Porsche Dethrones Audi at 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Porsche Dethrones Audi at 24 Hours of Le Mans

The Porsche 919 Hybrid has ended Audi’s five-year winning streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The number-19 Porsche 919 Hybrid gave the German automaker a record 17th victory at Le Mans, just one year after returning to the sport. The last time Porsche claimed victory at Le Mans was in 1998.

German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg crossed the finish line first at the 24-hour endurance race with the number-17 Porsche piloted by Mark Webber coming right behind in second. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro came in third, unable to overcome the reliability and power of the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

SEE ALSO: Porsche 919 Hybrid Sets Le Mans Qualifying Record

After setting a new Le Mans qualifying record, all the attention was put on the Porsche race cars for this year’s event. Although the lead alternated back and forth between Audi and Porsche throughout the race, the Audi race cars were held back due to reliability issues, leading to a number of unscheduled pit stops. The number-7 Audi race car finished two laps behind the lead Porsche and a lap behind the second-place Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Check out a video that Porsche released, celebrating its first 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in over a decade below.

  • smartacus

    can’t believe how fast things are changing ever since Ferdinand Piech left