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Audi has re-affirmed its dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, clinching its 10th overall victory at the race, with all of those titles coming in the past 12 years. Rather than the outright mastery we’ve seen in the past, the odds were against Audi this time around with two-time champ Allan McNish ending his run at the title just an hour into the race with a spectacular crash. (Watch the video here).
During the 8th hour of the race near-tragedy struck again for Audi with the No. 1 car driven by Mike Rockenfeller careening into a guardrail in an impact so violent it split the car in two. In fact, it brought out a two hour caution period as teams worked to reconstruct the track’s safety barriers.
For the next 16 hours the Audi Sport Team Joest No. 2 car driven by Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer held off a trio of diesel-powered Peugeots to take the win, with the nearest Peugeot crossing the finish line 13 seconds behind the lone Audi R18.
In the hotly contested GTEPro class, it was Corvette Racing rising to the challenge. The No. 74 Compuware Corvette C6.R took the lead in the first hour of the race and held onto it until a crash in with under six hours to go. The crash placed AF Corse’s Ferrari F458 Italia in the lead, which was then overtaken by the No. 73 Corvette with three hours to go. Driving duties were shared by Antonio Garcia, Tommy Milner and Olivier Beretta – with this latest victory at Le Mans being his sixth.
In case you missed it, check out the video of Allan McNish’s crash after the jump: