The 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans is over, and despite losing two of its three cars in horrifying crashes, it is Audi — once again — that climbs to the top of the podium as the race’s overall winner.
Andre Lotterer piloted the #2 Audi R18 TDI to victory, 13 seconds ahead of second-place Simon Pageneaud in the #9 Peugeot 908.
The rest of the top five finishers were all Peugeot 908s, the #8 and #7 factory team cars, followed by the #10 Team Oreca Matmut entry. The top gasoline-powered LMP1 finisher was the Toyota-powered #12 Rebellion Racing Lola.
Allan McNish Audi R18 Crash 24H le Mans
Perhaps a testament to the superb Audi engineering principles applied to aluminum space-frame design, driver Allan McNish survives a startling crash unharmed. Take a look at this video and the aftermath of what remains of his vehicle.
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