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A win for Audi at Le MansBack

LeMans1It was the 82nd running of the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend which left Audi celebrating their win!

This year’s Le Mans proved to be a true classic with plenty of action to keep spectators on the edge of their seats. The event saw the teams cover a track full of twists, turns and uncertainties promising to keep viewers firmly gripped.

Following the recent crash of Duval, Oliver Turvey was put into the driver’s seat,and having expected to be watching the race on the TV only days before, he came away from it as a Le mans class winner!

The parity of performance between three such different concept cars was remarkable and praise should be justly given to the engineers whose ability to deliver the mandatory 30 per cent fuel saving, with very little effect on the performance level, made for yet another exciting race.

Unlike the seventies when the ‘energy crisis’ forced fuel-restriction rules on racing cars and drivers were expected to drive much slower essentially taking the spirit out of racing as we know it, in the present day skilled mechanics have been able to overcome these restrictions to the point where a 1,000bhp Toyota hybrid is certainly not all about economy driving.

A crowd of around 263,000 paying customers gathered to watch the Le Mans 24 Hours, proving that even after 82 years, the event still remains just as popular, despite the awful events of last year’s race.

Safety concerns have had to be addressed by the ACO and FIA following the death of Danish driver Allan Simonsen who died after a horror crash at the wheel of an Aston Martin at the 2013 Le Mans race. However, these new regulations did not detract from what was essentially a gripping race from start to finish.

Nissan’s ZEOD didn’t last long in the race, in fact it was only half an hour in before it developed a problem with its gearbox, a shame considering the company had worked hard to deliver everything else that was asked of them, producing a 300kph engine running on electric power only and capable of running at racing speed. Furthermore, Matt McMurry became the youngest driver to ever take part in the race and proved his worth by performing better than some drivers twice his age.

A big congratulations goes out to the team at Audi who saw France’s Beniot Treluyer take the title in his Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Hybrid number two car, and Tom Kristensen of Demark taking second place in his Audi R18 e-tron Quattro number 1 car – the icing on the cake to what was ultimately, another great race.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 16/06/2014