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Audi wins Le Mans

Seeing the Oreca-Aim secure top petrol honours in fourth place was something of a surprise after the car battled various issues during the race, but its top-four place was secured largely down to problems elsewhere – most notably for the #009 Lola-Aston Martin which suffered engine failure in the final hour of the race while looking well set for petrol honours.

The second of the Aston Martin entries did make it to the finish in sixth place overall while the only other LMP1 car to take the chequered flag – the Drayson Racing Lola – was right at the bottom of the standings after spending hours in its garage during the race.

Beechdean Mansell went out early when Nigel Mansell crashed on the fifth lap while Rebellion Racing and Kolles Audi saw both cars retire. Signature Plus and Autocon also failed to see the finish, the latter dropping out on the very first lap.

LMP2 honours went to Strakka Racing after a stunning performance from the British team, with Danny Watts taking the flag to give HPD a victory on its La Sarthe debut. The victory proved to be comfortable in the end with a six lap buffer to the second placed OAK Racing Pescarolo with RML's Lola Coupe in third.

The battle between Strakka and HPD-rivals Highcroft had raged for much of the race before mechanical issues forced the Highcroft car into the pits. The team was however able to get the car back on track to take the chequered flag.

OAK was able to get both cars to the finish despite the #24 being involved in a crash during the night, while Team Bruichladdich, Race Performance, Quifel-ASM and KSM battled various issues to make the finish. For Race Performance in particular, that was an impressive feat given the late nature of its entry into the race.

Just as impressively, only two LMP2 cars failed to finish, with the Racing Box Lola going out with mechanical problems and the Pegasus Racing Norma-Judd crashing out of its debut race after being hit by the GT2 Spyker.

The curtain in GT1 came down with victory for the oldest car on the grid, as Jack Leconte's Larbre team secured class honours with the venerable Saleen S7R. Although the victory was largely down to the misfortune of others, the French team was able to claim victory ahead of the #72 Luc Alphand Corvette and the delayed Young Driver Aston Martin.

The three Ford GTs all failed to finish, the #60 having led early before being involved in an accident, while the second of the Luc Alphand Corvettes and the JLOC Lamborghini were also retirements.

Porsche enjoyed success in the GT2 class as Felbermayr-Proton took a two lap victory ahead of the leading Ferrari in the hands of Hankook Team Farnbacher.

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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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