• Audi wins 4th straight and 12th overall 24 Hours of Le Mans but 2013 proves bittersweet with driver fatality - Results

      Audi won its fourth straight 24 Hours of Le Mans victory and its 12th overall (four wins short of Porsche for most overall) and faced stout competition from Toyota who was in it until the end with their TS030 car. When the 24 Hours was over it was Audi finishing one lap ahead in their R18 E-Tron Quattro hybrid of Toyota by just 1 lap. Audi took first, third, and fifth, with Toyota finishing in a very impressive showing in second and fourth place.


      Unfortunately, tragedy struck at this years race with driver Allan Simonsen losing his life as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. He is the first fatality at Le Mans since 1997 and the 22nd overall driver fatality since the race started.

      Simonsen just seemed to lose control of his Aston Martin which then veered off the track and into the wall. It did not look like a devastating crash but at these speeds hitting the wrong part of a wall facing the wrong way can prove fatal. Aston Martin kept racing in Simonsen's honor as requested by the family. Additionally, they blacked out their homepage in honor of the driver: http://www.astonmartin.com/. Aston ended up finishing third in the highly competitive GTE class.

      A video of the crash is below along with the full results. Congratulations to Audi and condolences to Allan Simonsen's family. Despite safety improving and drivers walking away from spectacular crashes this is a reminder that professional racing at high speed will always have an element of danger to it.





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      Comments 8 Comments
      1. Adrenacide's Avatar
        Adrenacide -
        Well done Audi!

        Good showing from Toyota too.

        Sad to see that crash, that early on in the race.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Toyota challenged surprisingly well. I mean it takes someone with those kind of pockets to really go against Audi. Toyota definitely deserves more credit.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        This year's running of the race seemed very messy. Tragic accident aside, I saw more drivers lose it this year than I can recall from previous years. Low 50's, overcast, on and off rain, ect. made for an unpredictable track surface and lots of mishaps.

        +1 about Toyota. Was enjoyable to watch a team rival Audi. Other than Peugeot, the race has always felt like Audi just drives around the track and gets the win while everyone else competitively races against each other.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
        the race has always felt like Audi just drives around the track and gets the win while everyone else competitively races against each other.
        That's how it's gotten but Audi just takes the opportunity to use it for marketing. Nobody wants to spend that kind of coin.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        That's how it's gotten but Audi just takes the opportunity to use it for marketing. Nobody wants to spend that kind of coin.
        They practically sponsor the race. I cant imagine the millions (billions?) of dollars they have spent on Le Mans over the years.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Toyota challenged surprisingly well. I mean it takes someone with those kind of pockets to really go against Audi. Toyota definitely deserves more credit.
        I give credit to Peugeot for actually winning in 2009.

        Peugeot actually had quicker cars for a couple of years. Then they pulled the program.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        I give credit to Peugeot for actually winning in 2009.

        Peugeot actually had quicker cars for a couple of years. Then they pulled the program.
        True. All because of money though. I mean they just can't match VW's pocketbook.

        Le Mans is going to become VW versus VW with Porsche getting back in the mix. Kind of sad.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Toyota could have stayed in the same lap as he nr.2 Audi, but chose to be passed 2 laps before the end of the race just so they didn't need to do another lap.
        At that point in the race there was no point driving the wheels off the car to stay ahead, with all the raindrops making the track unpredictable.

        That was the actual problem this year.
        The weather was so unpredictable and small showers of rain targetting different parts of the track making it not worthwile to change the slicks all the time for rain tires, that there was a lot of driving around in wettish conditions on slick tires.
        Which made for a lot of spins and corner overshoots.

        Awesome achievement of Audi though.
        If it wasn't for a flat tire from the nr.3 Audi it would have been a very boring race in the LMP1.
        Now at least the nr.3 car was able to fight back to 3rd place overtaking Nakajima in the Toyota, giving some exitement.