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Le Mans: Audi endures for 2014 24-hour victory

Jun 15, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

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Audi has captured its 13th win in 15 years in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler winning their third Le Mans in four years (2011, 2012).

The 2014 edition wasn’t so much an edition of pace versus pace as much as it was pace versus reliability, as the new LMP1 regulations threw a number of curveballs at the field.

Audi ended 1-2 although both of its cars required turbo changes. Meanwhile a series of issues plagued Porsche, which was down on outright pace but used a tortoise strategy and a fewer pit stops to play the No. 20 car (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) into contention.

Webber’s car though, ground to a halt from an unidentified mechanical issue with just over two hours remaining, which stunted the charge and ended their race.

Behind the top two, Toyota’s No. 8 made it onto the podium despite losing eight laps and 50 minutes in the garage early in the race from accident damage.

The remaining class victories went to Jota Sport (LMP2) with the venerable Zytek Z11SN Nissan, AF Corse with its No. 51 Ferrari F458 Italia in GTE-Pro and the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage in GTE-Am.

More to follow later today on MotorSportsTalk.

  1. worknman24hours - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    This is series domination in a way that has to respected.

    The racing team at Audi has put a stranglehold on Lemans and has shown repeatedly that they are doing exactly the right thing to be at the front at the end of the race.

    I congratulate them for putting down a strong challenge from Toyota this year and for again showing that Audi means winning.

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