Audi complete one-two at 24 hours of Le Mans
The number two car, which comprised of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer, led Audi to a 13th win in the last 15 versions of the world’s oldest active sports race.
Tom Kristensen – holder of a record nine Le Mans victories – was in the number one Audi along with Lucas di Grassi and Marc Gene, as Audi rounded off a fine result in the 82nd instalment of Le Mans.
However, the race was noteworthy for a series of problems encountered by the leading manufacturers.
Audi themselves endured issues early on Sunday, with both cars suffering from turbo difficulties.
That allowed Porsche’s number 20 car compiled of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard to take the lead – on the constructor’s return to the race – with approximately three hours remaining, but the recovering Audi number two had too much pace.
Webber’s car slowed dramatically at the 22-hour mark with a technical problem, and the car was wheeled into the garage and did not return.
Toyota (no. 8) rounded off the podium, completing a third-placed finish that had looked unlikely following a crash for Nicolas Lapierre during a rain storm early on.
It was scant reward for Toyota, whose number seven car had dominated almost half of the race before an electrical issue encountered by Kazuki Nakajima forced a retirement.
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