Benoit Treluyer says he was surprised by Audi's technical issues which hampered his #7 R18 e-tron quattro's progress in the Le Mans 24 Hours race, which ultimately curtailed his chances of a fourth win in five years.

The French driver entered the 2015 race with the goal of defending his Le Mans LMP1 title alongside co-drivers Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler but a tyre puncture in the opening stages pushed the car down the order as the Porsches charged ahead at the front.

During the night the #7 Audi worked its way up through the field and looked to make a late gambit for victory but were once again held back by a damaged engine hood during the early morning period which forced them to lose vital time in the pits.

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Despite its problems Treluyer says he felt let down by Audi's unusual reliability issue which took a shot at victory out of his hands, but the four-time Le Mans winner says Porsche fully deserved its 1-2 finish.

"It came as a bit of a surprise because Audi always prepares extremely well, as the long list of successes shows," he explained. "We superbly completed all the tests again this year. In the race, we attacked non-stop. We had the chance to be in contention for victory.

"Our R18 e-tron quattro was real fun, which helped me a lot especially in my two four-time stints. But Porsche were better this year and deserve the win."

Treluyer and company were still able to reach the rostrum in third place, but the Frenchman felt luck was also never on his side this year.

"Besides our skills, we have also had the necessary racing luck on our side for many years. That wasn't the case this year," Treluyer said. "Unfortunately, our car was repeatedly affected by some minor issues."