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14 June 2010

Audi claimed a shock 1-2-3 in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours after Peugeot's challenge collasped.

Peugeot looked almost certain for victory midway through the race, but reliability woes plagued the 908s throughout the race and each of its cars ground to a halt before the end.

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That left the race to fall into the laps of the unfancied Audi R15s, which had been unable to compete with the raw pace of the Peugeots all week long.

Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard and Mike Rockenfeller clinched their maiden Le Mans victories in their first year together, while the car of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer followed home in second.

The favoured Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, Dindo Capello car was the one to hit trouble during the race - getting caught up in a controversial collision - and recovered to complete the podium.

Nigel Mansell's much-vaunted family effort with sons Leo and Greg lasted just 17 minutes, the former world champion being pitched off the track by a slow puncture with the race barely underway.

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14 June 2010

[quote Autocar]reliability woes plagued the Peugeots [/quote]

plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.

14 June 2010

The Audi 1.2, 3 might have been unexpected but the victory is far from a shock is it? Audi has a history of superior tactics and reliability which has seen them beat the Peugeots in the past.

I don't think many expected all 4 Pugs to drop out though.

14 June 2010

Easy as it is to pin Audi's win on Peugeot's failures, Audi did set a new laps-completed record for the race, so were obviously performing well regardless.

14 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]

[quote Autocar]reliability woes plagued the Peugeots [/quote]

plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.

[/quote] Except they won the 24H last year, didn't they, the Audi team plagued by reliability and driver error. Peugeot won again at the 2009 Petit Le Mans, beating Audi. They were 1-2 at Sebring, the Germans having (sensibly, it would seem) withdrawn from the series. And if you're referring to cars you can actually buy and use on the road, are you seriously trying to suggest that Audi or Peugeot for that matter are known for reliability?

14 June 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]And if you're referring to cars you can actually buy and use on the road, are you seriously trying to suggest that Audi or Peugeot for that matter are known for reliability?[/quote]

True, I do hope Audi up their game on the reliability front. The new A1 - seemingly very affordable, is going to attract a lot of people for whom this will be their only car. Judging from friend's with A3's and 4's they are going to be deprived of transport far more often than you would expect for a 'premium' brand.

14 June 2010

Audi still managed to get 4 cars to the finish line last year and come 3rd and this year the R15+ completed 15 more laps than the best peugeot from last year and 24 more than the R15. With the last 3 running peugeots all expiring with what looks like engine failure on the right hand cylinder bank perhaps peugeot pushed the performance envelope of the engine too far and paid the price.

14 June 2010

reliability aside, IMHO it's plain stupid set as a race tactic full power, alll time, any time...

they were lapping qualification stance during endurance race...

no mind at all.

if that is the best the french team had to show in Le Mans track, they seem to be plain stu***, anyway they should know that the race lasted 24 complete hours, not 45, 50 or 62 laps...

... and Le Mans is on french territory...

still, nothing steal Audi from being brilliant, and as Mr Le Mans Tom K. said, the best car won Le Mans.

now face it and get it.

14 June 2010

Yeah! What he said!

14 June 2010

I love Le Mans but it near always goes to the team with the deepest pockets so no surprise that Audi cleaned up, the bigger surprise is that all the peugeots fell away given the depth of their pockets.

14 June 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]I love Le Mans but it near always goes to the team with the deepest pockets[/quote] Often but not always - a lot like F1. Just ask Toyota. Or Mercedes. Or Nissan. Audi and Peugeot were the only two true works LMP1 contenders - Aston Martin were never in the hunt with the current regulations. Peugeot certainly spent a lot of money on their title defence, but couldn't take the heat from the Audis. Yes, they were fast, but never in a sustained fashion. They would put in a few blinding laps but had to back right off again, whereas the Audis could keep going at the same speed as they qualified all day long. Which is why they won. Again. None of the three cars had any mechanical problems, with the only issues being contact with slower GT cars for 2 of them. Perfect reliability resulted in a clean sweep of the podium. Not that much of a shock.

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