Porsche 919 Hybrid (19), Porsche Team: Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, Nico Huelkenberg (l-r)

It’s been a gruelling, action-packed weekend that saw up to six cars in fierce contention, but in the end it was Porsche that came up tops to win the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy in the #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid clinched the chequered flag ahead of teammates Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley in the throwback red #17 for an all-Stuttgart 1-2 finish.

The lead Porsche LMP1 ran like clockwork without any incidents – its closest shave being right next to a heavy shunt by a GTE-Pro Aston Martin – when other cars ran into a variety of troubles. As such, it was in exactly the right place to take the company’s 17th win (extending its record for most wins) and its first since its last race in 1998.

Behind the #19 prototype, the #17 – painted red to commemorate Porsche’s first win exactly 45 years ago in a red 917 – was booked in for a one-minute penalty in the middle of the race for overtaking under yellow flags, but otherwise its run was just as uneventful. The black #18, which crashed twice mid-race and was then plagued with reliability issues, ultimately finished fifth.

Porsche 919 Hybrid (17), Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley

This marked the end of a five-race winning streak for Audi – it took third place with last year’s winners Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Tréluyer in the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, even after ejecting most of its rear bodywork at one point and then being hit by a drive-through penalty. Elsewhere, Ingolstadt was beset either by crashes (#8, which finished fourth) or mechanical woes (#9, which finished seventh).

How about the rest of the factory LMP1 teams? Well, reigning world champion Toyota was uncharacteristically been off the pace all weekend, leading to the #2 Toyota TS040 Hybrid taking sixth place ahead of the #1 car in eighth, eight and nine laps down on the leaders respectively.

Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber, Fritz Enzinger, Leiter LMP1,  Nico Huelkenberg, Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber (l-r)

As for Nissan, its radical new front-engined GT-R LM Nismo was problematic from the start – its hybrid system wasn’t as powerful as initially intended, and the car ran front-wheel drive instead of AWD – and was hit by gremlins all throughout. After spending much of its time at the back of the overall grid (the race was basically treated as an extended testing session), the team only got the #22 car past the finish line; it wasn’t classified, however, as it did not manage to complete 70% of the winner’s race distance.

The rest of the grid saw the #47 KCMG Nissan-powered Oreca 05 driven by Richard Bradley, Matthew Howson and Nicolas Lapierre took victory in LMP2, the #67 Chevrolet Corvette C7R piloted by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor clinched the GTE-Pro win and the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Andrea Bertolini, Victor Shaytar and Alexey Basov won the GTE-Am class after a heartbreaking last-hour crash by the leading #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.