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Audi wins Le Mans

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
Audi has reclaimed the Le Mans 24 Hours title after securing a lock-out of the podium in the 2010 running of the French classic.

Despite lacking the pace of rivals Peugeot, the Ingolstadt crew had the reliability to make it to the chequered flag and secure victory with the R15 Plus.

Timo Bernhard, Mike Rockenfeller and Romain Dumas had been tipped as the Audi crew most likely to challenge at the front and the trio successfully brought the car to the finish for a record-breaking victory that exceeded the previous distance record for the current circuit.

Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler suffered minor delays in the pits during the race which meant they took second place, a lap down, while Audi's dream team of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello was two laps further back in third place having lost time on Saturday evening following an incident with one of the GT2 BMWs.

For Peugeot, the 2010 running of the French classic is a race that won't live long in the memory after the team failed to drive home the advantage that the 908 HDi clearly had at the front of the field.

Quicker than Audi throughout the week, Peugeot looked well placed to defend the title it won last season but instead could only watch on as its big rivals locked out the podium.

It could, and perhaps more importantly should, have been different for Peugeot after all four of its cars retired with mechanical issues.

The #3 car failed to even make it to Saturday night when it picked up damage to the tub following a suspension issue, while the #2 led through the night before expiring in fiery fashion on Saturday morning while leading in the hands of Franck Montagny.

That left Peugeot playing catch-up with the #1 and the #4 Oreca-run, both of which had been delayed earlier in the race by mechanical issues. Neither would survive to the flag though, suffering engine failures of their own in the final two hours to hand victory to Audi on a plate.




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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.

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.



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