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Le Mans 24-Hour Race: Three into one good enough for Audi

By Sammy Hamill

Despite losing two of their cars in huge accidents, Audi still triumphed in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

Andre Lotterer brought the remaining Audi across the line, just 10 seconds ahead of a trio of Peugeots led by Simon Pagenaud.

It seemed Peugeot had the upper hand when both Allan McNish and then Mike Rockenfeller were eliminated in spectacular crashes. Both were taken to hospital but suffered no serious injuries.

There was to be no repeat of last year’s glory for Jonny Kane and the Strakka team who won the LMP2 category and finished a highest-ever fifth overall.

They were on the back foot ever since Nick Leventis crashed their Honda-designed HPD during Wednesday night’s qualifying, the engineers working flat out for 50 hours to rebuild the car.

Kane led them into the top 15 in the early stages of the race but then Danny Watts hit a kerb and the damage led to the car retiring soon afterwards.

The JWM Motorsport Ferrari team, owned by Ulsterman Jim McWhirter and driven by Rob Bell, Tim Sugden and Xavier Maassen, finished in 24th place, ninth in the GTE class.

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