Audi dominated the eightieth edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race was won by André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler en Benoît Tréluyer in the hybrid Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, the first ever overall win for a hybrid powered car at the world famous endurance race. This result marked the eleventh victory for the German car maker, who also finished second, third and fifth.
Toyota’s return to Le Mans was less successful despite its good pace. Anthony Davidson has sustained a broken back following a massive crash in which his Toyota TS030 Hybrid went airborne. The other Toyota also failed to finish as Kazuki Nakajima made contact with the experimental Nissan DeltaWing. The rear bodywork of the Toyota was damaged beyond repair. The DeltaWing was forced to quit the race because of damage to its front end.
The LMP2-class was won by Enzo Potolicchio, Ryan Dalziel en Tom Kimber-Smith in the Honda powered Starworks Motorsport. Ferrari was victorious in the GTE Pro-class with the 458 Italia driven by Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. The GTE Am was won by Larbre Compétition, which entered the race with a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R driven by Pedro Lamy, Patrick Bornhauser en Julien Canal.
… and ….. errrrr ….. is any sane and rational person even the least bit surprised by the result seeing as how as its been for the last ten years Audi had ZERO viable competition ?
@GuitarSlinger Should have seen the race, till the accidents, the toyota had similar lap times.
What about Peugeot who only dropped out this year GuitarSlinger? They weren’t competitive?
Pug was a half ___ effort with half the funds that got lucky ……. once ! The Toyota’s few lap times that were almost competitive were an anomaly with the car having zero chance of ever winning ( Toyota having again less than 50% of the budget and 1/100 of the development time as Audi ) I watched the race or at least a good 60% of it . LMP1 was a snooze fest .
LeMans in fact has been irrelevant for the last decade …. with all the majors EXCEPT Audi saying away . Audi being there cause its the only venue they’re capable of winning in
Toyota should of won if it had not retired 2 cars. They had 3 cars but the 3rd was doomed through during a crash in a test. They only had the financial to push 2 by then and did all that in 9months and put the dagger to Audi;’s throat for a brief stint. However like mentioned above in my first statement, had they not retired we could be reading “Upset” article towards Audi. Lets hope and pray Anthony Davis returns in top speed with recovery and hope also that Toyota wins next year. However as a side note. I wish the Delta Wing didn’t retire either. Cause of that was a Toyota Hybrid impatiently trying to pass and ended up clipping the Delta.