Despite an improving Toyota team and a new challenger in Porsche, Audi has once again taken the checkered flat at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 13th win for the brand, it’s Audi’s 5th consecutive win and its 13th win in 15 years.
Audi is the second winningest brand at Le Mans, surpassed only by Porsche with 16 wins.
Benoit Treluyer piloted the No. 2 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro across the finish line after 379 laps shared with co-drivers Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer.
Audi car No. 1 made it a one-two victory for the brand, taking the second spot on the podium. The car suffered a spectacular crash in practice, with driver Loic Duval being forced to step aside and be replaced by Marc Gené. He shared the car with Tom Kristensen Lucas Di Grassi.
In third was the No. 8 Toyota driven by Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi. Toyota car No. 7 held a lead for a long period of the race but retired late Saturday night due to electrical issues. With many laps under it’s belt it managed to hold on to a 40th position overall.
Porsche’s return to the top tier of Le Mans racing was far from flawless with both cars suffering from issues, and finishing in 37th and 38th places overall.