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    Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

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    After 2011 and 2012, the German and French drivers won together for the third time. They were ahead of the sister car of Di Grassi-Kristensen-Genι and the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Davidson-Lapierre-Buemi, pushed to the back of the ranking after its incident in the rain shower at the beginning of the race.

    In the LM P2 class, the Ligier JS P2 made a big impression in its first race competition. That of the French team, Thiriet by TDS Racing, driven by Ludovic Badey-Pierre Thiriet-Tristan Gommendy, didn't play out until the very last hours of the race, with a gap of barely 20 seconds, against the No. 38 Zytek of Harry Tincknell-Oliver Turvey-Simon Dolan (Jota Sport), that finished fifth overall. The Alpine A450B of Nelson Panciatici-Oliver Webb-Paul Loup Chatain rounded out the podium.

    As to the GTs, two road legends share the spoils: Ferrari in LM GTE Pro, thanks to Gianmaria Bruni-Giancarlo Fisichella-Toni Vilander (No. 51 458 Italia, AF Corse), and Aston Martin in LM GTE Am, with at the wheel David Heinemeier Hansson-Kristian Poulsen-Nicki Thiim (No. 51 Vantage, Aston Martin Racing).

    2014 Le Mans 24: WEC Final Race Results
    1. Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer GER Audi Sport Joest R18 e-tron 379 Laps LMP1
    2. Kristensen/Gene/di Grassi GER Audi Sport Joest R18 e-tron 376 Laps LMP1
    3. Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi JPN Toyota TS040 Hybrid 373 Laps LMP1
    4. Prost/Heidfeld/Beche SUI Rebellion R-ONE Toyota 359 Laps LMP1
    5. Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey GBR Jota Zytek Z11SN Nissan 355 Laps LMP2
    6. Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy FRA Thiriet by TDS Ligier JS Nissan 355 Laps LMP2
    7. Panciatici/Webb/Chatin FRA Signatech Alpine A450b Nissan 355 Laps LMP2
    8. Rast/Charouz/Capillaire FRA Sebastien Loeb Oreca 03 Nissan 354 Laps LMP2
    9. Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy FRA OAK Ligier JS Nissan 354 Laps LMP2
    10. Klien/Hirsch/Brandela SUI Newblood Morand Morgan Judd 352 Laps LMP2
    11. Cheng/Tung/Fong FRA OAK Asia Ligier JS Honda 347 Laps LMP2
    12. Lancaster/Mailleux/Frey SUI Race Performance Oreca 03 Judd 342 Laps LMP2
    13. Ragues/Taylor/Ihara FRA Larbre Morgan Judd 340 Laps LMP2
    148. Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia 339 Laps GTE Pro
    15. Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet C7 R 338 Laps GTE Pro
    16. Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz GER Porsche Team Manthay 911 337 Laps GTE Pro
    17. Schell/Leutwiler/Roussel GER Pegasus Morgan Nissan 336 Laps LMP2
    18. Poulsen/Heinemeier/Thiim GBR Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 334 Laps GTE Am
    19. Gavin/Milner/Westbrook USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet C7 R 333 Laps GTE Pro
    20. Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi GER Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 332 Laps GTE Am
    21. Perez/Cioci/Venturi ITA AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia 331 Laps GTE Am
    22. Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti USA 8 Star Ferrari F458 Italia 330 Laps GTE Am
    23. Dempsey/Long/Foster GER Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 329 Laps GTE Am
    24. Kimber-Smith/McMurry/Dyson MAL Caterham Zytek Z11SN Nissan 329 Laps LMP2
    25. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard GBR Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 329 Laps GTE Am
    26. Al-Faisal/Neiman/Pumpelly GBR JMW Ferrari F458 Italia 327 Laps GTE Am
    27. Nakano/Ehret/Rich JPN Taisan Ferrari F458 Italia 327 Laps GTE Am
    28. Barthez/Pons/Ayari FRA Sofrev ASP Ferrari F458 Italia 325 Laps GTE Am
    29. Krohn/Jonsson/Collins USA Krohn Ferrari F458 Italia 324 Laps GTE Am
    30. Narac/Armindo/Hallyday FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 323 Laps GTE Am
    31. Mowlem/Patterson/Hamilton GBR Ram Racing Ferrari F458 Italia 319 Laps GTE Am
    32. MacNeil/Curtis/Bleekemolen BEL Prospeed Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 319 GTE Am
    33. Maris/Merlin/Helary FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 317 Laps GTE Am
    34. Turner/Mucke/Senna GBR Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 310 Laps GTE Pro
    35. Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy GER Porsche Team Manthay 911 309 Laps GTE Pro
    36. Ladygin/Zlobin/Salo RUS SMP Oreca 03 Nissan 303 Laps LMP2
    37. Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank ITA AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia 295 Laps GTE Am

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    38. Dumas/Jani/Lieb GER Porsche 919 Hybrid 348 Laps LMP1
    39. Webber/Hartley/Bernhard GER Porsche 919 Hybrid 346 Laps LMP1
    40. Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima JPN Toyota TS040 Hybrid 219 Laps LMP1
    41. Bertolini/Shaitar/Basov RUS SMP Ferrari F458 Italia 196 Laps GTE Am
    42. Palttala/Collard/Perrodo BEL Prospeed Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 194 Laps GTE Am
    43. Parente/Griffin/Leo GBR Ram Racing Ferrari 458 Italia 140 Laps GTE Pro
    44. Rusinov/Pla/Canal RUS G-Drive Morgan Nissan 120 Laps LMP2
    45. Mann/Giammaria/Case ITA AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia 115 Laps GTE Am
    46. Howson/Bradley/Imperatori HKG KCMG Oreca 03 Nissan 87 Laps LMP2
    47. Berthon/Gonzalez/Chandhok IRL Murphy Oreca 03 Nissan 73 Laps LMP2
    48. Leimer/Belicchi/Kraihamer SUI Rebellion Lola B/12 Toyota 73 Laps LMP1
    49. Munemann/Latif/Winslow GBR Greaves Zytek Z11SN Nissan 31 Laps LMP2
    50. Rigon/Kaffer/Beretta ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia 28 Laps GTE Pro
    51. Albuquerque/Bonanomi/Jarvis GER Audi Sport Joest R18 e-tron 25 Laps LMP1
    52. Wyatt/Rugolo/Bird ITA AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia 22 Laps GTE Am
    53. Minassian/Ladygin/Mediani RUS SMP Oreca 03 Nissan 9 Laps LMP2
    54. Ordonez/Reip/Motoyama JPN Nissan Motorsports ZEOD RC 5 Laps Garage 56


    Nice competitive fight from Porsche 919 hybrid...too bad it finished 1+ hour before the end of the race. Also good fight from Toyota.
    Also some interesting info from 24h-lemans.com
    THEY HAVE WON LE MANS

    Alfa Romeo – Aston Martin – Audi – Bentley – BMW – Bugatti – Ferrari – Ford– Jaguar– Matra – Mazda –McLaren – Mercedes – Peugeot – Porsche – Renault...


    It seems almost every major manufacturer have won Lemans..well...almost.

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    Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi diesels claims one-two after dramatic race

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    Audi took a one-two finish in a dramatic Le Mans 24 Hours where all seven factory LMP1 cars hit trouble at various times.

    Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer led home the sister car of Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and Marc Gene, as Audi won a battle of attrition against Toyota and Porsche for overall honours.

    Both leading Audis suffered turbo dramas on Sunday morning, which handed Porsche's #20 car of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard an opportunity to fight for victory, putting the 919 Hybrid into the lead with just three hours to go.

    But the #20 car was no match for the pace of a recovering Lotterer in the #2 Audi, and the R18 e-tron quattro had already taken the lead when Webber slowed from second towards the end of the 22nd hour.

    The Porsche's problems allowed the #1 Audi, in which Kristensen had appeared to be en route to a 10th Le Mans as the race passed the 20 hour mark before requiring a turbo change, to recover to second place, three laps down.

    The #8 Toyota crew of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi salvaged an unlikely podium finish once both Porsches (#14 stopping late-on with a gearbox problem, but rejoining to take the chequered flag) were forced into the garage, but that was scant reward for a race that the Japanese manufacturer controlled for more than half of its duration.

    While the #8 car was ruled out of contention for victory when Lapierre crashed heavily during a rain storm early on (an incident that also accounted for the retirement of the third Audi with Marco Bonanomi at the wheel), the polesitting #7 car was seemingly unassailable out front.

    The #2 Audi put up a fight to the leading Toyota during the night, but the gap was always above one minute.

    Nakajima, having taken over from Stephane Sarrazin, was extending the lead early into his stint when the TS040 HYBRID stopped on track with an electrical problem - robbing Toyota of the victory it desperately craved.

    JOTA WINS HARD-FOUGHT LMP2 BATTLE

    Jota Sport won a closely-fought LMP2 category with its Zytek-Nissan Z11SN.

    Harry Tincknell, sharing with Simon Dolan and Oliver Turvey, had led the class early on after passing the polesitting #46 TDS Ligier but the car fell down the class order during the rain-induced early chaos.

    But as the race progressed, it recovered and with Turvey at the wheel, jumped the Ligier at the penultimate pitstop.

    Tristan Gommendy had led LMP2 heading into the final hour, but TDS had to pit for new tyres and a driver change at its penultimate stop having earlier lost time in the 21st hour with a puncture and resulting suspension damage.

    When Turvey made his stop, he did not have to take tyres and continued in the car, emerging just ahead of the Ligier now driven by Ludovic Badey.

    Although Badey had a tyre advantage, Turvey pulled away and never looked like losing victory.

    The #36 Signatech Alpine ORECA of Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin and Oliver Webb finished third and spent time in the class lead, but lost time after suffering a front-left upright failure.

    But the G-Drive-branded, OAK Racing-run #35 Ligier was the star turn in LMP2, leading the race and building up a comfortable lead before losing time first with a broken rear brake disc and then a loss of power.

    The car, driven by Alex Brundle, Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shultzhitskiy, had salvaged fourth place but a late puncture meant it dropped to fifth behind the #24 Sebastien Loeb Racing ORECA.

    The #47 KCMG ORECA climbed from seventh on the grid to lead during the first stint in the hands of Alexandre Imperatori.

    After losing time with an off during the early-race rain when Richard Bradley aquaplaned off and hit a stack of tyres, the car crashed on the run out of the Porsche Curves as a result of a driveshaft failure.

    The #48 Murphy Prototypes ORECA also showed strongly, but Karun Chandok aquaplaned off on the Mulsanne Straight in the rain and was collected by the #41 Greaves Zytek and later retired from the race with a steering problem.

    FERRARI TAKES GTE VICTORY

    The AF Corse Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander took a comfortable victory in the GTE category, after its early rivals faltered.

    Bruni, who had qualified the 458 Italia on pole, crossed the line two laps clear of the leading Corvette C7.R, which overcame a safety car delay and a broken air jack in the pits to defeat the leading Manthey Porsche in the fight for second.

    Frederic Makowiecki held the place in the closing stages in the #92 911 RSR he shared with Marco Holzer and Richard Lietz, but was delayed in his penultimate pitstop and dropped behind the Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen/Jordan Taylor #73 C7.R.

    The sister Corvette finished fourth, frustrated after its early challenge for the lead in the hands of Oliver Gavin, Richard Westbrook and Tommy Milner was derailed by overnight alternator issues.

    A power steering hose issue helped consign the long-time race leading Vantage of Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Bruno Senna to 19th overall in GTE, 27 laps down on the winning Ferrari, but AMR's #95 car claimed the spoils in GTE Am.

    Aston had looked set for a one-two in the Pro-Am division, with Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Christoffer Nygaard making the early running in the #98 car.

    When their car was hit by the same power-steering issues that afflicted the Pro entry, the #95 car - which comprised Kristian Poulsen, David Heinemeier-Hansson and Nicki Thiim - moved ahead, surviving a late power issue and brief spell in the garage to comfortably defeat the #88 Proton Competition Porsche and #61 AF Ferrari.

    POSITIONS AFTER 24 HOURS

    Pos Cl Car Drivers Laps Gap
    1. LMP1 #2 Audi Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer 379
    2. LMP1 #1 Audi Di Grassi/Gene/Kristensen 376 + 3 Laps
    3. LMP1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi 374 + 5 Laps
    4. LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost/Heidfeld/Beche 360 + 19 Laps
    5. LMP2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey 356 + 23 Laps
    6. LMP2 #46 Ligier Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy 355 + 24 Laps
    7. LMP2 #36 Alpine Chatin/Panciatici/Webb 355 + 2m36.427s
    8. LMP2 #24 Oreca Rast/Charouz/Capillaire 354 + 25 Laps
    9. LMP2 #35 Ligier Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy 354 + 1m47.751s
    10. LMP2 #43 Morgan Klien/Hirsch/Brandela 352 + 27 Laps
    11. LMP2 #33 Ligier Cheng/Tung/Fong 347 + 32 Laps
    12. LMP2 #34 Oreca Frey/Mailleux/Lancaster 342 + 37 Laps
    13. GTEP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella 339 + 40 Laps
    14. GTEP #73 Chevrolet Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 338 + 41 Laps
    15. GTEP #92 Porsche Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz 337 + 42 Laps
    16. LMP2 #29 Morgan Schell/Leutwiller/Roussel 336 + 43 Laps
    17. GTEA #95 Aston Poulsen/Heinemeier-Hansson/Thiim 334 + 45 Laps
    18. GTEP #74 Chevrolet Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 333 + 46 Laps
    19. GTEA #88 Porsche Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi 332 + 47 Laps
    20. GTEA #61 Ferrari Perez-Companc/Cioci/Venturi 331 + 48 Laps
    21. GTEA #90 Ferrari Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti 330 + 49 Laps
    22. GTEA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 329 + 50 Laps
    23. LMP2 #42 Zytek Kimber-Smith/McMurry/Dyson 329 + 4.355s
    24. GTEA #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard 329 + 42.976s
    25. GTEA #66 Ferrari Al Faisal/Neiman/Pumpelly 327 + 52 Laps
    26. GTEA #70 Ferrari Nakano/Ehret/Rich 327 + 1m40.086s
    27. GTEA #58 Ferrari Barthez/Pons/Ayari 325 + 54 Laps
    28. GTEA #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Collins 324 + 55 Laps
    29. GTEA #76 Porsche Narac/Armindo/Hallyday 323 + 56 Laps
    30. GTEA #53 Ferrari Mowlem/Patterson/Hamilton 319 + 60 Laps
    31. GTEP #79 Porsche MacNeil/Curtis/Bleekemolen 319 + 1m16.511s
    32. GTEA #67 Porsche Maris/Merlin/Helary 317 + 62 Laps
    33. GTEP #97 Aston Turner/Mucke/Senna 310 + 69 Laps
    34. GTEP #91 Porsche Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy 309 + 70 Laps
    35. LMP2 #27 Oreca Zlobin/Salo/Ladygin 303 + 76 Laps
    36. GTEA #62 Ferrari Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank 295 + 84 Laps
    37. LMP1 #14 Porsche Dumas/Jani/Lieb 348 + 31 Laps
    38. LMP1 #20 Porsche Bernhard/Webber/Hartley 346 + 33 Laps
    39. LMP2 #50 Morgan Ragues/Taylor/Ihara 341 + 38 Laps
    40. LMP1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima 219 Retired
    41. GTEA #72 Ferrari Bertolini/Shaitar/Basov 196 Retired
    42. GTEA #75 Porsche Perrodo/Collard/Palttala 194 Retired
    43. GTEP #52 Ferrari Griffin/Parente/Leo 140 Retired
    44. LMP2 #26 Morgan Rusinov/Pla/Canal 120 Retired
    45. GTEA #60 Ferrari Mann/Case/Giammaria 115 Retired
    46. LMP2 #47 Oreca Howson/Bradley/Imperatori 87 Retired
    47. LMP1 #13 Rebellion Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer 73 Retired
    48. LMP2 #48 Oreca Berthon/Gonzalez/Chandhok 73 Retired
    49. LMP2 #41 Zytek Munemman/Latif/Winslow 31 Retired
    50. GTEP #71 Ferrari Rigon/Kaffer/Beretta 28 Retired
    51. LMP1 #3 Audi Albuquerque/Bonanomi/Jarvis 25 Retired
    52. GTEA #81 Ferrari Wyatt/Rugolo/Bird 22 Retired
    53. LMP2 #37 Oreca Ladygin/Minassian/Mediani 9 Retired
    54. CDNT #0 Nissan Ordonez/Reip/Motoyama 5 Retired

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    Audi car No1 was smashed to a million bits in qualifying, Audi Engineers manage to assemble a new car over night using a new shell and lot of boxes component parts, qualify and finished 2nd in the race, which l thought was absolutely amazing.



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    Re: Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi diesels claims one-two after dramatic race

    hehe..old story

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    Re: Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi diesels claims one-two after dramatic race

    Quote Originally Posted by asrapid1 View Post
    hehe..old story
    LOL Oooops sorry about that ole chap you beat me to it, please delete my thread.
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    Re: Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Hats off to Audi diesels another 1-2 win. 5 Audi diesel wins on a trot before it was interrupted by a Pug diesel Le Mans winner.

    Audi car No1 was smashed to a million bits in qualifying, Audi Engineers manage to assemble a new car over night using a new shell and lot of boxes component parts, qualify and finished 2nd in the race, which l thought was absolutely amazing. It's a shame the No1 Audi did not win, the Audi Engineers triumphed over adversity Audi car No1 was the real race winner, even though it only came in 2nd.

    Zero complete total wreck in qualifying to Hero 2nd in race and finishes on the podium.


    Nothing quite matches or beats the awesome sound of a nice Corvette doing Le Man though.
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    Re: Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Corvette Racing doesn't accept 2nd place but it's still a pretty impressive run considering a couple issue. Not to mention, the C7R is new and has never been tested for 24 hrs. I'm sure the racing team learned a lot and they'll be primed for winning next year.

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    Re: Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Those engineers from Audi were amazing... Looking at the race results there are a lot of Nissan engines in LMP2. Also can't find any Judd engine in LMP1? I think i've read they are developing new 4.x l v8 for LMP1. Rumors are Nissan could enter LMP1 class next year.
    I wonder could a v6 indy engine be adopted for LMP1 class.. i think honda did adopt a indy engine for LMP2 class.

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    Re: Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Quote Originally Posted by CaddyLac10 View Post
    Corvette Racing doesn't accept 2nd place but it's still a pretty impressive run considering a couple issue. Not to mention, the C7R is new and has never been tested for 24 hrs. I'm sure the racing team learned a lot and they'll be primed for winning next year.
    LM GTE Pro is real cars the only race at Le Mans that interests me, Corvette led for most of the race shows it can beat the best that Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche had to offer, it shows Corvettes are the very best cars in the world at this moment in time..
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    Re: Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldsmobile stopped View Post
    LM GTE Pro is real cars the only race at Le Mans that interests me, Corvette led for most of the race shows it can beat the best that Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche had to offer, it shows Corvettes are the very best cars in the world at this moment in time..
    I agree. However, I feel that the LMP1 cars are becoming very relevant at this time with their hybrid powertrains. The race to road application is really starting to show itself.

    Cadillac should get back in LMP1 to develop and promote Voltec and it wouldn't just benefit Cadillac; it would benefit the entire company from an R&D perspective.

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    Re: Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldsmobile stopped View Post
    LM GTE Pro is real cars the only race at Le Mans that interests me, Corvette led for most of the race shows it can beat the best that Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche had to offer, it shows Corvettes are the very best cars in the world at this moment in time..

    The fact that they lost shows they are the very best cars in the world?? That's some next-level fanboy logic there.

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    Re: Le Mans 2014 – Audi claims its 13th victory after a nail-biting race!

    Hats off to Audi for their win. Porsche is a motorsports titan, but with an all new car, and in such a long race, it puts you at a disadvantage as much as an advantage. Audi was the most reliable, and is often the case in endurance racing, reliability wins, not outright speed. It was good practice for Toyota and Porsche though, and you can bet they'll come back harder next year. And if rumors are to be believed, Ferrari may enter the fray, as well.

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