The Audi R10 TDI in action at the Le Mans 24 Hours race

Posted on Jun 18, 2007 by

Audi has done it yet again at the Le Mans 24-Hour race claiming their second consecutive victory with the diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI. Frank Biela (Germany), Emanuele Pirro (Italy) and Marco Werner (Germany) repeated their success from last year giving Audi their seventh victory in the French endurance classic.

Out of the three diesel sportscars from Ingolstadt, the Audi R10 TDI with start number 3 driven by Mike Rockenfeller left the rain-soaked track on the lap 3, colliding backwards into the armco barriers. The car driven by Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish also ended in a similar fate towards the finish of the race after their left rear wheel loosened ending in a crash. This car was in a comfortable lead after 17 hours of racing when the wheel dislodged from the car leaving Capello a mere passenger as the Audi careened towards the barriers and retirement.

Thus, all hopes for Audi were left on the shoulders of the Audi R10 TDI driven by Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner. Conditions were extremely difficult owing to torrential rain in the final phase of the race, however the established Audi drivers weathered this task with bravado to finish ten laps in front of the Peugeot 908 – also diesel powered – driven by Sebastien Bourdais, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy. The second Peugeot was running as high up as third before retiring with just 77 minutes left to run.

 

 

Aston Martin won the battle of the LMGT1 class quelling the challenge of the Corvettes. The 009 Team Aston Martin Racing DBR9 driven by Darren Turner, David Brabham, Rickard Rydell pulled away towards the end to win from the Corvette C6.R of Ron Fellows, Johnny o’Connor and Jan Magnussen who pulled back the Aston’s advantage towards the end and just about lost out at the finish.

After its seventh Le Mans triumph, Audi has moved up to third place in the record books after the 75th running of this French endurance classic. Only Porsche and Ferrari have won at Le Mans more often than Audi.

 

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