The nail-biting 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans kept all its promises for Audi and the trio Marcel Fässler-André Lotterer-Benoît Tréluyer, and victory didn’t come into view until late Sunday morning, against Toyota and Porsche. After 2011 and 2012, the German and French drivers won together for the third time. They were ahead of the sister car of Di Grassi-Kristensen-Gené and the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Davidson-Lapierre-Buemi, pushed to the back of the ranking after its incident in the rain shower at the beginning of the race.
In the LM P2 class, the Ligier JS P2 made a big impression in its first race competition. That of the French team, Thiriet by TDS Racing, driven by Ludovic Badey-Pierre Thiriet-Tristan Gommendy, didn’t play out until the very last hours of the race, with a gap of barely 20 seconds, against the No. 38 Zytek of Harry Tincknell-Oliver Turvey-Simon Dolan (Jota Sport), that finished fifth overall. The Alpine A450B of Nelson Panciatici-Oliver Webb-Paul Loup Chatain rounded out the podium.
As to the GTs, two road legends share the spoils: Ferrari in LM GTE Pro, thanks to Gianmaria Bruni-Giancarlo Fisichella-Toni Vilander (No. 51 458 Italia, AF Corse), and Aston Martin in LM GTE Am, with at the wheel David Heinemeier Hansson-Kristian Poulsen-Nicki Thiim (No. 51 Vantage, Aston Martin Racing).