Audi won its twelfth Le Mans victory on Sunday, taking three of the top five finishes. This marks the brand’s second consecutive victory for its R18 e-tron hybrid, and it’s fourth consecutive victory, with a streak starting in 2010. Only its corporate cousin Porsche can claim more overall victories with 16 wins. Toyota took second and fourth place with its TS030 Hybrid race cars.
A last-minute rule change put the Audi team at a seeming disadvantage to the Toyota cars, forcing them to make more pit stops than the Toyota cars. Audi had to compensate by faster lap times. The winning team was the trio of Loïc Duval of France, Tom Kristensen of Denmark, and Allan McNish of Great Britain.
The second-place Toyota was piloted by the team of Anthony Davidson of Britain, Sébastien Buemi of Switzerland and Stéphane Sarrazin of France.
Both teams had to face heavy rain showers for a portion of the race. The number 7 Toyota which ended up finishing fourth slid off the track and into the barriers. A quick repair in the pits to the bodywork and front suspension helped the #7 team make it back into the top five.
Unfortunately, spirits of the teams and spectators were dampened by the death of Allan Simonsen, a driver for Aston Martin in the GT class, who died after a crash early in Saturday’s racing.
Source: Audi, Toyota