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Le Mans 24 – Audi wins!

Audi has triumphed in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans with Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler taking victory in the sole remaining Audi Sport entry. The trio finished only a mere 13.854 seconds ahead of Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais and Pedro Lamy’s Peugeot. The leading Audi and Peugeot made their final pit stop with only 30 minutes remaining – Peugeot able to close the gap to after electing to not take...

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Le Mans 24 Hour – 16 Hour Update

Peugeot had its turn at the front of the pack with reigning American Le Mans Series champ Simon Pagenaud taking the lead as the four leading diesel prototypes cycled through their pit stop strategies. Pagenaud lead teammate Alex Wurz with the sole remaining Audi in third with Benoit Treluyer behind the wheel. Drama hit the Corvette camp when Jan Magnusseen spun out the GTE Pro class lead exiting the Porsche Curves and collected the...

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Sunday has dawned at the Circuit de la Sarthe and the teams now begin to play their race plans from back to front, counting down the remaining eight hours. For some, the carfeully crafted race strategies have encountered the realities of Le Mans. Already 21 of the 56 starters are classified as retired. For a fortunate few, the race has run very much to their plan. Corvette has used the late night and dawn to its advantage, triple...

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Early Exit for Fernandez

Developing a new car is always an up and down process and today was certainly a down day for former American Le Mans Series champion Adrian Fernandez. The new #009 Aston Martin AMR-One was the first retirement of the 2011 race when an alternator belt pulley failure resulted in the car stopping on the circuit just two laps into the race. The Prodrive team expects better then things when they head to Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans later...

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Le Mans Test Day Wrap – ALMS teams

At Le Mans, the GT class is split into GTE Pro and GTE Am per new ACO regulations allowing for more gentlemen drivers to compete. ALMS regulars Flying Lizard Motorsports did not participate, but Robertson Racing was there in full guise with two of its Doran-built Ford GTs. The Robertsons make their Le Mans debut in GTE Am. The husband-and-wife team of David and Andrea Robertson is joined by sports car veteran Boris Said....

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Le Mans Test Day Wrap – Audi vs. Peugeot

The Le Mans test day returned this April to provide the first official glimpse of the battle at this year’s 24-hour classic in June. While Audi had tested its new closed-top R18 TDI, its third generation of diesel prototypes, at both Sebring and Homestead in Florida, this was the first time the world saw it in its finished livery. Qualifying times at the Circuit de la Sarthe in recent years have stopped the clocks in less than 3...

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