Kristensen wins 8th Le Mans for Audi

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Race event, Le Mans 24 hours

Car nr. 2 with Tom Kristensen, Alan McNish and Rinaldo Capello have won the 24 hours of Le Mans after taking over the lead overnight in the rain. Despite blistering pace of the Peugeots, the French cars lost out mostly due to the rain.

With this feat, Kristensen wins his 8th Le Mans but does so for the first time with his current teammates. For McNish it is his second win while Capello already won two before.

Second on the podium is the Peugeot #7 with Minassian, Gené and Villeneuve. The car was leading for a considerable time but was unable to hold off the Audi during 3 hours of rain during the night. Late gambles with the tyres during showers didn't help either.

Third is the Peugeot #9 of Montagny, Zonta and Klien. That car led for a few laps before handing over the lead to the #7 car early in the night due to a mistake of Klien that got the car stuck in the gravel trap.

The winner in LMP2 is car #34 of van Merksteijn Motorsport with the Porsche MR6. The team built up a comfortable lead during the night, mostly thanks to the competitiveness of Jos Verstappen.

LMGT1 was won by Aston Martin Racing #009 for the second year running. The LMGT2 was dominated by Ferrari and won by Risi Competizione #82.

Results

Pos.TeamClsDriver in PitLapsGap
12Audi Sport North AmericaLMP1CAPELLO R.381
27Team Peugeot TotalLMP1GENE M.3814:31.094
39Peugeot Sport TotalLMP1MONTAGNY F.3792 Laps
43Audi Sport Team JoestLMP1LUHR L.3747 Laps
58Team Peugeot TotalLMP1LAMY P.36813 Laps
61Audi Sport North AmericaLMP1BIELA F.36714 Laps
717Pescarolo SportLMP1TRELUYER B.36219 Laps
85Team Oreca MatmutLMP1AYARI S.35724 Laps
910Charouz Racing SystemLMP1MUCKE S.35427 Laps
1034Van Merksteijn MotorsportLMP2VAN MERKSTEIJN P.3542:26.516
1118Rollcentre RacingLMP1ICKX V.35229 Laps
1231Team EssexLMP2NIELSEN J.34734 Laps
13009Aston Martin RacingLMGT1BRABHAM D.34437 Laps
1463Corvette RacingLMGT1MAGNUSSEN J.3444:23.843
1564Corvette RacingLMGT1GAVIN O.34140 Laps
16007Aston Martin RacingLMGT1FRENZEN H-H.33942 Laps
1772Luc Alphand AventuresLMGT1MOREAU G.33546 Laps
1835Saulnier RacingLMP2RAGUES P.33348 Laps
1982Risi CompetizioneLMGT2SALO M.32655 Laps
2040Quifel ASM TeamLMP2AMARAL M.32556 Laps

Full results: http://www.lemans.org/24heuresdumans/pa ... os_gb.html