Le Mans - Audi have underlined their domination of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance
race, with their fifth successive victory and a 1-2 finish on Sunday.
prototype hybrid R18 e-tron quattro car with Frenchman Benot Treluyer,
Swiss driver Marcel Fssler and Andre Lotterer of Germany at the wheel,
came home ahead of the second Audi, driven by a team led by Danish
driver Tom Kristensen.
Third was a Toyota driven by a trio headed by Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre.
It was the German team's 13th win in total, leaving them just three behind Porsche.
Fassler and Lotterer won the race for the third time, following
successes in 2011 and 2012, thus denying Kristensen, who already holds
the record of nine race wins, the chance to reach an unprecedented
It was quite a turnaround in fortunes for the Audi teams after they suffered a series of misfortunes.
luck ran out again after he had taken the lead early on Sunday morning
when Stephane Sarrazin's Toyota was forced to retire after holding a
commanding lead for more than 10 hours, with the two Audis trailing in
The Toyota spluttered to a halt at the side of the track, victim of an electrical fault in the early hours of Sunday morning.
That handed first place to Treluyer's Audi with a three-lap advantage over its sister car.
two hours later, the leading Audi was forced to make a long stop for a
turbo change, surrendering six laps in the process and Kristensen's
Audi, the car that had to be rebuilt after a massive accident during
Wednesday's practice session, became the race's fourth leader since the
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Audi also had to
stop for more than a quarter-of-an-hour to change a turbo, a similar
fate to that which had befallen Treluyer hours earlier.
former Formula One ace Mark Webber then took the lead in his Porsche
919 hybrid, and was ahead with just three hours to go before being
forced to abandon the race with transmission problems, leaving the road
clear for the Audis.