Clinching the company’s 12th victory in 14 years, the #2 car was piloted by Tom Kristensen – who extends his record to nine wins, Allan McNish and poleman Loic Duval, who celebrated their third and first triumphs on the event. The team also came out on top in the Michelin Green X Challenge, a competition to find the cleanest, fastest and most efficient prototype.
The race, which witnessed the tragic death of Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen on lap 3, saw numerous incidents – thanks largely to the constant rain showers – resulting in a total of eleven safety car deployments, with over five hours being run under ‘yellow’ while the track was cleared and repairs carried out.
The Toyota of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin came home second – a lap behind the winning car, with the other two Audis placed third and fifth following problems on Saturday night. The #3 Audi driven by Gene, Jarvis and di Grassi suffered a puncture after colliding with a slower car and had to complete almost a full lap before pitting, but still managed to secure the third step of the podium, while the #1 R18 of Lotterer, Treluyer and Fassler completed the weekend in fifth after previously looking good for the win. A forced stop for an alternator change saw their sure lead slip to 24th, but an impressive recovery saw them fight through the field to within three laps of the fourth place Toyota.
“It’s definitely the case that we had speed this year. The engineers did a really, really good job over the winter. Tom had one puncture and apart from that it was a perfect run from start to finish and you don’t get many of those at Le Mans,” said Scotland’s McNish.
“We owe the twelfth victory of our brand at Le Mans to the consistent, innovative spirit of our engineers, the unconditional commitment of the entire team and the skills and strong nerves of our drivers. On behalf of Audi, I extend my sincere congratulations on this success to all of them,” said Audi chairman Rupert Stadler.
2013 Le Mans 24 Hours results
1. P1 #2 Audi Kristensen/McNish/Duval 348
2. P1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Sarrazin/Buemi 347 + 1 Lap
3. P1 #3 Audi Gene/Jarvis/di Grassi 347 + 1m55.252s
4. P1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima 341 + 7 Laps
5. P1 #1 Audi Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler 338 + 10 Laps
6. P1 #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts 332 + 16 Laps
7. P2 #35 Morgan Baguette/Plowman/Gonzalez 329 + 19 Laps
8. P2 #24 Morgan Pla/Brundle/H Hansson 328 + 20 Laps
9. P2 #26 Oreca Rusinov/Martin/Conway 327 + 21 Laps
10. P2 #42 Zytek Krumm/Mardenborough/Ordonez 327 + 1m07.075s
11. P2 #49 Oreca P-Companc/Kaffer/Minassian 325 + 23 Laps
12. P2 #43 Morgan Gachnang/Mailleux/Lombard 320 + 28 Laps
13. P2 #48 Oreca Hartley/Chandhok/Patterson 319 + 29 Laps
14. P2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Turvey/Luhr 319 + 4m01.549s
15. P2 #36 Alpine Ragues/Panciatici/Gommendy 317 + 31 Laps
16. GTP #92 Porsche Lieb/Lietz/Dumas 315 + 33 Laps
17. GTP #91 Porsche Bergmeister/Pilet/Bernhard 315 + 2m10.631s
18. GTP #97 Aston Mucke/Turner/Dumbreck 314 + 34 Laps
19. P2 #34 Oreca Frey/Niederhauser/Bleekemolen 314 + 1m27.131s
20. GTP #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor 312 + 36 Laps
[Source: Audi Motorsport]