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Porsche scores historic one-two at Le Mans

Published 15 June 2015

Porsche has ended Audi’s Le Mans dominance by securing victory at the 83rd running of the famous 24-Hour race. The Porsche 919 Hybrid scored an historic one-two win, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro finishing two laps adrift in third place. 

It’s the 17th time Porsche has secured victory at the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours race and the first time in 24 years that an active Formula One driver has won, with Nico Hulkenberg partnering England's Nick Tandy and New Zealand's Earl Bambe to victory in the number 19 car.

Former Formula One racer Mark Webber was a lap behind in the sister Porsche, while the third 919 Hybrid finished fifth. 

The winning number 19 prototype Porsche had started third on the grid and dropped down the order to eighth before battling its way through the pack to victory.

“This is such a fantastic day. It is hard to get it to sink in that I’m now a Le Mans winner," said Nick Tandy who has become the 30th Briton to win at Le Mans.

Audi had gone into the event full of confidence having won the previous five Le Mans 24 Hours events. However, while the R18 e-tron quattro was fast - achieving a new track record -  it was beset with technical problems. 

Third place went to 2014's winners Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer, despite an early puncture and a large section of the engine hood coming adrift and causing damage to the car. 

Porsche 919 Hybrid

 

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