Audi R18 Wins the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans
Audi has won the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans) endurance race with its R18 TDI. This is the 10th victory for Audi in 12 years in this sport event. German driver Andre Lotterer took the chequered flag in front of around 250,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers yesterday at the Circuit de la Sarthe race track in France. Marcel Fässler (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Benoît Tréluyer (France) were the drivers of the three Audi R18 TDIs that took part in this mega event.
This Le Mans was definitely filled with drama and excitement and was one of the best motor races that the world has witnessed. It was a close call for Audi with some initial setbacks but at the end of the day the car designated “number 2” of the Audi team beat the Peugeot car driven by Simon Pagenaud by less than 14 seconds.
The Audi motorsport team was really unfortunate in the race apart from winning as two of the three cars that participated in the race crashed but the drivers were fortunate enough to walk out unharmed, Audi competed in the last 16 hours with a single car and due to the excellent engineering and use of ultra-lightweight technology, the automaker managed to finish the race with flying colors.
The three factory Peugeots remained within seconds from the R18, but in the end the #2 R18 TDI came out as the fastest car in Le Mans. In fact Lotterer set a new fastest time record in lap 229. This is the first win for the new V6 powered R18 TDI.