The Le Mans 24-hour race is one of the most prestigious sporting events on the sporting calendar, and this year’s event was one of the most dramatic in recent memory.
Audi has recently been one of the dominant forces in World Endurance racing and in this year’s event, it continued its fantastic form since its first entry in the top echelon in 1999.
For the 18th year in a row, Audi Motorsport was able to claim a podium position, despite only running two cars instead of the more usual three or four.
With the lead changing hands on the last lap, the #8 Audi car of Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis took third place to preserve this fantastic streak of form.
After the race had started under the safety car for the first time in the race’s history, the #7 Audi of André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer took an early lead and were impressive in the first couple of hours, before an unfortunate turbocharger problem forced a change of the unit, and this dropped them down the field.
The new R18 endurance cars were pushed to the max through the night, with the #8 car keeping pace with the leading competitors and staying within two laps for most of the race.
However, a late change of brakes for both cars saw the gap increase a little, but both cars were able to finish the gruelling race. Netting third and fourth place overall, it was another great team performance by the Audi Motorsport team, who performed with incredible consistency.