The 24 Hours of Le Mans got off to a rough start but Audi overcame a near tragedy to claim a one-two victory in the LMP1 class.
The #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer - managed to overcome turbocharger problems to secure a victory with 379 laps. The #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro was close behind as it finished the race in second with 376 laps. Rounding out the top three was the #8 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid which was driven by Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi.
According to Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler, “We’ve seen many exciting races and celebrated great victories at Le Mans but this success has a very special significance. We didn’t enter this race as favorites and in Porsche and Toyota had two very strong rivals. That we managed to win Le Mans again this time in spite of this is a fantastic achievement by the whole Audi squad. We’re tremendously happy and my thanks go to all who have made this success possible.”
Porsche's highly anticipated return to Le Mans was marked by disappointment as the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid - driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber - was set for a podium finish but suffered a powertrain problem which forced it to retire after 22 hours of racing. The #14 919 Hybrid also suffered powertrain problems but it managed to finish the race in 11th place overall with 348 laps.
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