Audi's dominance at Le Mans 24 Hours has been broken by Porsche after the number 19 919 Hybrid driven by Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy claims victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Entering the 83rd year of the blue riband event, Audi had been hunting a sixth consecutive victory and 14th overall since its Le Mans debut in 1999, but a series of mechanical issues hampered the progress of each of its three R18 e-tron quattro cars.

Suffering its first defeat at Le Mans since 2009 - when the factory Peugeot squad took glory - Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich says his LMP1 squad didn't enjoy a perfect race which is needed to finish on top at Le Mans.

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"At Le Mans, you can't assume that you're going to win the race every year, still that was clearly our intention," Ullrich said. "We showed that, based on last year's Audi R18, we developed a fast car that was in contention for victory across large parts of the distance.

"During the night, we lost some time and were a little unfortunate with our two best-placed cars as well. In the morning, we encountered some more difficulties. When you have as strong a rival as we did at Le Mans, you've got to be perfect to win."

Audi's winning run of five (2010-2014) ends as the joint-third longest streak, a record held by Porsche with seven (1981-87).

Porsche also hold the most wins record, extending the count to 17 while its German manufacturer rivals Audi remain second on the list with 13 wins.