Le Mans » Audi reclaims Le Mans crown


Audi claims a 1-2-3 finish in the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours after rival Peugeot run into problems that force all four of its cars out of the race

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TooBored - Unregistered

June 13, 2010 3:00 PM

Total domination by audi? I dont think so. Domination means they have pole, fastest lap AND win the race. But they do have a game plan and stick with it.

The pugs should've been on the podium had it not been for their blind vanity and pride to win the race at all cost. It safe to say they threw away a solid 3rd (or 2nd if they're lucky), but i guess this is not a team that aspires to finish 3rd. I love their win it or bin it attitude.

One would think they've learn their lesson from 07 and 08, it was completely the opposite of what they did in 09. Even the weather was on their side, I really hope the 90x will be much more reliable next year so we could have a more entertaining battle.

Tazio - Unregistered

June 13, 2010 3:01 PM

Total engineering masterclass from Audi. Peugeot - try again next year. Retain drivers lineup, sort out the reliability problem. You have the quickest car today.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

June 13, 2010 7:01 PM

"The pugs should've been on the podium had it not been for their blind vanity and pride to win the race at all cost."

I'm actually thankful for what they did with the number 1. That chase was thrilling !

Bravo Audi team. Team Joest are really Le Mans specialist.

JoeS

June 13, 2010 7:22 PM

@Tazio, you're theory is fine but in practice, flawed. The problem is that generally, a fast car is a fragile one, and a slow car is a strong one. If Peugout hone in their cars reliability, it will slow them into the clutches of Audi on raw pace. I think peugout would do better to extend the pace differance they have, because it's the only thing that seems to work for them (well, the car doesn't anyway).

Just Observing - Unregistered

June 14, 2010 2:35 AM

@JoeS... I think Audi would actually disagree with you regarding a fast car being fragile.. the R8 was easily the fastest and most reliable car of its time and rarely failed unless through driver error..

I think it was one of the veteran RML drivers that said on the speed coverage that the way Le Mans is run and prepared for these days anything that fails on a car, probably, would fail regardless of the pace run...

The fact the Pugs had 3 exact failures but at very different times in the race points to a failed component that for some reason had an unpredictable life (change of supplier maybe?)... after all they did 11, 30 hour tests in the lead up to Le Mans without an engine failure

Tazio - Unregistered

June 14, 2010 5:31 AM

JoeS,

I still think the Pugs really have speed advantage over Audi. I'm Audi fan myself and dying to see Audis and Pugs race each other at equal pace. But the fact Pugs are lapping consistently at around 3:20 makes me think they do really have raw speed. Mind you, Peugeot is not a newcomer and i believe they are not stupid to let their cars to run above the engines threshold all the time to top the timesheet. They know better.. 3 engine failures caught them off guard (maybe caused by turbos overheating problem, me think).

Audi played it smart all the time. Their cars worked flawlessly, the drivers are fully up to the job and they are deserved winner :).

Just Observing - Unregistered

June 18, 2010 1:38 AM

Here is a little bit of conspiracy stuff to add to your post-Le mans discussions...

Apparently ALL the diesel cars a Le Mans this year are illegal but no one is willing to protest... its been reported, and there is plenty of evidence to support it, that the diesel cars this year were in breach of Regulation 5.5.3 of the ACO rules that states - 'The engine must not produce visible exhaust emissions under race conditions.'

There is PLENTY of TV and photo evidence to say that both the Audi's and Peugeot's were pumping out plenty of the black stuff under load, so who is telling who to turn the blind eye???

... and no diesels don't HAVE to blow smoke so don't try that argument

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