Audi Sport has managed to secure their 11th victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with their hybrid powered race car, the R18 E-Tron.
The world famous endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the 2012 edition, has pulled a lot of surprises, starting with a lot of crashes, going through the Nissan DeltaWing retire and ending with the Audi R18 E-Tron win. The German team has secured the first three places on the winner’s podium in the following order: Lotterer-Marcel Fassler-Benoit Treluyer, Tom Kristensen-Allan McNish-Dindo Capello and Mike Rockenfeller-Oliver Jarvis-Marco Bonanomi.
The Audi 1 has started the 24 Hours of Le Mans in pole position, managing to go around all the unfortunate incidents, but even so, the team wasn’t sure about victory until noon, when Allan McNish, who was driving the Audi Hybrid No. 2, has missed a few corners in the karting-zone of the track, losing serious times. The Audi Hybrid No. 1 finished 378 laps of the track, one more than the Audi No. 2, driven by Kristensen-McNish-Capello and three more than the Audi No. 4, raced by Rockenfeller-Jarvis-Bonanomi. In the LMP2, out of the 20 cars entered, 12 of them were still circulating after 24 hours, a terrific achievement for all teams involved in the privateer class.
The 2012 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans saw 21 official retirements, including the new Toyota TS030 Hybrids. The Toyota No. 8 driver, Anthony Davidson, has suffered a serious accident in the sixth hour of the race and he ended up in hospital, with a back injury, where he will remain in the following days. The other Toyota has been involved in an incident with the Nissan DeltaWing, and both racers had to retire.