• Jun 12, 2011
2011 24 Hours of Le Mans - Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans is over, and despite losing two of its three cars in horrifying crashes, it is Audi, once again, that climbs to the top of the podium as the race's overall winner. Andre Lotterer piloted the #2 Audi R18 TDI to victory, 13 seconds ahead of the Simon Pageneaud in the #9 Peugeot 908. The rest of the top five finishers were all Peugeot 908s, the #8 and #7 factory team cars, followed by the #10 Team Oreca Matmut entry. The top gasoline-powered LMP1 finisher was the Toyota-powered #12 Rebellion Racing Lola.

It's also a big day for Corvette Racing, which, after losing the leading #74 Corvette C6.R to an accident, still drove on to victory in GTE Pro with the #73 car of Olivier Beretta, Tommy MIlner, and Antonio Garcia. The 73 was a lap down at the 18 hour mark, but made it all back up to take the checkered flag with Garcia at the wheel, following a very strong stint by Milner. Second place in GTE Pro goes to the #41 AF Corse Ferrari, and BMW Motorsport visits the podium at Le Mans with a third-place finish for the #56 BMW M3 GT.

In the LMP2 Class, the leader at the midway point, the #41 Greaves Motorsport entry, drove to victory, followed by the #26 Signatech Nissan and #33 Level 5 Motorsports Lola HPD coupe.

Finally, in GTE Am, another Corvette claims victory: the #50 C6.R fielded by Labre Competition (it was one of last year's factory cars). Labre Competition also took second in the #70 Porsche 911 RSR. Rounding out the GTE Am podium is the #68 Robertson Racing Ford GT, one of the best-looking race cars on the circuit.

The 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans was both thrilling and chilling, and ultimately, all that drama translated into an exciting finish, with a jubilant and depleted Audi squad fending off everything Peugeot could throw at it. On the tenth anniversary of its first Le Mans win, Corvette Racing shook off last year's crushing disappointment at Le Mans with its victory, which also coincides with Chevrolet's centennial.

As the victors enjoy some well-earned celebration, the best auto race on Earth is history. We're already looking forward to next year.


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      Ryan McLean
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awww they didn't tell the story of the Robertson racing Ford GT. For those unaware, it's a husband-wife team (With 1 pro driver, as allowed per amateur class rules, rounding the driving team out) from Georgia, and today is their anniversary! Andrea Robertson is the first female to take the podium since 1931.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan McLean
        Yeah I heard about that, they did mention it on some videos that didn't seem to be part of the normal SPEED coverage, maybe on the second non-corvette stream window? Either way, yea thats awesome. Its already awesome enough that it was husband and wife, but the fact that they WON the 24 HOURS OF LEMANS ON THEIR ANNIVERSARY speaks volumes about how awesome of a wife that is ;)
      R KICKLIGHTER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really exciting to finally have our Corvette (skull killer) when the 24 Hours of Lemans...what a great race for 24 hours...watched almost every minute from start to finish....Next Year...
      Razgriz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Despite losing 2 cars... a well deserved win for Audi. Great (clean & fair) driving by Lotterer, something Davidson and Gere should have a look into.
        xcatchmyshadowx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Razgriz
        what did davidson and gere do?
          Razgriz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xcatchmyshadowx
          They blocked Audi for laps despite blue flags being waved throughout. The best Gere can say after was "there were no blue flags". There were videos of him blocking the #2 with blue flags everywhere on youtube and that is the excuse he can come up with. Same story with Davidson. It is the same story with Davidson every year.
          LEDfoot
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xcatchmyshadowx
          Davidson is the Peugeot driver that basically just railroaded one of the Corvettes off the track (forcing it to retire later because of the damages) last year. He's just a real dipstick
      Warren
      • 3 Years Ago
      Welcome back Corvette
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Warren
        Yep, was happy to see Jake & the Fatman do it again. Jake = BadBoy 'Vette logo Fatman = Danny Binks.. Back on top.
      narcszm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thattaboy, Jake!
      narcszm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Magnussen got the rear end loose when passing Al-Faisal in the Amateur Porsche. Hope Al-Faisal is OK - he left on a stretcher. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_NvgULOK_g
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 3 Years Ago
      yesss, Audi did it, what a great effort with their remaining car! now 2nd in Lemans overall wins: Porsche - 16 Audi - 10 Ferrari - 9 Jaguar - 7 Bentley - 6
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Absolutely unbelievable that both Audi drivers walked away from those crashes- expecially rockenfeller. What a huge testament to how far saftey in racing has come. Both the Audi team and Corvette teams are world-class organizations, and deserve every shred recognition for this achievement.
      Attila_ATF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Incredible Race! Classic Fight with one Audi overcoming huge odds against 4 908's bearing down on them. Really glad I was able to watch most of it. It's just superior racing to most other forms bar none.
      Durishin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great race. Hope to go next year. Driving the AB Beta and you still have to sign-in before you can comment. It doesn't remember who you are, nor does it remember as whom you sign in so you have to select aol, f'book, gmail...and sign in each time. I bet there is also still no way out of the gallery loop and into the blog w/o going back to the front page of the blog.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's sad Corvette won two classes and gets little airtime for it. ACO's decision to emphasize the overall win by putting the overall winner below the podium and putting the overall winners up there for 10 minutes made it so no other winners got any airtime hoisting trophies. Pretty sad. Congrats to Audi, too bad for Labre, Corvette and Greaves.
      se30chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of you who don't get it. They were 6th overall. Fastest of all the gas cars. lol.
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