This weekend was like a roller-coaster ride for Audi’s motorsport division because it started quite bad, continued in just about the same manner but ended in an almost perfect way. It started bad because their R18 e-tron quattro #1 crashed not once, but twice prior to the start of the legendary endurance race.
The bad luck continued after the start of the race, particularly on lap 25 when the #3 car retired after a crash which occurred at a point during the race when the rain was quite heavy and not only did it considerably lower visibility but it also created a slippery road surface.
Despite having so many problems throughout this year’s Le Mans event, Audi still has a lot to celebrate as in the end they managed a one-two finish, with Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer taking the win after completing 379 laps while in second place arrived the car driven by Kristensen/Gene/di Grassi which managed 376 laps.
Both Porsche 919 Hybrid cars retired after 348 and 346 laps, respectively, while the Toyota TS040 Hybrid driven by Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi took the third place after completing 373 laps. With the R18 e-tron quattro, Audi has managed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 13th time. The same car allowed Audi to triumph in 2013 and 2012 while in 2011 they won with a R18 TDI. A year before that, the Audi R15 TDI plus took the title.