Audi Rules 24 Hours of Le Man and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Spots with Diesel-Hybrid R18 e-tron
For the last 13 years and for second consecutive year Audi ruled over the chequered flag at the much famed Le Mans 24 hours endurance race. The 11th time victory was bagged with drivers Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) behind the wheel of the R18 e-tron quattro.
Its really significant that Audi win at the Sarthe circuit as it was a first for a diesel-hybrid car. In 2011, Audi had won the supremacy with a diesel model.
Some early mishaps from the chief rival Toyota, gave the two R18 e-tron quattro diesel-hybrids and the two conventionally diesel-powered R18s an edge in the race with the German brand occupying positions one (R18 e-tron), two (R18 e-tron), three (R18 Ultra) and five (R18 Ultra).
“By achieving this further success at the world’s most important endurance race our engineers demonstrated their high technological expertise in a particularly impressive way,” Audi board member Rupert Stadler reacted to the achievement.
He adds,“With the e-tron quattro in combination with ultra-lightweight design, we put a completely new technology on the grid and immediately won with it – this cannot be taken for granted by any means, particularly here at Le Mans.”
The top six had the No.12 Rebellion Racing Lola Toyota of Neel Jani-Nicolas Prost-Nick Heidfeld that could save fourth place and the No.22 JRM Motorsport HPD ARX-03a of David Brabham, Peter Dumbreck and Karun Chandhok that finished in sixth.