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Audi take historic win at the 80th 24 Hours with R18

Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer lead 1-2-3 finish
Sunday, June 17, 2012

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Audi formation at the finish
As the No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer-Marcel Fassler-Benoit Treluyer took the checkered flag at exactly 1500 hours, Audi Sport today secured their 11th victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  But this was historic for a number of reasons as it was the first win at the world’s most famous endurance race by a hybrid-powered car, it was on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the 24 Hours, and it was the first year that the famous endurance race featured as a round of the new FIA World Endurance Championship.

Audi filled all three places on the winner’s podium, with the No.2 Audi’s Tom Kristensen-Allan McNish-Dindo Capello in second and the conventionally diesel-powered No.4 Audi R18 ultra in third place.  Mike Rockenfeller-Oliver Jarvis-Marco Bonanomi were the drivers.

Winning Audi #1
Breaking up the Audis, and finishing in fourth place after a display of amazing consistency and reliability, was the No.12 Rebellion Racing Lola Toyota of Neel Jani-Nicolas Prost-Nick Heidfeld.  Rounding out the top six was Le Mans newcomer JRM Motorsport whose No.22 HPD ARX-03a was in the reliable hands of former winner David Brabham, Peter Dumbreck and Karun Chandhok, the first Indian to compete in the Sarthe classic.

In LMP2, 12 of the 20 cars entered were still circulating after 24 hours which is a terrific achievement for all the teams involved in this privateer class. The best placed was the American No.44 Starworks Motorsport HPD ARX 03b entry, driven by 2011 class winner Tom Kimber-Smith with Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio followed by three Oreca Nissans operated by Thiriet by TDS Racing, Pecom Racing and Signatech Nissan.

Winning GTE pro #51 Ferrari
The GTE production-led class allowed the world’s leading luxury car manufacturers to display a great display of racing in the early stages of the race, with battles between Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche.  However, in the end it was a dominant victory for Ferrari who took 1st, 2nd and 4th in class.  Having been completely re-built by the team in just one day following a testing accident, the No.51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, in the hands of Gianmaria Bruni-Giancarlo Fisichella-Toni Vilander, finished two laps ahead of the No.59 Luxury Racing Ferrari and the No.97 Aston Martin Vantage.  It was a weekend to forget for the No.74 Corvette which had problem after problem following an impressive opening ten hours of racing, but the No.73 Chevrolet-powered car upheld some of the manufacturer’s honor on their 60th anniversary.

After a neck-and-neck battle in the GTE Am race between the No.50 Larbre Competition Corvette of Julien Canal-Pedro Lamy-Patrick Bornhauser and the No.67 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche of Anthony Pons-Raymond Narac -Nicolas Armindo, the former multiple-Le Mans-winning French team took the upper hand and recorded the victory.  For Julien Canal it is his third consecutive GTE Am victory. In third place was Krohn Racing’s Ferrari 458 Italia –Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson recording their third Le Mans podium finish and Michele Rugolo his first.

There were 21 official retirements, the most notable of which involved the two new Toyota TS030 Hybrids.  British driver Anthony Davidson in the No.8 Toyota was involved in a serious accident in the sixth hour which saw him taken to hospital with a back injury.  Fortunately he will be well enough to leave in a few days.  The other Toyota was also involved in the incident which ultimately saw the retirement from the race of the innovative Nissan DeltaWing. 

Results

Pos

Car Drivers Class Laps Gap
1. #1 Audi Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer LMP1 378 +0.000s
2. #2 Audi McNish/Capello/Kristensen LMP1 377 +1 Lap
3. #4 Audi Jarvis/Bonanomi/Rockenfeller LMP1 375 +3 Laps
4. #12 Lola Prost/Heidfeld/Jani LMP1 367 +11 Laps
5. #3 Audi Gene/Dumas/Duval LMP1 366 +12 Laps
6. #22 HPD Brabham/Dumbreck/Chandhok LMP1 357 +21 Laps
7. #44 HPD Potolicchio/Dalziel/K-Smith LMP2 354 +24 Laps
8. #46 Oreca Thiriet/Beche/Tinseau LMP2 353 +25 Laps
9. #49 Oreca Perez Companc/Kaffer/Ayari LMP2 352 +26 Laps
10. #26 Oreca Ragues/Panciatici/Rusinov LMP2 351 +27 Laps
11. #13 Lola Belicchi/Bleekemolen/Primat LMP1 350 +28 Laps
12. #41 Zytek Zugel/Julian/Gonzalez LMP2 348 +30 Laps
13. #25 Oreca Martin/Charouz/Graves LMP2 346 +32 Laps
14. #35 Morgan H Hansson/Leinders/Martin LMP2 341 +37 Laps
15. #42 Zytek Brundle/Brundle/Ordonez LMP2 340 +38 Laps
16. #23 Oreca Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard LMP2 340 +2m47.469s
17. #51 Ferrari Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander GTEP 336 +42 Laps
18. #59 Ferrari Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher GTEP 333 +45 Laps
19. #97 Aston Mucke/Fernandez/Turner GTEP 332 +46 Laps
20. #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy GTEA 329 +49 Laps
21. #67 Porsche Pons/Armindo/Narac GTEA 328 +50 Laps
22. #71 Ferrari Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci GTEP 326 +52 Laps
23. #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor GTEP 326 +3m10.910s
24. #45 Oreca Briere/Nakano/Petersen LMP2 325 +53 Laps
25. #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo GTEA 323 +55 Laps
26. #40 Oreca Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry LMP2 320 +58 Laps
27. #79 Porsche Neiman/Pumpelly/Pilet GTEA 313 +65 Laps
28. #70 Corvette Bourret/Gibon/Belloc GTEA 309 +69 Laps
29. #43 Norma Rosier/Haezebrouck/Thirion LMP2 308 +70 Laps
30. #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts LMP1 303 +75 Laps
31. #61 Ferrari Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers GTEA 294 +84 Laps
32. #83 Ferrari Rodrigues/Illiano/Ferte GTEA 292 +86 Laps
33. #55 Porsche Daniels/Palttala/Camathias GTEA 290 +88 Laps
34. #74 Corvette Gavin/Westbrook/Milner GTEP 215 +163 Laps
35. #17 Dome Minassian/Bourdais/Ara LMP1 202 +176 Laps
36. #38 Zytek Hancock/Dolan/Kurosawa LMP2 271 Retired
37. #33 HPD Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz LMP2 240 Retired
38. #30 Lola Sims/Buurman/Iannetta LMP2 239 Retired
39. #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti GTEA 222 Retired
40. #15 OAK Montagny/Kraihamer/Baguette LMP1 219 Retired
41. #66 Ferrari Walker/Cocker/Wills GTEP 204 Retired
42. #48 Oreca Firth/Hartley/Hughes LMP2 196 Retired
43. #77 Porsche Lietz/Lieb/Henzler GTEP 184 Retired
44. #75 Porsche al Faisal/Curtis/Edwards GTEA 180 Retired
45. #31 Lola Holzer/Schultis/Moro LMP2 155 Retired
46. #58 Ferrari Ehret/Jeannette/Montecalvo GTEA 146 Retired
47. #24 Morgan Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla LMP2 139 Retired
48. #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima LMP1 134 Retired
49. #80 Porsche Bergmeister/Long/Holzer GTEP 114 Retired
50. #28 Lola Giroix/Badey/Johansson LMP2 92 Retired
51. #8 Toyota Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin LMP1 82 Retired
52. #0 DeltaWing Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama CDNT 75 Retired
53. #81 Ferrari Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin GTEA 70 Retired
54. #99 Aston Nygaard/Poulsen/Simonsen GTEA 31 Retired
55. #16 Pescarolo Collard/Bouillon/Hall LMP1 20 Retired
56. #29 Lola Ihara/Deletraz/Rostan LMP2 17 Retired

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