Le Mans - There's a saying in motorsport: 'to finish first, you have to finish'. Those words came to haunt Toyota in Sunday's 84th edition of the Le Mans 24 hours race, widely considered to be the ultimate challenge of man and machine.
Toyota's TS050 No.5 car was on course to win the Japanese automaker's first Le Mans title when disaster struck. Driver Kazuki Nakajima stuttered to a halt when looking nailed-on to win the endurance race.
So close, yet so far
It is unclear what caused the No.5 car to stop. The team said it was still investigating the issue of what lead to the car losing power at the second Mulsanne chicane.
This left Porsche to snatch its 18th Le Mans win in one of the most dramatic finishes in the races history.
Neel Jani passed Nakajima's stationary car on the main straight with three minutes and twenty seconds remaining and powered the Porsche 919 Hybrid over the line, to elation and tears of joy in their garage.
Watch Toyota lose Le Mans with less than four minutes remaining:
This is how the Internet reacted to the dramatic scenes:
Heartbroken.— TOYOTA WEC Team (@Toyota_Hybrid) June 19, 2016
Toyota driver Anthony Davidson:
@Toyota_Hybrid for now. But tomorrow - 2017.— Matt Swindells (@seventyr) June 19, 2016
I literally have no words..— Anthony Davidson (@antdavidson) June 19, 2016
Kazuki on the radio as he crossed the line "I'm ready to cry guys". Don't worry mate. I was already there— Anthony Davidson (@antdavidson) June 19, 2016
@Toyota_Hybrid The Porsche guys, shouldn't have celebrate like that, such a gifted win ?? Stay strong guys come back stronger than ever— Laurence #LH44 (@Laurence44_96) June 19, 2016
In the end, it was Porsche who celebrated in 2016:
@Toyota_Hybrid You maybe lost Le Mans, but you have won a lot of hearts today, so next year everybody will cheer on you and hope you win!— Kim Kristensen (@Ironeagle489) June 19, 2016