Top 20 photos from Le Mans 2017

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Top 20 photos from Le Mans 2017

Your usual dose of top 10 photos has grown to 20 this week in order to have enough room to show you the insane quality of photography from the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

We had a fantastic team of photographers who worked round the clock to bring viewers the very best in Le Mans imagery. The light was magic and the racing was close.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did selecting these photos. Express yourself and let us know what you think!

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20. A public transit bus stuck in the Mulsanne corner gravel trap

20. A public transit bus stuck in the Mulsanne corner gravel trap
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Photo by: Marc Fleury

We begin the list with some humor. A public transit bus driver tried to turn around through the gravel trap after making a wrong turn at Mulsanne...

19. #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen, Richie Stanaway

19. #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen, Richie Stanaway
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Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

We all know nighttime at Le Mans is magical, but it's always impressive you're actually living it.

18. #2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley

18. #2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley
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Photo by: Marc Fleury

Lower protective covers along the famous Auberge des Hunaudières means this shot was back to being the scene setter it once was.

17. #84 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE: Robert Smith, Will Stevens, Dries Vanthoor

17. #84 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE: Robert Smith, Will Stevens, Dries Vanthoor
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Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

And here's the view from inside the Auberge.

16. Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy, Neel Jani, Porsche Team

16. Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy, Neel Jani, Porsche Team
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

The drivers parade is another fun and unique Le Mans experience. And the drivers themselves enjoy it.

15. #9 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Jose Maria Lopez, Yuji Kunimoto, Nicolas Lapierre

15. #9 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Jose Maria Lopez, Yuji Kunimoto, Nicolas Lapierre
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

Night pitstops is another great Le Mans experience. It's dangerous, fast and exciting all at the same time.

14. #9 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Jose Maria Lopez, Yuji Kunimoto, Nicolas Lapierre, #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamu

14. #9 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Jose Maria Lopez, Yuji Kunimoto, Nicolas Lapierre, #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamu
7/20

Photo by: Marc Fleury

With time, these team group shots age well (read: gives you that nostalgic feeling). With hindsight, we now know how Le Mans 2017 ended for the Toyota team...So much hope and excitement in this photo at the Place de la République...

13. #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima

13. #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

The TS050 tearing through the quiet forest.

12. #28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: François Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivière, Emmanuel Collard

12. #28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: François Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivière, Emmanuel Collard
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Photo by: Nikolaz Godet

When it's only Wednesday practice and you're pushing so hard, you're kicking up gravel already.

11. Chase Carey, FOM CEO waves the French flag to give the start of the race

11. Chase Carey, FOM CEO waves the French flag to give the start of the race
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

F1 supremo Chase Carey waves the French flag as the LMP1 entries are let loose. Two worlds collide.

10. Start: #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Stéphane Sarrazin leads

10. Start: #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Stéphane Sarrazin leads
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Photo by: Anthony Rew

And a bit further down the start/finish straight, the field heads off into 24 hours of unknowns.

9. Checkered flag for #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen, Richie Stanaway and #97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Darren Turner, Jonny Adam, Daniel Serra

9. Checkered flag for #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen, Richie Stanaway and #97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Darren Turner, Jonny Adam, Daniel Serra
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Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

An absolutely wild finish for the AMR team, with everyone cheering them on at the finish.

8. #24 CEFC Manor Oreca 07 Gibson: Tor Graves, Jonathan Hirschi, Jean-Eric Vergne

8. #24 CEFC Manor Oreca 07 Gibson: Tor Graves, Jonathan Hirschi, Jean-Eric Vergne
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

Night falls on the Virage du Raccordement. The side light there is magic.

7. Podium: second place Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas Laurent, DC Racing

7. Podium: second place Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas Laurent, DC Racing
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Photo by: Nikolaz Godet

Thrilled second place finishers enjoy their time on the overall podium. Well done to the whole Jackie Chan DC Racing crew.

6. Race winners Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, Porsche Team

6. Race winners Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, Porsche Team
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

The traditional drivers and car photo in parc fermé. Only one win away from 20 (20!!) overall wins for Porsche.

5. #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson, #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, Pipo Derani

5. #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson, #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, Pipo Derani
16/20

Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

The Ford contingency arriving at the pesage, as seen from above.

4. #63 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor

4. #63 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor
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Photo by: Anthony Rew

Pit action is a blur. Literally.

3. #13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.

3. #13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.
18/20

Photo by: Anthony Rew

The #13 seen in early morning light. Hours later the car would be disqualified due to a modified part.

2. Rob Leupen, Team Manager, Toyota Gazoo Racing, reacts to the #9 retirement with Hugues de Chaunac

2. Rob Leupen, Team Manager, Toyota Gazoo Racing, reacts to the #9 retirement with Hugues de Chaunac
19/20

Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

The story of the night of course. Shock, dismay, sadness, anger in the Toyota garage.

1. Sunrise at Le Mans

1. Sunrise at Le Mans
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Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

Dunlop bridge on fire from the crystal clear sunrise. Of course this is number one.
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Series Le Mans
Event 24 Hours of Le Mans
Location Circuit de la Sarthe