Audi has captured its 13th win in 15 years in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler winning their third Le Mans in four years (2011, 2012).
The 2014 edition wasn’t so much an edition of pace versus pace as much as it was pace versus reliability, as the new LMP1 regulations threw a number of curveballs at the field.
Audi ended 1-2 although both of its cars required turbo changes. Meanwhile a series of issues plagued Porsche, which was down on outright pace but used a tortoise strategy and a fewer pit stops to play the No. 20 car (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) into contention.
Webber’s car though, ground to a halt from an unidentified mechanical issue with just over two hours remaining, which stunted the charge and ended their race.
Behind the top two, Toyota’s No. 8 made it onto the podium despite losing eight laps and 50 minutes in the garage early in the race from accident damage.
The remaining class victories went to Jota Sport (LMP2) with the venerable Zytek Z11SN Nissan, AF Corse with its No. 51 Ferrari F458 Italia in GTE-Pro and the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage in GTE-Am.
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