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Audi beats Toyota in battle of hybrids at Le Mans

Audi R18 e-tron quattro claims twelfth victory for the brand at tumultuous 24 Hours of Le Mans

Published: June 23, 2013, 11:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:09 PM

Audi R18 e-tron quattro - Le Mans winner 2013

An Audi R18 e-tron quattro claimed the brand's twelfth Le Mans, victory in the 90th-anniversary running of the 24-hour race today and Tom Kristensen, who shared the winning car with Alan McNish and Loic Duval, won the world's foremost endurance race for a record ninth time.

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But their race was marred by the death off fellow competitor, Allan Simonsen, driving an Aston Martin GTE-class car early in the race, which was plagued by intermittent rain showers right to the end.

It was far from an easy victory for the Audi team, which started the race with cars in the first three positions. But it was one of a pair of Toyota LMP1 racers in second place at the end, on the same lap as the leader until the second-last lap.

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The second Toyota looked good for third until a late-race crash pushed it back to third behind another Audi. The third Audi finished fifth, after losing several laps in the pits to repair a hybrid system failure.

Both the Audis and the Toyotas used hybrid poweplants - the Audis with diesel engines, the Toyotas with gasoline power.