24 Hours of Le Mans ends with broken records [spoilers]
Audi has claimed its fourth consecutive and 12th overall victory at Le Mans, with drivers Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval crossing the finish line one lap ahead of the No. 8 Toyota TS030. The race was incredibly close at the end – after 23 straight hours of competition, the leading Audi and Toyota cars were on the same lap before Kristensen was able to pass Sebastien Buemi's Toyota with just minutes remaining to win by one lap over his rival.
For those keeping track of such things, this victory marks Kristensen's ninth career win at Le Mans, which is an extension of the record he already owned. Kristensen dedicated his win to fellow Danish driver Allan Simonsen, who died as a result of injuries sustained on the fourth lap of the race.
Buemi finished in second position overall, giving Toyota its best-ever result at Le Mans. Third place was snatched by the No. 3 Audi driven by Lucas Di Grassi, Marc Gene and Oliver Jarvis.
In LMP2, Oak Racing's Nissan-powered Morgan racers came in first and second, followed by G-Drive Racing's Oreca, also powered by Nissan.
The LMGTE Pro class was won by the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR, followed by the No. 91 Porsche and No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage V8. Corvette Racing finished fourth with its No. 73 C6-ZR1 while their fellow Americans from SRT Motorsports finished in eighth and ninth positions in their brand-new Viper GTS-R racers.
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