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Audi Wins 2011 24 Hour Le Mans

Audi have carried on their domination of the Le Mans 24 hour race by winning their seventh Le Mans race in the last eight years. Audi started the race with 3 vehicles but only managed to finish with one as the other 2 vehicles crashed out in dramatic style. Audi driver Allan McNish was the first team member to crash out after clipping a slower moving Ferrari 458 which caused both cars to enter a gravel pit, but the Audi R18 TDi of Allan McNish was traveling at a higher speed and ended up crashing in spectacular fashion after skipping through a gravel pit and hitting a tyre wall which he ended up on top of narrowly missing race marshals and photographers. The Audi was totaled but McNish managed to walk away surprisingly unscathed from the mangled wreckage which shows how strong modern day Le Mans race cars are. A crash of this magnitude 15 – 20 years ago would have ended up with the driver sustaining much more serious injuries if not life threatening ones.

The second Audi to crash also clipped a Ferrari which sent driver Mike Rockenfeller into the barriers of the Mulsanne straight at full speed. Which ended up with Rockenfeller been taken to hospital for his injuries where he was kept overnight as a precaution. Audi No 2 R18 TDI took pole position and ended leading the race from start to finish taking the chequered flag only seconds ahead of the second placed Peugeot. Even though Audi took to the grid with all three of the cars in the top 5 they did not have it all their own way as they were pushed hard by Peugeot for the full 24hours of the race which seen them come a close second by finishing only 13 seconds behind the winning Audi R18 TDI. Peugeot had a Fantastic Le Mans 24 hour race as they finished 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th in the Peugeot 908s. The GTE Pro class was won by Corvette Racing as was the GTE Am class while Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan won the LMP2 class.


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