Last year Porsche began a mission to add to their record 16 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Standing in their way was Audi and this year they looked to get to the top of the mountain.
The two VW Group owned brands also had to deal with Toyota and Nissan, but they would never truly challenge the German marquees. Of course a 24 hour endurance race takes a fast car as well as some luck. Going into the competition the Porsche 919 Hybrid was the favorite after qualifying in first, second and third.
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This first World Endurance Championship (WEC) race of the season looks like it will setup an incredible 24 Hours of Le Mans. The LMP1 class has been much more crowded compared to a few years ago when it just had Audi and Toyota. This year it will have Audi, Toyota, Porsche and Nissan (although they aren’t competing in all WEC races this season).
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Did Audi Manage Another Win or did Porsche or Toyota get the Victory?
The stage was set for a very entertaining 24 Hours of Le Mans and it had plenty of twist and turns. The top level of competition was between Audi, Toyota and Porsche. This year had the added interesting story line of Porsche making their return to the top level of competition at the legendary 24 hour endurance race.
The race saw quite a battle for first place with Toyota leading for a large portion of the beginning of the race. Later in the event they moved back and Audi started to battle Porsche for the first and second spots, which is what many had been waiting for.
So, who wan the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans? Audi managed their 13th victory. Porsche did fight them tooth and nail and had a chance for the win with 2 hours left. Unfortunately, engine failure forced the leading 919 Hybrid LMP1 car out of the race, opening the door for a one, two finish for Audi. Toyota managed to finish third.
It was a great race and sets up a very interesting 2015 race where Nissan will enter the mix and the rumormill has had Ferrari returning to Le Mans as well. No matter if that rumor is correct or not, next year’s 24 hour endurance race should be very good.
Today is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The legendary endurance race should be a good one, with story lines like; Porsche’s return to the top level of competition at Le Mans and how they are trying to defeat fellow VW owned Audi.
The race itself should be enough to get you pumped, but if you need some additional motivation to watch all 24 hours, we have made this video. It contains images of some of the action that has already happened around the perpetration of Le Mans.
This includes the Audi crash of Duval’s car, the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car and Patrick Dempsey returning to the race. So, get ready for some high speed action and let us know if you think Porsche, Audi or Toyota will win.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans race hasn’t even started and we have already seen a huge crash. On the first day of qualifying Loïc Duval lost control of his Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro and crashed into the wall. The accidentally looked terrible, but Duval was relatively unharmed.
Duval’s Audi after the Crash
The incident happened at over 167 mph on the Porsche Corners. He did stay at the hospital for observation, but according to a release from Audi he has only minor injuries.
As a precaution Mr. Duval will not be racing, but Marc Gené will be replacing him for the 24 hour endurance race. Marc was scheduled to race in LMP2, but just got bumped to the top level. He isn’t a stranger to the car though, as he has driven the R18 in several track tests.
The crash overshadowed the entire first day of qualifying, but Porsche managed to qualify in the first two spots. While Audi is getting a new car ready to replace the pile of ruble that was once a race car.