We celebrated Audi’s thirteenth consecutive win at 24 Hours of Le Mans. The R-18 E-Tron performed exceptionally well, which should come as no surprise, and our brand actually took both first and second place finishes. Our German siblings were, well, not so lucky. There is other good news to report about success on the race track.
At the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Audi did not just take unremitting pleasure in winning. The event heralded a bevy of firsts for the automaker: it was the first time a Nürburgring winner covered more than 4,000 kilometers with Audi’s squad reaching 4,035.102; Christian Mamero and Rene Rast came out victorious for the first time in this iconic race of endurance; the Audi R8 LMS, the vehicle used for this event, set a distance record of 159 laps.
With this win, Audi won two epic races within one week of each other. We thank Phoenix Racing and the No. 4 Audi R8 LMS Ultra for working diligently to earn the top spot.
Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, congratulated the winners and noted how everyone “saw a true classic this weekend in which all the qualities of endurance racing were crucial: first-class technology, reliable drivers, a good strategy, and a solid team performance. I’m happy that we managed to clinch our second victory in three years against such fierce competition in one of the world’s toughest endurance races.”
This year is not the first time that Audi won at the Nürburgring. In 2012, Ernst Mosers squad won the race through the Green Hell in a GT3 sports car.
Here are the top five place finishers:
- Haase/Mamerow/Rast/Winkelhock (Audi R8 LMS ultra), 159 laps
- Bleekemolen/Simonsen/Menzel/Arnold (Mercedes), + 2m 59s
- Zehe/Hohenadel/Bastian/Engel (Mercedes) 2 laps
- Henzler/Dumbreck/Ragginger/Imperatori (Porsche) 2 laps
- Mücke/Turner/Lamy (Aston Martin) 2 laps