Nico Hulkenberg says victory in his first-ever Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race marks the 'greatest achievement' of his career as he and team-mates Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber pulled off a surprise win in France.

Though the presence of the Force India F1 driver was always destined to garner attention for the German marque, the relative inexperience of LMP1 and Le Mans amongst all three drivers meant the #19 Porsche was always pegged as a relative outsider.

However, all three would develop their pace over the course of the 24 hours, with Hulkenberg in particular impressing as he got to grips with driving in traffic and driving at night to prove consistently quick in the 919 Hybrid.

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With man and machine completing a faultless 24 hours, Hulkenberg and the #19 Porsche steadily worked its way into contention before grabbing the lead in the ninth hour and going to win by more than a lap.

With Porsche granting Hulkenberg the honour of crossing the line as the clock reach 15.00 again on Sunday afternoon, the jubilant German feels it is his great triumph in motorsport yet.

"The goals internally were to put at least one car on the podium, now we've got a double victory that's a hell of a lot better. So I think we can all be very proud of what we achieved today.

"On the 19 car it was a very flawless race. When the night came in the track really came towards us, we had great pace, 'mistake-less', we had a good rhythm, good flow, the team did a great job."

"It is a great achievement, probably the greatest in my career. Just after the win now it's still tough to realise, maybe it will come in the next few days."

Hulkenberg says he took particular pleasure in enjoying the warm-down lap with the vast crowd, which he says is unlike anything he has experienced in F1.

"The lap afterwards when you go around and you see all these thousands and thousands of people cheering you on and they've been there more or less 24 hours. It's an amazing experience for me coming from the F1 environment and to see a race like this at Le Mans is just amazing and great. I'm really happy I've done it and obviously more happy that I've won it straight away with these two legends now."