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24 Hours of Le Mans 2013: Audi, Nissan, Porsche rise to the top; Kristensen wins 9th

Photo: www.24h-lemans.com

As the sun rose at Le Mans with roughly 9 hr to go, the No. 2 Audi, piloted by Loic Duval held a nearly 1-lap lead on the first Toyota. With 8:17 left Bruno Senna led GTE Pro in the No. 99 Aston Martin. During the race’s 21st hour Frederic Makowiecki crashed from the lead while driving this car, removing it from competition.

The No. 7 Toyota piloted by Nicolas Lapierre crashed in the Porsche curves nearing the final hour, with his abandoning the vehicle opening up the possibility of exclusion for the team. The wreck brought out a full course caution, the race’s eleventh for a total of almost 6 hr.

The No. 2 Audi remained in the lead with 45 min left, followed by the No. 8 Toyota, and the No. 3 Audi. The Oak Racing No. 35 Nissan led LMP2, with its sister No. 24 running second. The No. 92 Porsche led GTE Pro, followed by the No. 91 from the same team, with the No. 97 Aston Martin running third one lap down. The No. 76 Matmut Porsches continued to lead GTE Am.

Tom Kristensen was in the leading No. 2 Audi when the green flag waved with 30 min of racing left, going for his ninth overall victory. Sebastian Buemi in the No. 8 Toyota unlapped himself by passing Kristensen with about 20 min to go, putting the first and second place cars back on the same lap. The No. 2 victory was McNish’s third and Duval’s first. After the race Duval described Le Mans as “a great race that evokes so many emotions and is so tiring. Now I’ve really got to restrain myself to keep from shedding tears. It was a difficult race in which we unfortunately lost someone (Allan Simonsen). Since last year, the whole team has been giving everything and prepared an outstanding car for us. This is my first Le Mans victory – together with Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish. A really great moment in my career!"

The No. 8 Toyota driven by Anthony Davidson, Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin came in second, followed by Marc Gene, Oliver Jarvis, and Lucas Di Grassi in the No. 3 Audi

The No. 35 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan’s win in LMP2 was the first for each of its three drivers Bertrand Baugette, Ricardgo Gonzalez, and Martin Plowman. OAK Racing took second in class as well, with Nissan sweeping the podium as the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan finished third.

GTE Pro was won by the No. 92  Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey 911 RSR, with the No. 93 car from the same squad finishing second and the No. 97 Aston Martin taking third.

GTE Am victory went to Narac/Bourret/Vernay in the No. 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia’s took second and third.

 

Other notable drivers and their respective finishes include:

 

LMP1

P4: Alex Wurz, Kaz Nakajima – No. 7 Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid

P5: Andre Lotterer – No. 1 Audi Sport Team Team Joest R18 e-tron Quattro

P7: Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld – No. 12 Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota

P8: Cheng Congfu – No. 13 Rebellion

 

LMP2

P2: Alex Brundle – No. 24 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan

P3: Mike Conway – No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan

P7: Brendon Hartley, Karun Chandhok – No. 48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03-Nissan

P8: Lucas Luhr – No. 38 Jota Sport Zytec-Nissan

P10: Jeroen Bleekemolen – No. 34 Race Performance Oreca 03-Judd

P11: Eric Lux, Alexander Rossi – No. 41 Greaves Motorsport Zytec-Nissan

Ret: Scott Tucker, Marino Franchitti, Ryan Briscoe – No. 33 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b

 

GTE Pro

P2: Timo Bernhard, Jorg Bergmeister – No. 91 Porsche AG Team Manthey 911 RSR

P4: Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor, Jan Magnussen – No. 73 Corvette Racing C6 ZR-1

P5: Olivier Beretta, Kamui Kobayashi, Tony Vilander – No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia

P6: Gianmaria Bruni, Giancarlo Fisichella, No. 51 AF Corse

P7: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Richard Westbrook – No. 74 Corvette Racing

P8: Dominic Farnbacher, Ryan Dalziel, Marc Goossens – No. 53 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R

P9: Jonathan Bomarito, Tommy Kendall – No. 93 SRT Motorsports

Ret: Bruno Senna – No. 99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8

Ret: Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy – No. 98 Aston Martin

 

GTE Am

P4: Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster, Patrick Long – No. 77 Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

P5: Ricky Taylor – No. 50 Larbre Competition Corvette C6 ZR-1

P7: Wolf Henzler – No. 67 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

P10: Enzo Pottolicchio, Jason Bright – No. 81 8 Star Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia

P11: Philippe Dumas – No. 70 Larbre Competition

Ret: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson
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