This year’s 24 hours of Le Mans is overshadowed by the death of Danish driver, Allan Simonsen, after a third lap accident. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. When the race was restarted, the battle between Audi and Toyota resumed. The three Audi R18 diesel electric hybrids locked out the top three spots after qualifying. A major feat in itself. However, the Toyota Hybrid race cars showed great pace during the race and continually pressured Audi.
In end, Audi e-tron #2 car piloted by a team of Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval took the checkered flag. This was an unprecedented and unbelievable 9th Le Mans victory for Tom Kristensen, the undisputed Le Mans expert. Allan McNish scored his third Le Mans win, and Loic Duval tasted victory for the first time. Toyota TS030 Hybrid #8 car of Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin came in second. Then came the Audi #3, Toyota #7, and another Audi #1.
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Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or scouring the internet and other media for various automotive, mechanical, and computer related information.