• Jun 14, 2011
#2 Team Joest Audi R18 TDI at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans - Click above for high-res image gallery

We're still sorting through the thousands of images we captured at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, but we had to bring you the photos of the individual class winners before anything else. First up, of course, is the #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 TDI that had to fend off a quartet of Peugeot 908s all alone after the fellow Audi teams suffered massive crashes. The remaining Audi team ran nearly a perfect race, though, and managed to capture the overall victory just seconds ahead of the #9 Peugeot 908.

Next up in the LMP2 class is the #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek powered by a brand new Nissan 4.5-liter V8 engine. After finishing a disappointing 8th in class earlier this year at Spa, the Greaves Motorsport team had a dominating performance, taking the checkered flag ahead of the factory Nissan prototype run by Signatech.

Finally, in the GTE categories, it was a fantastic race for Corvette fans, with the #73 Corvette Racing entry taking the GTEPro class and the #50 Larbre Competition C6.R finishing first in GTEAm. Neither team did extremely well in qualifying, starting 6th and 4th in class respectively, but both teams ran consistently throughout the 24 hours to eventually take the checkered flag.

You can view photos of each car in the high-res galleries below.


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      Vlad Popescu
      • 3 Years Ago
      incredible stuff at le mans this year. and we almost got 24h of f1 too!
      hmmwv
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see those guys coming from the open cockpit R15 to this there will be huge visibility issues, but what a car!
      Turbo 4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now can Speed Channel give this same type coverage of the 24h of Nurburgring? I wish.
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congratulations to Team CORVETTE! Those guys deserve it! I enjoyed watching the SPEED TV interviews with Doug Fehan.
      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you watched the final hours of the race, and how consistent the corvettes were through out the day, you begin to suspect that the 'poor showing' in qualifying was a calculated move to hide fangs... that these beasts had.. all along..
      Dan N
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Audi R18s were clearly faster then the 908s. But endurance racing is much, much more than being faster. The Peugeots have been faster every previous year, but reliability and race tactics were their downfall. This year, it looked like the drivers themselves would be the cause of it. FIA/ACO needs to seriously re-evaluate the GTE Am class. While it's a nice idea, the amateur drivers really make the race quite dangerous.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan N
        The Audi crashes didn't involve GTE Am cars, but GTE Pro cars (58 and 71 Ferraris).
      Svartorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do the 3 LED lights on the side of the Audi mean?
        Dan N
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Svartorn
        Number of lights specify 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their class.
      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome photos. I've saved all of them for my wallpaper haha. Thanks autoblog. Does anyone know what that metal rod is in front of the Audi R18's? Also, if the LED's on the side indicate position, what are the blue LED's that flash on the windshield?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan
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        Amril
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan
        they show the driver when they're being given a blue flag ie must give way to a faster car due to visibility issues late at night
      nugundam93
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing I managed to catch the latter third of the race...and peugeot#7 was really despicable, blocking the audi#2 like he was wanting to scrap both cars. still, it was a really exciting close race. audi's win was well-deserved.
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