's victory, with the teenager from Den Dolder in the Netherlands having taken the record from the Austrian.

After the race, the Dutchman appeared in front of RTL7's camera and was visibly emotional.

"Unbelievable!," said Schuring. "I have dreamed of this for so long and then to actually make it a reality is really incredible. 

"I can't say anything right now either, I can't find words for it."

Overall victory

Whilst Manthey EMA won the LMGT3 category, the Hypercar class and the race overall was won for the second season in a row by Ferrari. 

However, last year the #51 Ferrari AF Corse won, whilst it was the #50 Ferrari AF Corse which mastered the horrific conditions. 

Large portions of the event was completed in the rain, with a lengthy four-hour safety car having been required in the early hours of the morning due to the spray making visibilty an issue. 

One team caught out by the tough conditions was the #46 Team WRT car in the LMGT3 class, which included nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi. 

The car had been in genuine podium contention before it crashed heavily, although Rossi was not at the wheel.

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