The Lotus Jetalliance team was left thrilled with a finish on the first outing for the new Evora in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

James Rossiter, Johnny Mowlem and Jonathan Hirschi managed to bring the #65 car to the finish in 22nd overall and seventh in the GTE-Pro class.

While the finish was reason enough to cheer, there was a further boost for the team as the trio were third amongst those teams registered for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup- giving them an ILMC podium in the process.

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Although the sister car of Oskar Slingerland, Martin Rich and John Hartshorne failed to finish after a broken wheel left the car stranded on track, team owner Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer said was proud of his team for the way it had performed during the Le Mans week.

"Congratulations to the entire team," he said. "They have done an outstanding job over the past few weeks, thus really making this great appearance possible for us - because bringing a brand new car that far in such a short space of time to be able to make it to the finish of the world's toughest endurance race is really worth to be cherished.

"The experts also see it the same way - which pleases me in particular. It makes the anguish of not having been at the wheel myself definitely bearable."