Despite strong challenges from Toyota and Porsche, which both showed the upper hand at key points throughout the incident-filled race, Audi persevered to claim a surprise 1-2 finish in the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer overcame turbocharger problems to drive Audi to its 13th title at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday.
It was the trio’s third victory in the world’s most famous endurance race. Their Audi No. 2 finished three laps ahead of Audi No. 1 driven by Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene and defending champion Tom Kristensen.
Audi has now won 10 of the last 11 races at Le Mans, including the last five.
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Porsche Moves Into Lead As Audi Hits More Drama At Hour 21
Porsche has taken over the lead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans following drama for the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the 21st hour.
Race leader Tom Kristensen, seeking a record 10th overall win, ground to a halt on track with less than four hours to go. The Dane continued, made a scheduled fuel-only stop before pitting just a few laps later for a turbo change.
The stop, which cost the No. 1 Audi more than 17 minutes, handed the lead back to the No. 20 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, who now holds a 1:30 lead over the No. 2 Audi of Andre Lotterer.
Just three races into his FIA World Endurance Championship switch from Formula One, Mark Webber is high on life and revitalized with his fresh opportunity to race with Porsche’s new LMP1 program.
The Australian, now 38, had spent the last 12 seasons in F1, and the last seven with Red Bull Racing. Winning still occurred, but politics often dictated the direction more than outright performance.
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