LE MANS - It was a crazy weekend here at Le Mans, as Audi won the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race with its R18 e-tron Quattro a.k.a. a hybrid race car and witted with quattro drive. Victory was clinched by Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB).
For those who don’t know, this was the twelfth triumph for Audi at Le Mans and according to the official press release it was the most difficult hardest-fought ones, as Toyota proved to be a better rival comparing it with last year’s problems. The Toyota TS030 Hybrid LPM1 driven by Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin managed to finish the race on the second place.
The third place went to the #3 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro driven by Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis. The #7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid race driven by Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima finished the race on the fourth place. Tom Kristensen, who managed to take the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro to the finish line wanted to dedicate its win to Allan Simonsen, who died yesterday in a fatal accident just 10 minutes after the start of the race.
“We owe the twelfth victory of our brand at Le Mans to the consistent, innovative spirit of our engineers, the unconditional commitment of the entire team and the skills and strong nerves of our drivers. On behalf of Audi, I extend my sincere congratulations on this success to all of them,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, who, as usual, personally watched the race on location. “This marks another great success for Audi in which our hybrid system again prevailed and new technologies, which our customers will also benefit from in the future, were tested.”
They included innovative radiators and matrix-beam LED headlights, which make optimum lighting of the corners at night possible – a crucial advantage at Le Mans. “We knew that, not least due to the regulatory requirements, it would be very difficult for us this year,” commented Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “As expected, Toyota was a very strong rival – but our Audi R18 e-tron quattro was in a class of its own. My thanks go to the entire team that worked for months to achieve this success.”