Skip to content

Audi runs into trouble as Hour 7 begins at Le Mans

Jun 22, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

AUTO-FRA-MOTOR-RACING-ENDURANCE Getty Images

Shortly before the 24 Hours of Le Mans moved into its seventh hour, the race-leading No. 1 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler suffered problems and was forced into the garage, where its crew has feverishly begun work in an attempt to alleviate the issue.

Audi had been tight-lipped about the problem, with the only piece of information relayed by American race broadcaster SPEED Channel being that the No. 1 has an issue with its “electric generator.” The team later tweeted that the alternator was being changed on the No. 1 machine.

As a result, the No. 2 Audi R18 of Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish has taken the overall lead with the twin Toyota Racing TS 030 Hybrids moving to second (No. 8 – Stephane Sarrazin, Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson) and third (No. 7 – Kazuki Nakajima, Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz) ahead of the No. 3 Audi R18 (Marc Gene, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis), which has fallen back to fourth after pitting for a tire puncture.

The No. 1 team has fallen back currently to 15th overall, as Kristensen has taken over the No. 2 Audi and Sarrazin is now in the No. 8 Toyota.

  1. Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Dorsey Schroeder told us the team had to tear the drivetrain apart because the alternator isn’t engine-driven. He then said that not having the alternator driven by the engine “saves horsepower.” Strange.

    Isn’t any accessory ultimately engine-driven and thus soaks up some horsepower? I can understand locating the alternator elsewhere due to a tight engine compartment, but saying the alternator doesn’t require some horsepower to produce electrical power just sounds wrong.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Video from NASCAR America

Why Martinsville is one tricky track
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. K. Busch (1933)
  2. B. Keselowski (1549)
  3. R. Preece (1503)
  4. W. Pitkat (1264)
  5. R. Newman (1222)