Ferrari far outperformed the competition in the GTE-Am class at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, with privately-run Ferrari 488 GTEs finishing the race in first, second, and third. The No. 84 Ferrari 488 of JMW Motorsport was the victor in its class, completing 333 laps over the course of the 24-hour road race, followed closely by the No. 55 Ferrari of Spirit of Race and No. 62 car of Scuderia Corsa, both with 331 laps.
The No. 98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE of Dalla Lana-Lamy-Lauda had led the race from the start, until night started to fall and the car’s front-right tire blew out, handing the lead to JMW Motorsport. Drivers Dries Vanthoor, Will Stevens (former F1 driver), and Robert Smith kept the lead for the rest of the event, crossing the finish just 34 laps down from the overall winner: the vastly more-powerful No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid prototype.
The Ferrari 488 GTE is powered by the same twin-turbocharged, 3.9-liter V8 as used in the GTB production car. It’s popular among GTE-Am racers, making up half of the 16-car field at Le Mans.
Unfortunately, Ferrari didn’t fare as well in GTE Pro, where the Nos. 51 and 71 Ferrari 488 GTEs of AF Corse finished fifth and tenth in-class, respectively. The No. 82 Ferrari of Risi Competizione, which last year took second in GTE Pro, had even worse luck, being taken out of the race early on by a nasty crash with an Oreca 07 P2 car.