The Le Mans 24 Hours has again been run and again Audi has taken outright honours. Audi and their R15 TDI took the first three places while Peugeot’s four 908s all fell apart despite being quicker than the German cars. The quickest cars don’t always win at Le Mans and a car will never win if it doesn’t make it to the finish.
Unlike last year when they took victory it seems that the Peugeot drivers pushed their cars beyond their limits. I guess this is the problem when all your drivers are ex-F1 guys who are used to driving a whole race flat-out rather than pacing yourself.
Audi has continued their decade long domination of the 24 Hours. Last year was the first time since 2003 that an Audi had not taken victory at Le Mans so they acheived their revenge on Peugeot. It is also good that the R15 TDI can now join the two the R8 and R10 TDI as a winner of the 24 Hours.
Audi’s Record at Le Mans since 1999
1999 – 3rd & 4th with the Audi R8R. Neither Audi R8C (the basis for the later Bentley EXP Speed 8 ) finished.
2000 – 1st, 2nd & 3rd with the Audi R8.
2001 – 1st & 2nd with the Audi R8 (the Audi designed Bentley EXP Speed 8 finished 3rd).
2002 – 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 7th with the Audi R8 (the Audi designed Bentley EXP Speed 8 finished 4th).
2003 – 3rd & 4th with the Audi R8… but Bentley’s EXP Speed 8 that was designed by Audi, powered by Audi and run by the Joest Audi team finished 1st & 2nd.
2004 – 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th with the Audi R8.
2005 – 1st, 3rd & 4th with the Audi R8.
2006 – 1st & 3rd with the Audi R10.
2007 – 1st with the Audi R10.
2008 – 1st, 4th & 6th with the Audi R10 TDI.
2009 – 3rd with the Audi R15 TDI.
2010 – 1st, 2nd & 3rd with the Audi R15 TDI.
Since Audi started competing at Le Mans in 1999 they have never been off the podium which is a remarkable achievement.