Porsche claimed its 99th and 100th class wins at
Le Mans. Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas,
Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz took the GTE-Pro
title (LEFT), while Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl
Vernay and Christophe Bourret won GTE-Am.
AUDI’S RULING CLASS
Despite efforts to reduce its advantage at Le Mans, the R18 e-tron reigned supreme
The rain that drizzled down at regular
intervals – along with no fewer than
11 safety car periods – during the 90th
anniversary 24 Hours of Le Mans helped
lend a downcast atmosphere to the event.
Obviously, the death of GT racer Allan
Simonsen in the opening laps (see
appreciation, opposite) cast a pall, but the
domination of Audi’s R18 e-tron quattros
from the start of practice created an air
more of demonstration than competition.
Toyota took the fight to Audi’s diesels as
best it could with a pair of gasoline-fueled
TS030 Hybrids, but it failed to challenge on
pace, and it was reliability that allowed it to
keep the pressure on after two of the three
R18 e-trons suffered delays. However, the
remaining Audi, driven by Tom Kristensen,
Loic Duval and Allan McNish, ran faultlessly
and ultimately prevailed – delivering
Kristensen a ninth win in the French enduro.