• LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Andre Lotterer of Germany and driver of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, takes the green flag and leads the field at the start of the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)

  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Andre Lotterer of Germany and driver of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, takes the green flag and leads the field at the start of the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: The crew f the DeltaWing Nissan roll the car ot to the grid piror to the start of the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • The Audi R18 TDI No2 driven by Allan Mac Nish of Scotland, foreground, and the Toyota TS030 Hybrid No8 driven by Stephane Sarrazin of France steers their car in a curve during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
  • The Audi R18 TDI No1 driven by Alexander Wurz of Germany steers his car in a curve during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: The AF - Corse Michael Waltrip Racing Ferrari 458 of Robert Kauffman, Rui Aguas and Brian Vickers in action during Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
  • The Audi R18 Ultra n3 driven by Marc Gene of Spain, Romain Dumas and Loic Duval both of France powers his car ahead of the Toyota n8 and the Audi n2 at the start of the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Andre Lotterer of Germany and driver of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, leads during the opening hour of the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Satoshi Motoyama of Japan drives the #0 DeltaWing Nissan during the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • Nissan-24hrs of Le Mans June 2012 - PatrickGosling/Nissan
  • Nissan-24hrs of Le Mans June 2012 - PatrickGosling/Nissan
  • Nissan-24hrs of Le Mans June 2012 - PatrickGosling/Nissan
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: The Corvette Racing C6 ZR1 of Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • Nissan-24hrs of Le Mans June 2012 - PatrickGosling/Nissan
  • The Audi R18 TDI No1 driven by Andre Lotterer of Germany takes a curve during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
  • The Audi R18 Ultra no4 driven by Oliver Jarvis of Britain is seen in action ahead the Toyota n07 during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Toyota Hybrid No 7 driven by Alexander Wurz of Austria, Nicolas Lapierre of France and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan is seen in action during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Toyota Hybrid no8 driven by Antony Davidson of Britain is seen in action during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 E-Tron no 2 driven by Allan McNish of Scotland, Rinaldo Capello of Italy and Tom Kristensen of Denmark is seen in action during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • Nissan-24hrs of Le Mans June 2012 - PatrickGosling/Nissan
  • The Audi R18 TDI No2 driven by Allan MacNish of Scotland, Rinaldo Capello of Italy and Tom Kristensen of Dennark ahead of the Audi R18 ultra during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: The AF - Corse Michael Waltrip Racing Ferrari 458 of Robert Kauffman, Rui Aguas and Brian Vickers in action during Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
  • Nissan-24hrs of Le Mans June 2012 - PatrickGosling/Nissan
  • Nissan-24hrs of Le Mans June 2012 - PatrickGosling/Nissan
  • Satoshi Motoyama, Nissan DeltaWing driver.
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: The #61 AF Corse-Waltrip Ferrari 458 driven by Rob Kauffman of the United States, Brian Vickers of the United States and Rui Aguas of Portugal during the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • The Lola B12/60 No. 13 driven by Andrea Belicchi of Italy, Harold Primat of Swizerland and Jeroen Bleekemolen of the Netherlands is seen in action during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
  • The Audi R18 Ultra No. 3 driven by Marc Gene of Spain, Romain Dumas and Loic Duval both of France is seen in action at daybreak during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 e-tron No. 1 driven by Andre Lotterer of Germany is seen in action at daybreak during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 e-tron No. 2 driven by Tom Kristensen of Denmark is seen in action at daybreak during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • The Audi R18 e-tron No.1 driven by Andre Lotterer of Germany is seen in action at daybreak during the 80th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 17: Marcel Fassler of Switzerland, Andre Lotterer of Germany, and Benoit Treluyer of France, celebrate in victory lane atop the #1 Audi e-tron quattro after winning the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 17, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 17: Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy, Gianmaria Bruni of Italy, and Toni Vilander of Finland celebrate on the podium after claiming GT class victory in their #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 during the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 17, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
  • The four Audi R18 cars jubilate their win of the 80th 24 hours Le Mans endurance race in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2012, with cars from left, No 1 driven by Andre Lotterrer od Germany and No.2 drivenTom Kristensen of Denmark No.3 driven by Loic Duval of France and No4 driven by Mike Rickenfeller of Germany. Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the eleventh time on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
  • LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 17: The Audi Sport Team Joest R18 E-Tron Quattro of Andre Lotterer (2nd L), Benoit Treluyer (2nd R) and Marcel Fassler (R) celebrate with Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (L) after winning the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 16, 2012 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
  • Audi R18 E-Tron Hybrid n1 driver Andre Lotterer of Germany is seen in action during the last lap ahead of Audi's n2 driver Tom Kristensen of Denmark to win the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2012. It's the first time an hybrid car won Le Mans' endurance race. The 11th victory of Audi at Le Mans with the first three places of the race, with Audi n2 in second and Audi n4 in third. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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With Peugeot's withdrawal from the world's greatest endurance race, everyone was looking to the rookie Toyota team and its two petrol-hybrid TS030 race cars to provide some kind of worthy competition for the two diesel-hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattros and two Audi diesel R18 Ultras. And they did. Five hours from the drop of the green flag, Nicolas Lapierre in the No. 7 Toyota passed Benoit Treluyer in the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro on track to take the lead.

At almost the same time, Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota was getting launched into the air when a GT Pro-class Ferrari turned into him heading into Mulsanne Corner. Both drivers had massive impacts with the tire barrier, ending their races, and Davidson is now lying in the hospital with two fractured vertebra. Worse yet, the second Toyota had fallen to second due to a pit stop during the safety car period, and on the restart it crashed into the Nissan DeltaWing. That DeltaWing's race was ended after a solid run in its experimental class – its biggest issue appeared to be that other drivers couldn't see it. The Toyota returned to the pits for repairs and got back on track, but retired with engine failure about 12 hours in.



That left the four Audis to box for the victory, and they took the boxing seriously, making contact with tire walls, with other cars and with each other before the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by last year's winners Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler took the win, the first Le Mans win by a hybrid-powered car. Second was the No. 2 R18 e-tron quattro of "Mr. Le Mans" Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Dindo Capello, then the two diesel-powered R18 ultras in third and fifth. Nicolas Prost, son of four-time F1 champion Alain Prost, took fourth in a Lola Toyota, breaking up the Audi family.

The LMP2 class win was snagged by Ryan Dalziel in an HPD-Honda, pursued heavily by the Oreca-Nissan team. Giancarlo Fisichella took the AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia to victory in the GT Pro class after having crashed the car so badly on Wednesday that the team had to start the race at the back of the pack; the GT Am Corvettes were beset by mechanical trouble and on-track incidents. Redemption for the home team came from Pedro Lamy in the Labre Corvette C6.R, who claimed GT Am honors ahead of the Imsa Porsche team.

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