Audi won the 2013 24 hours of Le Mans race. Audi’s car no. 2 of Tom Kristensen, Loïc Duval and Allan McNish passed the finish line after 348 laps.
It was the only car from the German team that hasn’t experienced any mechanical problem as Audi’s No.1 car of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer suffered huge technical difficulties after seven hours and was forced into the garage where its crew changed the alternator. The issue cost the No. 1 LMP1 class racecar 11 laps; more precisely the vehicle was in pit for 43 minutes. The car had dropped back to 21st position.
As for the No. 3 Audi team of Lucas Di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Marc Gene – the car collided with an LMP2 car and Oliver Jarvis spun in front of the Dunlop corner. In the incident, his Audi also suffered a puncture. The crew changed multiple pieces including a rear deck, front nose and right side pod during a safety car period.
Toyota, Audi’s main competitor in the LMP1 class went very smoothly this year, with no major problems at all, until the rain started again just one hour before the end. Lapierre crashed his car at the Porsche curve – but eventually he was able to get to pit. Even Toyotas were showing their fuel advantage, pitting every 12 laps compared to the Audis’ 10, at the end, the Germans were faster.
Stéphane Sarrazin: “It was a good stint for me so I am happy. We pushed really hard and never gave up. It is good fight and looks like an interesting race”.
We remind you that Toyota has had three runner-up finishes at Le Mans, and never won. On the same time, Audi won 12 times now – and it is second for most victories by a manufacturer, behind Porsche’s 16.
Simonsen was the first driver fatality at Le Mans since 1997. Danish driver Allan Simonsen, 34 died after he lost control of his Aston Martin Vantage GTE, just 10 minutes into the race.
Race organisers Automobile Club de l’Ouest said: “In a serious condition, Allan Simonsen was transferred immediately to the Circuit Medical Centre where he died soon after due to his injuries.”
After the accident, the next 58 minutes were led by the safety car as repairs were carried out to the barriers.
A total of 56 cars started the race yesterday at 15.00 GMT+1. The 24 Hours of Le Mans race is the oldest endurance motor race in the world (since 1923).
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans LM P1 Finish Line (top 3):
#1 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro N2 Tom Kristensen, Loïc Duval and Allan McNish
#2 Toyota TS 030 N8 DAVIDSON A.; BUEMI S.; SARRAZIN S.
#3 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro N3 GENÉ M.; DI GRASSI L.; JARVIS O.;
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans LM P2 Finish Line (top 3):
#1 MORGAN – NISSAN N35 BAGUETTE B.; GONZALEZ R.; PLOWMAN M.
#2 MORGAN – NISSAN N24 PLA O.; HEINEMEIER HANSSON D.; BRUNDLE A.;
#3 ORECA 03-NISSAN N26 RUSINOV R.; MARTIN J.; CONWAY M.;
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro Finish Line (top 3):
#1 PORSCHE 911 RSR N92 LIEB M.; LIETZ R.; DUMAS R.;
#2 PORSCHE 911 RSR N18 BERGMEISTER J.; PILET P.; BERNHARD T.
#3 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 N19 DUMBRECK P.; MÜCKE S.; TURNER D.;
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Am Finish Line (top 3):
#1 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR N76
#2FERRARI 458 ITALIA N55
#3 FERRARI 458 ITALIAN 29
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans finish line results