NEWS:
    Menu
    The Critic's Corner.
    Points of Note in this article... It was like in a fairy tale and they don’t always have perfect endings. For Audi, on the other hand, the outcome of the race was perfect. This week, we’ve experienced the full range of emotions. Unbelievable!
    OFFICIAL #WEC Report: Porsche - WEC, LMP1, Round 3, Le Mans, Race 15/06/2014 7:07pm
    2014 June 15
    Branding for Audi, WEC 2014 - Round 3, Le Mans, Qualifying. Image © Audi - 13th Jun 2014 - www.f1reports.com

    2014: WEC 24hrs Le Mans/France - Le Mans - www.f1reports.com WEC - 2014 - Le Mans - WEC 24hrs Le Mans/France

    OFFICIAL #WEC Report: Audi - WEC, LMP1, Round 3, Le Mans, Race

    Read The twenty four hour log by Audi here...

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 1)

    Strong early phase of Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars
    Two Audi cars in top three


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - In a thrilling first hour, the three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars advanced to positions two, three and five in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

    Trackside spectators and TV viewers witnessed numerous thrilling position changes between the Audi, Porsche and Toyota prototypes. André Lotterer (R18 #2) who had started from position five recovered the largest number of positions. On lap five, he bumped the #14 Porsche of Neel Jani from position three. Following a slip by the #8 Toyota #8 of Nicolas Lapierre, Lotterer took position two. Shortly before the end of the first hour, Marco Bonanomi in the #3 R18 managed to push past the #8 Toyota as well. Tom Kristensen (R18 #1) was unfortunate with a local speed limit and after one hour was running in position five.

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 2)

    Retirement of #3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro
    Rain shower causes chaos on track
    #2 Audi R18 e-tron in position two


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - A heavy rain shower in the second hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours caused chaos on track and the retirement of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro designated as car number ‘3.’

    Race control had just deployed the safety cars due to the heavy rain when Marco Bonanomi on the Hunaudières straight in front of the first chicane was hit in the rear at high speed by a GT Ferrari. The powertrain of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was so heavily damaged in the incident that the Italian was unable to continue the race.

    Prior to the accident in which he was not at fault Bonanomi had fought a thrilling battle for second place with André Lotterer (#2 R18) and the #8 Toyota of Nicolas Lapierre.

    After two hours, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars remaining in the race were running in positions two and four.

    Positions after 2 hours: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Porsche #20 4 Audi #1 5 Rebellion-Toyota #12 6 Oreca-Judd #34

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 3)

    Rain and safety cars again
    Driver change for #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro
    Audi in positions three and four


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - The third hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours was largely spent behind the safety cars. At around 18.00, Audi maintained positions three and four.

    Following the accident in the second hour, the race was only resumed for 15 minutes before heavy rain set in once more and the safety cars were deployed again.

    The squad of the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro used this safety car period for a driver change from André Lotterer to Benoît Tréluyer.

    Positions after 3 hours: 1 Porsche #20 2 Toyota #7 3 Audi #2 4 Audi #1 5 Rebellion-Toyota #12 6 Oreca-Judd #34

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 4)

    Audi continues in positions three and four

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - After a calm fourth hour, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars of Audi Sport Team Joest continue running in positions three and four in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

    Following the rain showers, the track completely dried off again so that both Audi cars switched from rain tires back to slicks. Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen handed over the #1 R18 e-tron quattro at 18:16 to Lucas di Grassi while running in position four.

    Benoît Tréluyer in the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, after four hours 44 seconds, was trailing the leading Porsche in position three.

    Positions after 4 hours: 1 Porsche #20 2 Toyota #7 3 Audi #2 4 Audi #1 5 Rebellion-Toyota #12 6 Alpine-Nissan #36

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 5)

    Audi in positions two and four

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - Position change in the fifth hour: Benoît Tréluyer, following a puncture on the #20 Porsche, improved to second place. The #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro continued running in fourth place.

    Stable weather conditions but a position shift for the leading quartet. Benoît Tréluyer benefited from a puncture on the #20 Porsche. His gap to the leading Toyota at the end of the fifth hour: barely a minute. The two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were running with consistent stability, pitting only to refuel and change tires.

    Positions after 5 hours: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Porsche #20 4 Audi #1 5 Rebellion-Toyota #12 6 Porsche #14

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 6)

    Audi continues in positions two and four

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - Unchanged order at the front of the field. The leading quartet in the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours finished the sixth hour of the race and first quarter of the race distance with nearly identical lap times.

    During the whole hour, the four leading cars in close succession completed their laps without any incidents. Both, the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro running in second place with Benoît Tréluyer at the wheel and car #1 with Lucas di Grassi, made only scheduled refueling stops.

    Positions after 6 hours: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Porsche #20 4 Audi #1 5 Rebellion-Toyota #12 6 Porsche #14

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 7)

    Both Audis R18 e-tron quattro hold top-three positions

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - In the Le Mans 24 Hours, Lucas di Grassi benefitted from an off-track moment of the Porsche #20, thus moving up to third position. With seven hours of the race contested, both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars held top-three positions.

    Between 21:00 and 22:00 hrs, both cars pitted for scheduled driver swaps. At the wheel of car #1, Lucas di Grassi was replaced by Marc Gené while Marcel Fässler took the wheel of car #2 from Benoît Tréluyer. As the safety-cars had to go out another time, during the pit stops, Fässler had to wait at the pit lane exit due to the red light and with seven hours contested, his gap to the leading Toyota #7 amounted to 1m 48s.

    Positions after 7h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Audi #1 4 Porsche #20 5 Rebellion-Toyota #12 6 Porsche #14

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 8)

    Audi still holds second and third positions

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - From 22:00 to 23:00 hrs, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars set virtually the same lap times as the leading Toyota. The positions remained unchanged while the gap on the fourth-placed Porsche was once again extended.

    Both Audi R18 e-tron quattro vehicles made a scheduled pit stop for fuel. The first hour of the race contested in the dark didn’t bring any extraordinary incidents.

    Positions after 8 h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Audi #1 4 Porsche #20 5 Rebellion-Toyota #12 6 Porsche #14

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 9)

    Audi still waiting for their chance, at midnight

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 14, 2014 - At midnight, the two Audi cars still held second and third position, in the Le Mans 24 Hours, waiting for their chance of pressurising the leaders.

    At the wheel of his Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2, Marcel Fässler succeeded in closing in on the leading Toyota #7 and reduced the gap to 1m 40s. Marc Gené also set consistent fast lap times, with the R18 #1 and kept on extending the lead over the fourth-placed Porsche #20.

    Positions after 9 h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Audi #1 4 Porsche #20 5 Porsche #14 6 Rebellion-Toyota #12

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 10)

    Audi still second and third at Le Mans

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - In the first hour after midnight, the two Audi Sport Team Joest vehicles once again pitted for scheduled driver swaps.

    Following a strong performance, Marc Gené pitted from third position to hand the Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1 over to record Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. And a few minutes later, André Lotterer replaced Marcel Fässler in the cockpit of the second-placed Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2.

    At 01:00 hrs, the gap of the two Audi prototypes to the leading Toyota #7 still remained the same and they continued to race on the same lap as the leaders.

    Positions after 10 h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Audi #1 4 Porsche #20 5 Porsche #14 6 Rebellion-Toyota #12

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 11)

    Audi still holds second and third positions

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - Close behind the leaders: in the 11th hour, Audi defends second and third positions.

    In the 11th hour of the race, scheduled pit stops for fuel and tyres were the only incidents for Audi Sport Team Joest. André Lotterer (#2) and Tom Kristensen (#1) defended second and third positions, with their gap to the leading Toyota #7 adding up to some two minutes.

    Positions after 11 h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Audi #1 4 Porsche #20 5 Porsche #14 6 Toyota #8

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 12)

    No changes when it comes to the three leading cars

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - At race half-time, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro vehicles still hold second and third positions.

    No changes at the head of the field in the 82nd edition of the 24h Le Mans. With 50 percent of the race contested, André Lotterer (#2) and Tom Kristensen (#1) still sustained their second and third positions.

    Positions after 12h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Audi #1 4 Porsche #20 5 Porsche #14 6 Toyota #8

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 13)

    Short repair stop for #1: fuel injector changed
    Audi now second and fourth


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - Moment of shock for the Audi Sport Team Joest: Tom Kristensen has to come in for a short repair stop.

    Short after race half-time, the Audi #1 slowed down and Tom Kristensen had to come in for a short pit stop. During the stop, a fuel injector was changed and some six minutes later, #1 rejoined the race action with Lucas di Grassi at the wheel. The incident cost the car just one position. Later, #1 lost more time due to an unscheduled tire change. With 13 hours contested, the two Audi racers held second (#2) and fourth (#1) positions.

    Positions after 13h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Porsche #20 4 Audi #1 5 Porsche #14 6 Toyota #8

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 14)

    Audi still on the hunt - in second and fourth positions

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - Uneventful 14th hour for Audi Sport Team Joest. No incidents, just the scheduled refuelling pit stops.

    In hour 14, the two Audi vehicles kept on racing in second (#2) and fourth (#1) positions and once again, the competitors at the front end of the field set virtually identical lap times, with the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro racers still being driven by Benoît Tréluyer (#2) and Lucas di Grassi (#1).

    Positions after 14h: 1 Toyota #7 2 Audi #2 3 Porsche #20 4 Audi #1 5 Toyota #8 6 Porsche #14

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 15)

    Audi takes the lead for the first time
    Toyota #7 stopped on the track
    Audi #2 in the lead , #1 in third position


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - A new leader: as the previously leading Toyota #7 had to stop on the track, Benoît Tréluyer in the cockpit of Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2 took the lead - for the first time since the race was started.

    On lap 220 of the 82nd edition of the 24h Le Mans, Audi could take the lead for the first time as the previously leading Toyota #7 stranded at the exit of the Arnage turn. So, Audi held first and third positions, at the end of the 15th hour, with Audi #1 - driven by Lucas di Grassi - permanently reducing the gap to the second-placed Porsche #20.

    Positions after 15h: 1 Audi #2 2 Porsche #20 3 Audi #1 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Ligier-Nissan #35

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 16)

    One-two lead for Audi
    #1 Audi bumps #20 Porsche from second place
    Unscheduled stop for #2 Audi


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - Shortly after 6 a.m. Audi enjoyed its first one-two lead in the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

    After Lucas di Grassi at the wheel of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro had come closer and closer to the second-placed #20 Porsche, the positions switched at 6:05. Afterwards, the Brazilian continuously managed to enlarge his advantage over Mark Webber in the Porsche before Marc Gené took over driving duties.

    Benoît Tréluyer handed over the #2 Audi R18 e-tron to Marcel Fässler with a three-lap advantage. Shortly before 7:00, car #2 had to make an unscheduled pit stop to change the turbocharger.

    Positions after 16 hours: 1 Audi #2 2 Audi #1 3 Porsche #20 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Ligier-Nissan #35

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 17)

    Narrow lead for #1 Audi
    Turbocharger change on #2 Audi


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - The lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours has changed again. A change of the turbocharger caused the leading #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro to drop to third place on Sunday morning.

    The unscheduled pit stop cost Marcel Fässler a total of 23 minutes and 18 seconds. With a two-lap gap the Swiss resumed the race at 7:18.

    Marc Gené at the wheel of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro took the lead. At 8:00, the Spaniard had an advantage of nearly two minutes over the second-placed #20 Porsche.

    Positions after 17 hours: 1 Audi #1 2 Porsche #20 3 Audi #2 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Ligier-Nissan #35

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 18)

    #1 Audi leads with a one-lap advantage
    #2 Audi reduces gap to #20 Porsche


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - The #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro was able to further extend its lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The #2 sister car reduced its gap to the second-placed Porsche.

    At 08:45, Marc Gené lapped the second-placed #20 Porsche during a pit stop and after 18 hours was running in front with a one-lap advantage. Following his unscheduled pit stop, Marcel Fässler in the #2 R18 #2 drove the fastest lap times in the field and reduced the gap to the second-placed Porsche to one lap.

    Positions after 18 hours: 1 Audi #1 2 Porsche #20 3 Audi #2 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Ligier-Nissan #35

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 19)

    #2 Audi pushing hard

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - While the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro was able to further extend its lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours, car #2 put the second-placed Porsche under pressure.

    With consistently fast lap times Marcel Fässler managed to considerably reduce the gap to car #20. Following the driver change, André Lotterer continued the recovery in the #2 R18. At 10:00, the German was trailing Timo Bernhard in the Porsche by just a little more than a lap.

    Positions after 19 hours: 1 Audi #1 2 Porsche #20 3 Audi #2 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Ligier-Nissan #35

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 20)

    New fastest race lap for André Lotterer
    #1 Audi enlarges advantage


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - The #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro continued chasing the second-placed #20 Porsche with impressive lap times.

    Shortly after 10:00, André Lotterer managed to overtake Timo Bernhard, pushing himself back onto the same lap. The Audi driver snatched an average of five seconds per lap from the #20 Porsche - including a new fastest race lap (3m 22.881s on lap 299). At 11:00, the #2 R18 was only lacking 2m 02s for second place.

    Marc Gené handed the leading #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro over to Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen, who managed to extend the advantage over the second-placed Porsche to two laps.

    Positions after 20 hours: 1 Audi #1 2 Porsche #20 3 Audi #2 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Rebellin-Toyota #12

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 21)

    Turbocharger change on #1 Audi
    Audi in positions two and three


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - A turbocharger change cost Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen the lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours. After 21 hours, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were running in positions two and three.

    The world’s most famous endurance race is marked by suspense and drama galore: Tom Kristensen had extended the lead in the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro to two laps when he was forced to head for the pits for a change of the turbocharger. The Audi Sport Team Joest squad changed the charger in just 17 minutes and 36 seconds. In spite of this, car number ‘1’ dropped to third place. Gap: three laps.

    André Lotterer at the wheel of the #2 R18 continued his recovery, drove another fastest lap (3m 22.567s) and reduced the gap to the now leading #20 Porsche to a little more than a minute.

    Positions after 21 hours: 1 Porsche #20 2 Audi #2 3 Audi #1 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Rebellion-Toyota #12

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 22)

    Lead change: #2 Audi in P1
    #1 Audi continues in P3


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - On lap 340, the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro captured the lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours. After 22 hours, the second Audi, car #1, was running in third place.

    High suspense for the finale of the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. At the end of the 22nd hour of the race, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were running in positions one and three. Both car #2 and car #1 merely pitted for refueling.

    Positions after 22 hours: 1 Audi #2 2 Porsche #20 3 Audi #1 4 Toyota #8 5 Porsche #14 6 Rebellion-Toyota #12

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 23)

    One-two lead for Audi at the end of the 23rd hour

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - At the end of the 23rd race hour, the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars occupied the two top positions.

    On lap 349, the #1 Audi took second place in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. The #2 Audi maintained its commanding lead. In the 23rd hour, a scheduled driver change was made, André Lotterer handed over the leading #2 Audi after a quadruple stint to Benoît Tréluyer, in the #1 Audi Lucas di Grassi switched to Tom Kristensen.

    Positions after 23 hours: 1 Audi #2 2 Audi #1 3 Toyota #8 4 Porsche #14 5 Porsche #20 6 Rebellion-Toyota #12

    +++||+++

    Le Mans 24 Hours - Race Facts (Hour 24)

    One-two victory for Audi in 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours
    Winners in #2 Audi: Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer
    #1 Audi (Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené, Tom Kristensen) in second place


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - A one-two triumph for Audi in the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. After 379 laps, the #2 Audi with a three-lap advantage crossed the finish line together with the ‘sister car.’

    The Frenchman Benoît Tréluyer had the honor of driving the victorious #2 Audi across the finish line after 24 hours as the winner, closely trailed by the second-placed #1 Audi with Tom Kristensen at the wheel. In the final hour of the race, merely routine stops were on the agenda again. This marks Audi’s 13th triumph in 16 runs at Le Mans.

    Result after 24 hours: 1 Audi #2 2 Audi #1 3 Toyota #8 4 Rebellion-Toyota #12 5 Zytek-Nissan #38 6 Oreca-Nissan #46

    +++||+++

    Triumph at Le Mans: Audi defeats Porsche and Toyota

    Audi takes one-two win in world’s most important endurance race
    13th success for Audi in 16 runs at Le Mans
    Rupert Stadler: "A fantastic achievement by the whole squad"


    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - In front of nearly 300,000 spectators, Audi continued its unique string of victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the 82nd running of the world’s most important endurance race, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) and Lucas di Grassi/Marc Gené/Tom Kristensen (BR/E/DK) made for a one-two Audi victory.

    It marked the 13th Le Mans success for the brand with the four rings in only 16 runs - and may have been the most valuable one to date, as Audi Sport Team Joest prevailed against massive competition by Le Mans returnee Porsche and Toyota in an extremely tough race that was completely open for a long time. The decision in favor of the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars was only made in the final phase.

    "We’ve seen many exciting races and celebrated great victories at Le Mans but this success has a very special significance," said Professor Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, following the triumphant finish by the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars. "We didn’t enter this race as favorites and in Porsche and Toyota had two very strong rivals. That we managed to win Le Mans again this time in spite of this is a fantastic achievement by the whole Audi squad. We’re tremendously happy and my thanks go to all who have made this success possible."

    "The new Le Mans regulations place an even greater focus on the efficiency of the race cars at Le Mans than before," said Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, who as Board Member for Technical Development is responsible for the motorsport program of AUDI AG. "In the TDI, the world’s most efficient drive technology has prevailed at Le Mans yet again. At the same time, with our successful first use of the laser light, we continued our string of technological pioneering achievements at Le Mans. I’d like to thank everybody who has worked extremely hard for this success, above all of course the Audi Sport squad."

    For Audi, the Le Mans 24 Hours was billed as ‘Welcome Challenges’ - and there were plenty of them in the 82nd running of the famous endurance race for the brand with the four rings. Following a serious accident of Loïc Duval in Wednesday’s free practice, Audi Sport Team Joest had to prepare the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in record time again from scratch and to replace Loïc Duval with Marc Gené. That this team was on course for victory on Sunday morning says everything about the feat performed by the mechanics. However, in the end, the change of an injector and a turbocharger narrowly prevented this fairy tale from coming true. With a gap of three laps Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené and Tom Kristensen took second place.

    Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer took the lead for the first time on Sunday morning, shortly after 5 a.m., after having put consistent pressure throughout the night on the Toyota that had been leading for a long time. As the turbocharger had to be changed on their R18 as well, car #2 temporarily dropped to third place before moving back to the front in a remarkable recovery during which André Lotterer also set the fastest race lap of 3m 22.567s.

    Major misfortune was suffered by the squad of the third Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis. Following a strong early phase, car number ‘3’ during a safety car period in pouring rain, was hit in the rear at high speed by a GT Ferrari on the Hunaudières straight. The powertrain of the R18 was so heavily damaged in the incident that Marco Bonanomi was forced to retire after just an hour and a half.

    In the hectic first hours, the fascinating Le Mans prototypes of Audi, Porsche and Toyota were fighting captivating duels on the Le Mans high-speed circuit that kept the spectators in awe. The fans experienced one of the most gripping races in Le Mans history until noon on Sunday. The decision in favor of Audi was only made in the penultimate hour.

    "It was a race of the kind you can only experience at Le Mans," said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "There were many incidents and none of the top cars made it across the distance without any problems. The decisive factors were that our Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were able to drive consistently fast for 24 hours, our drivers made no mistakes and our squad responded properly and quickly to the issues that occurred. In Porsche and Toyota we had two really strong rivals who, as expected, did not make life easy for us. I always believed that, in spite of the particularly difficult prerequisites for us this year, we’d be able to succeed and that we’ve got the most efficient race car. That we succeeded again makes me feel proud. ‘Thanks’ also from me to the whole squad, but to our Management Board and our Group as well that make it possible for us to demonstrate ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ at le Mans year after year. But I also express my respect for the performance delivered by Porsche on their return to Le Mans."

    For Audi, this marked the 13th victory in the ‘24 Heures,’ the eighth one with TDI Power and the third one with a hybrid race car. The team of Reinhold Joest celebrated its 15th success in the world’s most important endurance race. Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, after 2011 and 2012, achieved their third Le Mans triumph.

    +++||+++

    Quotes following Audi’s triumph at Le Mans

    Ingolstadt/Le Mans, June 15, 2014 - Audi achieved an impressive one-two victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in front of 263,300 spectators. Quotes after the brand’s 13th Le Mans triumph.

    ---

    Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): "This was no doubt one of the most thrilling and action-packed races at Le Mans. For us, it was also one of the most difficult ones and that’s why, in my personal ranking of emotions, it takes one of the top spots. The whole week was a period of many highs and lows for us. And during the 24 hours every car was running in front at least once. In the first two thirds of the race, it was our rivals and in the final third we worked our way towards the front. This can only be achieved with a very special team performance. The combination of an efficient concept and a team of strong drivers, who extract the best from it - that was the key to success."

    ---

    Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): "The initial concept for the new R18 was created two years ago and for the past nine months we’ve been intensively testing the car. To have reached the aim now, to have overcome all the hurdles and to be on top of the podium is obviously the greatest thing for all of us. Anyone who’s watched the whole race can appreciate the amount of energy that had to be put into this effort. I’m proud of the whole squad."

    ---

    Ralf Juttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): "This was an exceptional race. Everybody was leading some of the time, pitted for repairs, some retired - this race really offered a lot. And in the end, the best cars with the best drivers and the strongest teams won. Thank you very much guys! Everybody could see how hard they worked and how fast they prepared a completely new car. What nobody saw was the work they did in the past months, which was a whole lot more. All my thanks go to them."

    ---

    Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): "A brilliant race for us, but also one with many highs and lows for all the crews and manufacturers. The spectators saw a spectacular race in which the tables kept turning and that was unpredictable and thrilling through to the final hours. We were within striking distance for a long time, then led the race, and then lost ground again. In the end, fortune was on our side. Not only because of the perfect result but also because of the premiere according to the new regulations, Le Mans 2014 was a milestone for Audi."
    ---
    André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): "This was a fantastic day for us following some very stressful weeks for the whole Audi squad. The race started well and the spectators saw a great battle between all three manufacturers. When an Audi retired, we chased Toyota as a duo. After our rivals had a problem, the way seemed to be clear. Then we had a problem. But our mechanics never lost their motivation and very quickly changed the turbocharger. They know Le Mans and what needs to be done."
    ---
    Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): "I’m overjoyed after this incredible race. There was so much happening and lots of ups and downs. But our team spirit always remained intact. We all felt so sorry about the accident of car number ‘3.’ We subsequently took the lead until we had some problems. When car number ‘1’ was running in front we were sure they’d make it. ‘It’s your turn to win the trophy for Audi,’ we said to them. When they got problems, Tom Kristensen said to us, ’Now it’s your turn.’ There was a nice, positive atmosphere between both driver squads throughout. ‘Thank you’ to the whole team, to our engineer Leena (Gade) and to my fellow drivers."

    ---

    Marc Gené (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): "When I arrived at Le Mans I had victory in the LMP2 category in the back of my mind. But with all due respect: a podium place in the LMP1 class is obviously a lot more overwhelming. Everything came as such a surprise for me. And of course I also spent some thought on whether my performance was right. But Tom (Kristensen), Lucas (di Grassi) and the whole team gave me great help. Even victory would have been possible for us. But I’m overjoyed with this result as well."
    ---
    Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): "What a race! I can’t recall when I last experienced such an exciting car race - neither at Le Mans nor anywhere else. Our week with the accident of Loïc (Duval) got us off to a really bad start. The mechanics had to prepare a completely new car so that the qualifying session was just a rollout for us. Then we clearly led the race three hours before the end and the tables suddenly turned again. Even though we’re a bit saddened in the end: this is my second podium in my second Le Mans race, Audi has won and everybody has been rewarded for their hard work."
    ---
    Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): "This race was simply incredible - and that goes for our whole squad. We arrived at Le Mans with a good car. Then we lost a car right at the beginning of the week and Loïc Duval retired. We had to change all our plans. Everybody was telling us that our car would no longer be in contention in the race. The guys prepared everything again from scratch overnight. Then we started the race with Marc Gené as our new team-mate. In the rain, it was a very turbulent beginning. Then we made up ground until an injector had to be changed at night. This was followed by a puncture and subsequently we were leading the race. Our advantage was huge. We just had to reach the finish but then we had a new problem. So we were back in third place but in the end finished in second. We can be proud of this. It was like in a fairy tale and they don’t always have perfect endings. For Audi, on the other hand, the outcome of the race was perfect. This week, we’ve experienced the full range of emotions. Unbelievable!"

    ---

    Filipe Albuquerque (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): "Marco (Bonanomi) drove fantastically. That was a good foretaste of what would have been possible for our car today. I’m sure that we’d have been in contention at the front through to the very end. It’s almost tragic: one minute everything’s okay and in the next it’s all over. When the rain set in somebody hit Marco - he had no chance. This is how tough Le Mans can be."
    ---
    Marco Bonanomi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): "I feel incredibly sorry, especially for my two team-mates and the whole squad. Everybody gave everything for success for a whole year during the preparation - and now it was over for us so early. We had the potential to clinch a really good result. I had no chance in the accident. I drove slowly in the heavy rain in order to take no risk on slicks. The situation with the Toyota turned out okay but then the Ferrari drove into my car - that meant the end of my race and unfortunately also for our Audi."
    ---
    Oliver Jarvis (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): "I’m incredibly disappointed. Not just for me but, most of all, for the whole squad. Many people only see these days here at Le Mans - but preparations that last nearly a whole year are behind this event. I’m sure that today we’d have had a chance for victory too - that makes the retirement through no fault of our own an especially bitter pill following such a strong performance by Marco (Bonanomi)."

    JUMP STATION/POWER SEARCH
    Use the form below to navigate the entire site. This covers ALL articles by ALL contributors...
    comments powered by Disqus
    #F1 News: Caterham says it's staying, Ferrari threatens to quit 14/06/2014 7:07am

    #F1 News: Caterham says it's staying, Ferrari threatens to quit

    GMMf1NET

    June 14th 2014

    Jun.14 (GMM) From either end of the F1 grid, teams ended the working week by sending out very different signals about their respective futures. Read More...

    #F1 News: Times - WEC, LMP1, Round 3, Le Mans, Qualifying 2

    Session Times

    June 13th 2014

    Qualifying results Read More...

    OFFICIAL #WEC Report: Porsche - WEC, LMP1, Round 3, Le Mans, Qualifying 2

    www.porsche.com

    June 13th 2014

    Porsche 919 Hybrid on front row for 24- Hours. Read More...

    OFFICIAL #WEC Report: Audi - WEC, LMP1, Round 3, Le Mans, Qualifying 2

    www.audi.com

    June 13th 2014

    Le Mans: No. 1 Audi R18 e- tron quattro ready to run again. Audi in grid positions five, six and seven. Audi wins race before the race. Loïc Duval released from hospital. Read More...

    More