Neel Jani says the disappointment of having reliability issues with the #14 Porsche at Le Mans was made even worse by the "huge potential" of the car.

The car was hampered by an early technical issue which left it a number of laps down, but still showed race-leading pace for a number of hours on Sunday morning before a gearbox failure with less than two hours left force the car in to the garage and out of the race. Jani - who was sharing the car with Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas - said the speed that had been displayed on occasion made the result harder to take.

"Our car ran really well," Jani said. "At times we have been right at the front. Because such a huge potential was there, I am very disappointed about the result. On the other hand, we always knew that sustainability was crucial and difficult to achieve quickly."

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Team-mate Lieb agreed that the issues had masked the car's pace at times, with it ultimately not being classified despite returning to the track.

"I am rather lost for words, because it is hard to deal with incidents like those that occurred during the race," Lieb said. "The no. 20 Porsche 919 Hybrid had a really fantastic race. They had no problems at all until shortly before the end.

"On the other hand, our no. 14 car was slowed down by some minor technical failures, which forced us to stop several times in the pits. Nevertheless, we did the best we could. Some one and a half hours before the chequered flag there was a bigger problem. The team managed to get the car running again and we finally managed to cross the line."