Audi achieves a remarkable one-two victory at 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 15, 2014

It was a hot weekend at Le Mans where Audi, Porsche and Toyota battled for the victory at the well-known 24 hours endurance race. After Audi lost the No. 3 R18 e-Tron following a crash with the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid driven by Nicolas Lapierre, we saw both Porsche 919 Hybrid race cars losing the battle with their rivals.

The French driver Benoît Tréluyer had the honor of driving the victorious No.2 Audi across the finish line after 24 hours as the winner, followed by the second-placed No.1 Audi driven by Tom Kristensen.

So, conclusion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is that Audi proved once again that it is unbeatable as it managed to win the legendary race held at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The German manufacturer managed to secure the first two positions with the No.1 and No.2 Audi R18 e-Trons, followed by the Toyota TS040 Hybrid. So, after starting the race from the first position, Toyota managed to finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 3rd place.

Not bad, but still, the Japanese carmaker didn’t accomplish its target, to win the race at Le Mans.

“It was a race of the kind you can only experience at Le Mans,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “There were many incidents and none of the top cars made it across the distance without any problems. The decisive factors were that our Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were able to drive consistently fast for 24 hours, our drivers made no mistakes and our squad responded properly and quickly to the issues that occurred. In Porsche and Toyota we had two really strong rivals who, as expected, did not make life easy for us. I always believed that, in spite of the particularly difficult prerequisites for us this year, we’d be able to succeed and that we’ve got the most efficient race car. That we succeeded again makes me feel proud. ‘Thanks’ also from me to the whole squad, but to our Management Board and our Group as well that make it possible for us to demonstrate ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ at le Mans year after year. But I also express my respect for the performance delivered by Porsche on their return to Le Mans.”

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