Le Mans » Audi vows to bounce back

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Just a Fan - Unregistered

June 15, 2009 11:33 PM

Its pretty obvious where the root of the problem is guys... this year you got arrogant and thought you could bring a new car to Le Mans without the race miles on it that Audi's have done in the past...

Its a pretty obvious pattern - Nissan (R390), Toyota (GT1), Mercedes (CLR) and now Audi (R15)... you can test all you like but its just not the same as putting a car on a race track and racing it and putting it under the real stresses of competition.

Congrats to Peugeot and to my fave driver Brabham... hope the stories are true and both back next year... Pug with a new car and Brabs with Acura and a serious LMP car

jimmy - Unregistered

June 16, 2009 9:56 AM

I hope Germans will destroy the frogs next year as usually. Still it's 8 - 1. And Audi is arrogant? LOL. Wolfgang Ullrich and whole Audi squad was humble and very sportsmanship. Look at second "all-French" Peugeot car (especially that loser Bourdais) - they all looked like idiots on the podium, while Audi guys were smiling and sharing joy together with winners.

Just a Fan - Unregistered

June 17, 2009 2:29 AM

OK, don't call it arrogance. Call it "over-confidence"... and its STILL the exact same trap that the all the manufacturers I mentioned in my first post fell to... Toyota won endurance races in Japan with the GT1, didn't mean squat when it came to Le Mans!

Winning one race doesn't mean anything. Since the 908 debuted it has been a faster car than the Audi's, its been a combination of unreliability and questionable strategy that has allowed Audi to win. This year it appeared Audi was counting on the same thing happening and it blew up in their faces because it was THEIR cars with the reliability issues as well as being up to 4 seconds a lap slower.

Call it what you will, Audi got it wrong.

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