As is so often the case, the 2014 Le Mans was a war of attrition, and Audi managed to prevail once again after all 24 hours had been recorded in the history books, with its Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro claiming first and second places, followed by Toyota in third. Drivers Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer inherited the lead in their No. 2 Audi after the No. 7 Toyota, driven by pole-sitter Kazuki Nakajima, was forced to retire with electrical problems in the 15th hour.

The No. 2 Audi led the race until it was forced to the pits to replace a turbocharger in the 17th hour, allowing the No. 1 Audi, driven by Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene (who was a last-minute replacement for Loic Duval, who crashed hard during practice) and defending champion Tom Kristensen, led the race until the 21st hour, when it too had to pit with turbocharger issues. This gave the No. 20 Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Mark Webber the lead until it was forced off the track with gearbox problems, eventually finishing in 38th position.

In LMP2, the Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan driven by Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey claimed victory, the first five LMP2 finishers all powered by Nissan. Down a level in GTE-Pro, No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 driven by Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella finished one lap ahead of the leading Corvette Racing C7.R. And finally, the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE driven by Kristian Poulsen, David HeinemeierHansson and Nicki Thiim won the GTE-Am race two laps ahead of a Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

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      psarquis
      • 6 Months Ago
      Another victory for diesel at Le Mans!
      lasertekk
      • 6 Months Ago
      A good showing for Ferrari. But as usual, Fox's constant switching of stations made it a pain.
        LW
        • 6 Months Ago
        @lasertekk
        i missed the last hour because they stopped coverage on fox 1 (not sure if they moved it to fox2 or extended it on the same channel, but it said it was motoGP). When I went to check what was recorded, my dvr stayed on fox 1 and when looking at the channel guide, it was a 30min show on it, which I recorded. After catching up with the night's race which I dvr'd the latest show only had the final ceremonial lap with porsche's #14 following the 2 audis..I thought what happened to the toyota, but it turns out to be not exact placement.
      AntBee
      • 6 Months Ago
      This has been my very first time ever watching any part of Le Mans, and I must say, I enjoyed it very much. The cars are incredible! I'd love to see this in person sometime, or maybe travel to Austin to watch the races there in September. I am hooked.
      Rick C.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is it possible for just one year to get ONE broadcaster to cover it completely from start to finish? In my area, they switched to Fox Sports 2 after a few hours on FS1, which is part of a extra $$ sports tier. Then they switched to some mobile or on demand app, it coming with its own restrictions,
        Pj Taintz
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        agreed, I was watching this morning hours 4-1 to go, and the last hour they stopped showing it on FS1 and instead showed some bike race. Absolutely garbage fox, get your sh1t together
          flanders2520
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Made me angry this morning and after reading your comment brought back the reminder. WTF were they thinking? If it had been a close race at the end I would have been really mad. Who goes to another channel that a lot of people can't get at the last hour of the race. Sure missed SPEED TV's coverage this year...it wasn't perfect but was better then what FOX did
          ScottT
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          It seems like it just pissed everyone off. If I'm watching LeMans I have to switch back and forth. If I want to MotoGP, I miss half the race because for some reason they broadcast the ending of LeMans on both channels. Why not just leave Le Mans on FS1 and put the bike race on FS2 in it's entirety. I will say though that I think this race was covered better than last year. At least this year pretty much the whole thing was on cable (I think there was 1 hour missing) as opposed to previous years when half of it was streaming only.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        FWIW, I streamed the whole thing on the LeMans Live website. Interviewers, pit shots, changing in-car shots. Not the best coverage ever, but no subscription or aggravation.
      jonnybimmer
      • 6 Months Ago
      Was a good race, but was disappointed both Toyota and Porsche weren't able to prevent Audi from claiming (yet another) victory. Porsche's 919 was especially disappointing with both cars DNFs. Still, I hope it means both teams will try harder to win next year. Hopefully Toyota won't pull the plug (heh) on this program like they did with their F1 program considering how close they were to finishing higher up. And of course, yet another year with an LMP1 taken out by a GTE Ferrari...
        Aussie Aspie
        • 6 Months Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Give it time. Porsche has only been back for 5 minutes, in a game that's changed massively since they left. You should be amazed in how far they've come in such a short time.
          Hek!
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Aussie Aspie
          Yea, the 919 should be all straightened out by next season. No doubt the R18 will be improved and the TS040 will be even more badass. And Nissan will join too! I'm already counting the days!
      Rick C.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is it possible for just one year to get ONE broadcaster to cover it completely from start to finish? In my area, they switched to Fox Sports 2, which is part of a extra $$ sports tier. Then they switched to some mobile or on demand app, it coming with its own restrictions,
        Kevin Braniff
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        Rick, Daily Motion online and on Roku covered the entire race. The only problem was the voices were out of sync due to technical problems.
        AntBee
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        There was a way to watch the whole race, via VLC (Video Lan Client), for free. There was a link to the network connection on the guy's blog that was posted on one of the Autoblog posts on how to watch the race. All you had to do was have VLC on your computer, copy/paste the network link into it, and voila. That's how I watched it, even the podium presentations and everything.
          mitytitywhitey
          • 6 Months Ago
          @AntBee
          I streamed it as well. The only thing it lacked, IMO, was ground-level shots. They spent a lot of time with the presenters, interviewers in the pits, in-car, and tower shots. But I miss the ground-level shots of the old networks. But, first world problems. Saw whole thing for free, can't complain.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 6 Months Ago
      Audi has squandered its years of dominance in Le Mans in regards to marketing performance diesels (particularly in the US). They now have one more year to promote your TDI prowess. I sincerely hope they make the most of it, as the competition is getting tighter.
      landypd5
      • 6 Months Ago
      Strong opening pace Toyota nice try. Bad luck kills all.
      Tariff The Imports
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nice to see the truck engine Corvettes get beat on again
        Losferatu
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tariff The Imports
        Trolls will troll...and conveniently forget how many times Corvettes have won
          Tariff The Imports
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Losferatu
          Can't handle the fact that the Corvette has sucked it up 2 yrs straight so you need to dwell on what once was.
        jdeli03
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tariff The Imports
        That's like saying the MB C63 has a truck engine, EVERY Mustang ever made has a truck engine, the Infiniti Q70 5.6 has a truck engine. Grow up.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jdeli03
          >mentioning the bastard-child 255 You DO realize that engine was a complete piece of ****, right? I can't think of any Ford fans that like that engine. Also, the 351 Cleveland DID have truck variants, the 351M and 400M. The 429 eventually became the 460, and, surprise, that was a truck engine. The 4.6L SOHC was available in the trucks and the Mustang during the same product cycle, as was a variant of the 4.6L DOHC (03-04 Mach 1 and the 03-05 Aviator). And hell, since we're on the subject, the Coyote happens to have a truck variant, therefore, by your logic, the current Mustang GT has a truck engine just as much as the C7 has a truck engine. Saying the Corvette has a truck engine makes no sense, and you know that. Trying to hide behind the facade of being a Ford fan is a foolish attempt, as you've already said you don't much care for the Blue Oval.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jdeli03
          And I don't recall the 289 being available in any truck either.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jdeli03
          That's not true about the Mustang. 260 wasn't a truck engine. Not the 351 Cleveland, or 428/429 Cobra Jet or Super CJ , or Boss 302/429. Nor was the Fox Body 2.3 Turbo or 255ci V-8...
          Tariff The Imports
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jdeli03
          @ carguy1701 Jdeli03 said EVERY Mustang ever made has a truck engine. I gave examples of Mustang engines that were not available in trucks. The 351M and 400, with their larger main bearings and rod length were not Mustang engines, strictly truck or marine. Sure the 460 was an enlarged 385Series 429, but that engine again was never offered in a Mustang. And I never said the 255 was a good engine. It was another example of a Mustang engine that was not offered in any truck. Yes the Mod and Coyote are both. No argument there.But to refresh, jdeli03 said EVERY and I gave many examples that contradict his claim.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jdeli03
          Your 'claim' has little basis in reality. While the LT1 is part of an engine family that includes truck engines, the LT1 is NOT available in any of the trucks, and quite frankly, I doubt it ever will be, therefore, the LT1 is NOT a truck engine.
        WMB
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tariff The Imports
        Yah ok....drive one and let us know how it feels.
      Losferatu
      • 6 Months Ago
      Now if only Audi could translate the reliability of its race cars to their road cars...
        Hek!
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Losferatu
        I don't buy this. Simply because 99% of all modern cars are extremely reliable, like easily capable of 200,000km or more without any major faults. Most people don't even drive a car that much before they get rid of it.
        Ron
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Losferatu
        My '94 CS Quattro Sport was great when it ran well, which unfortunately wasn't often. Wouldn't take one if they paid me...
          Zcd1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ron
          Right, because NOTHING could have possibly changed in the intervening 20 years.... facepalm
        Joe
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Losferatu
        I'm on my 3rd Audi ('01 A6, '06 A6 4.2 and '14 AllRoad) and I've never been left on the side of the road (knock on wood). I've also never experienced the traditional electric problems experienced by most german car owners (especially Volkswagen). Can't beat it for an everyday driver and the experience!
      LW
      • 6 Months Ago
      Toyota's mistake. If they want to take out their competitor demolition style, they would need more cars then them. Unless they perfected(which they seemed to have) the method of taking them out without taking themselves out.
        Bruce Lee
        • 6 Months Ago
        @LW
        Honestly I think Toyota just needs to field more cars like Audi does, it gives you a lot of redundancy in case you wipe out a bunch of cars.
        Soccer Mom
        • 6 Months Ago
        @LW
        Ferrari took out Audi. Toyota crashed in order to avoid taking out Audi.
          flanders2520
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          You are only telling half the story. The No. 8 Toyota came into the traffic to fast and ended up hitting the Ferrari which then hit the No. 3 Audi
      free_spirit
      • 6 Months Ago
      i said it before it was justToyota's bad luck if everything in normal both Toyota should be seen 1st and 2nd anyway this will be the start to always see Toyota at the podium of the 24 hrs Le-Mans maybe the next year will do what they fail to did today amazing achievement for TOYOTA TS 040 - HYBRID (NO.08) after the accident and been out for nearly total hour to be at the podium on 3rd place Porsche & Audi playing it safe without extra push and wait the perfect time they are much more well organized and better knowledge in these field with Peugeot hard luck for Toyota this 24 hrs Le Mans and i am sure the world will soon see the benefits of hybrid sport cars with capacitors and dual hybrid architecture soon 2015 Le-Mans seems to be even better than this with rumors another car OEMs may enter the only confirmed until today is just Nissan
        jdeli03
        • 6 Months Ago
        @free_spirit
        Reliability problems is not bad luck; it just reliability problems. Le Mans is about speed and reliability. Toyota just didn't have the complete package. Car #3 had bad luck. When you are taken out by a reckless GT car in the rain, that's bad luck.
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