Audi wins Le Mans 24 Hours
14th Jun 2010 7:00 am
Audi claimed a shock 1-2-3 in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours after Peugeot's challenge collasped.
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.
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.