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Le Mans won by Audi again

 

Audi has won the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race for the 10th time in 12 years on Sunday with Andre Lotterer taking the chequered flag by 14 seconds

Audi's two other works cars both crashed spectacularly on Saturday, leaving a tight battle to the finish with the three works Peugeots but Lotterer just held off Simon Pagenaud to maintain Audi's dominance of the race at the Sarthe circuit.

Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer were Lotterer's co-drivers, while Nicolas Minassian finished third for Peugeot.

Victory was particularly sweet for Audi following the crashes on Saturday that destroyed both their other cars after they had swept the front row in qualifying.

The drivers escaped without serious injury, though Germany's Mike Rockenfeller was kept in hospital overnight.

Former British winner Allan McNish was lucky to escape unhurt when he clipped a slower Ferrari and crashed the number three Audi spectacularly in the opening hour, bringing out the safety car.

Rockenfeller then wrote off the number one R18 TDI when he hit another Ferrari while travelling at full speed on the fast stretch leading to Indianapolis with eight hours gone and darkness descending.

The safety car was deployed for the fourth time in the early hours after more crashes with full racing only resuming at around 6:30am local time.

It then came out again at around 7:30am after an accident between a Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen and the Porsche 911 of Christian Reid.

 


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