Over the weekend Audi won the famous Le Mans 24 hour endurance race for the 13th time in 16 attempts. Two Audi R18 e-tron quattro race cars took the number 1 and 2 position on the podium.
This year’s event was a big one, with Porsche returning to the sport after 16 years absence. Toyota also proved very competitive, coming in third place with the TS040 Hybrid LMP1 car.
The winning trio in the number 2 Audi, made up of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benolt Treluyer, ended up with 379 laps after 24 hours. The number 1 R18 followed with Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene, and Tom Kristensen doing the driving, completing 376 laps.
Anthony Davidson, Nicholas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi followed in third place completing 374 laps of the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe French road track. This puts Toyota Racing team at the top of the drivers’ and manufacturers’ World Endurance Championship standing in terms of points.
Porsche was one of the favourites early on in this year’s event. The brand is currently the most successful in Le Mans history with 16 wins in total over the years. Dumas, Jani and Lieb managed 348 laps in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, good enough for fifth place overall.
See below for the top three results in each class:
Audi R18 e-Tron – Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benolt Treluyer – 379 laps
Audi R18 e-tron – Lucas Di Grassi/Marc Gene/Tom Kristensen – 376 laps
Toyota TS040 Hybrid – Anthony Davidson/Nicolas Lapierre/Sebastien Buemi – 374 laps
Nissan Zytek Z11SN – Simon Dolan/Harry Tincknell/Oliver Turvey – 360 laps
Nissan Ligier JS P2 – Pierre Thiriet/Ludovic Badey/Tristan Gommendy – 355 laps
Nissan Alpine A450b – Paul-Loup Chatin/Nelson Panciatici/Oliver Webb – 355 laps
Ferrari 458 Italia – Gianmaria Bruni/Toni Vilander/Giancarlo Fisichelle – 339 laps
Chevrolet Corvette C7 – Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 338 laps
Porsche 911 RSR – Marco Holzer/Frederic Makowiecki/Richard Lietz – 337 laps
Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Kristian Poulsen/David Heinemeier-Hansson/Nicki Thim – 334 laps
Porsche 911 RSR – Christian Ried/Klaus Bachler/Khaled Al Qubaisi – 332 laps
Ferrari 458 Italia – Luis Perez-Companc/Marco Cioci/Mirko Venturip – 331 laps