Last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance racing was one of the most dramatic and classic races ever held in this famous annual endurance race in France. Audi’s R18 diesel LMP1 machine has held off oppositions from rivals Peugeot and won the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours with style. Victory from the car no 2 from these three drivers, Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler was a pyrrhic victory for Team Audi after losing 2 other cars from very horrific accidents earlier on.
We have posted the first crash from car no 3 of Allan McNish on the first hour of the race at this link , but the second crash happened on the 8th hour of the race, when the Audi No. 1 car of Mike Rockenfeller, got tangled with yet another Ferrari 458 and collided into the wall. Watch the horrific video as below and you can see the body languages of Team Audi’s after witnessing the crash.
However, fortunately both Allan McNish and Mike Rockenfeller only suffer from slight injuries and was taken into hospital for observation. Audi’s main rivals Peugeot took second and third place, which is a good result considering all their cars finished in top 5 positions. The margin between the second place Peugeot and the winning Audi is less than 15 seconds, showing how tight the race was which is rare in endurance racing.
The video below shows the final moments of the race. There were only 27 finishers out of 56 starters. Despite I’m much a Peugeot fan (their car looks a lot nicer), my hats off to Audi for a well deserved bittersweet victory in this year Le Mans 24 Hours race.