Audi claimed its fourth win on the trot in an emotionally-charged Le Mans 24 Hours

Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval secured Audi’s fourth consecutive outright victory in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour. In doing so, the German marque continued its remarkable domination at the iconic race, with twelve outright wins from the past fourteen events.

In front of 245,000 spectators, Tom Kristensen racked up a record ninth outright victory, further stretching his unprecedented success in the race. The emotional Dane dedicated the victory to his fallen countryman, Allan Simonsen, who was tragically killed in an early-race accident. Allan McNish, who shared driving duties in the victorious #2 Audi R18, took his third victory in the prestigious event, while Frenchman Loïc Duval stood on the top step of the podium for the first time.

LMP1 Class

All eyes were on the front of the field as Audi and Toyota locked horns in a much anticipated battle. As mentioned, the #2 Audi Sport Team Joest machine claimed outright victory, as well as LMP1 honours. The winning entry took the lead as night fell over the Circuit de la Sarthe, as the sister #1 and #3 R18’s struck trouble in a matter of minutes. The combination of Kristensen, Duval and McNish preserved the lead for the remainder of the race, and took the chequered flag with a lap in hand.

Toyota kept himself in the hunt by dint of its superior fuel capacityA determined Toyota outfit threatened to spoil the party in the opening laps of the race, as Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Lapierre went on the attack in greasy conditions which suited the Toyota TS030’s throughout the race. However, as was predicted, the Audi entries had the superior race pace, and gradually gained the ascendency throughout the opening hours of the event.

Both Toyotas were able to remain within striking distance of the #2 Audi in the closing hours as a result of their significant fuel capacity advantage; however the #7 entry piloted by Lapierre left the road during a heavy shower, and Sebasitien Buemi’s attempt to catch Kristensen in the #8 TS030 was in vain. Buemi, sharing the driving duties with Anthony Davidson and Stephane Sarrazin, managed to secure second position overall for the Japanese marque.

The final podium position was collected by the #3 Audi R-18 e-tron Quattro, with Marc Gene, Oliver Jarvis and Lucas Di Grassi forced to spend the second half of the race recovering from an early puncture.

Strakka Racing HPD took the privateer LMP1honours with the all British combination of Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts piloting the #21 machine.


2013 Le Mans 24 Hours – LMP1 Class Final Classification:

Pos # Entry Drivers Result
1. 2. Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron Quattro Tom Kristensen
Allan McNish
Loïc Duval

348 laps
2. 8. Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid Anthony Davidson
Stéphane Sarrazin
Sébastien Buemi
347 laps
3. 3. Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron Quattro Marc Gené
Oliver Jarvis
Lucas di Grassi

347 laps
4. 7. Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid Alexander Wurz
Nicolas Lapierre
Kazuki Nakajima

341 laps
5. 1. Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron Quattro André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Marcel Fässler
338 laps
6. 21. Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03C Honda Nick Leventis
Jonny Kane
Danny Watts
332 laps
40. 12. Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota Nicolas Prost
Neel Jani
Nick Heidfeld

275 laps
41. 13. Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota Mathias Beche
Andrea Belicchi
Congfu Cheng

275 laps

The Toyota-Audi battle waged all race


The French-based OAK Racing outfit was exemplary throughout the race, and they accordingly achieved an impressive one-two finish in the LMP2 class. The #35 Morgan-Nissan, steered by Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez, claimed victory after completing 329 laps over the 24 hours.

Olivier Pla/David Heinemeier Hansson/Alex Brundle, OAK Morgan-NissanFinishing a strong second was the #25 OAK Racing machine, with Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson recording almost identical lap times to the triumphant sister car throughout the race. Rounding out the LMP2 class podium was the G-Drive Racing prepared ORECA-03, with Roman Rusinov, IndyCar racewinner Mike Conway and Australian John Martin at the wheel.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing in the closing stages of the race, as the class leader and eventual winner, Bertrand Baguette, spun his machine when track conditions became extremely slippery during a torrential downpour. The #36 Alpine A450, representing the iconic French marque, was unable to achieve a fairy-tale podium finish on the manufacturer’s return to Le Mans, eventually placing 15th overall.

2013 Le Mans 24 Hours – LMP2 Class Final Classification:

Pos # Entry Drivers Result
7. 35. OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan Bertrand Baguette 
Martin Plowman
Ricardo González

329 laps
8. 24. OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan Olivier Pla 
Alex Brundle
David Heinemeier Hansson
328 laps
9. 26. G-Drive Racing ORECA 03 Nissan Roman Rusinov 
John Martin
Mike Conway

327 laps
10. 42. Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan Michael Krumm
Jann Mardenborough
Lucas Ordóñez
327 laps
11. 49. Pecom Racing ORECA 03 Nissan Luís Pérez Companc
Pierre Kaffer
Nicolas Minassian

325 laps
12. 43. Morand Racing Morgan LMP2 Judd Natacha Gachnang
Franck Mailleux
Olivier Lombard

320 laps
13. 48. Murphy Prototypes ORECA 03 Nissan Brendon Hartley
Karun Chandhok
Mark Patterson

319 laps
14. 38. Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan Simon Dolan
Oliver Turvey
Lucas Luhr
319 laps
15. 36. Signatech Alpine A450 Nissan Pirerre Ragues
Nelson Panciatici
Tristan Gommendy
317 laps
19. 34. Race Performance ORECA 03 Judd Michel Frey 
Patric Niederhauser
Jeroen Bleekemolen

314 laps
24. 41. Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan Alexander Rossi
Tom Kimber-Smith
Eric Lux

307 laps
33. 40. Boutsen Gnion Racing ORECA 03 Nissan Thomas Dagoneau
Matt Downs
Rodin Younessi

300 laps
39. 39. DKR Engineering Lola B11/40 Judd Olivier Porta
Romain Brandela
Stéphane Raffin
280 laps
NC. 33. Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03B Honda Scott Tucker 
Marino Franchitti
Ryan Briscoe
242 laps
DNF. 46. Thiriet by TDS Racing ORECA 03 Nissan Pierre Thiriet
Ludovic Badey
Maxime Martin
310 laps
DNF. 45. OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan Jacques Nicolet
Jean-Marc Merlin
Philippe Mondolot
FRAFRAFRA 246 laps
DNF. 47. KCMG Morgan LMP2 Nissan Alexandre Imperatori
Matt Howson
Ho-Pin Tung

241 laps
DNF. 32. Charouz Lotus T128 Praga Thomas Holzer 
Dominik Kraihamer
Jan Charouz

219 laps
DNF. 30. HVM Status GP Lola B12/80 Judd Johnny Mowlem 
Tony Burgess 
Jonathan Hirschi

153 laps
DNF. 25. Delta-ADR ORECA 03 Nissan Tor Graves 
Archie Hamilton
Shinji Nakano
101 laps
DNF. 28. Gulf Racing Middle East Lola B12/80 Nissan Fabian Giroix 
Philippe Haezebrouck
Keiko Ihara
22 laps
DNF. 31. Charouz Lotus T128 Praga Kevin Weeda 
James Rossiter
Christophe Bouchut

17 laps

Olivier Pla/David Heinemeier Hansson/Alex Brundle, OAK Morgan-Nissan

GTE-Pro Class

A one-two finish for Porsche appeared to be a far-fetched dream for the German marque before the race; however the Porsche AG Team Manthey outfit did exactly that. In what turned out to be an extremely closely fought class, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Romain Dumas claimed victory in the #92 Porsche 991 GT3-RSR.

With only hours remaining, the #97 Aston Martin Racing entry threatened to steal an emotional win with Darren Turner at the wheel. However, their decision to switch to wet tyres during the torrential downpour backfired, and the two Porsche entries benefited by remaining on dry tyres as the field backed up behind the safety car.

Second in the GTE Professional class was the #91 Porsche AG Team Manthey entry piloted by Jorg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Pilet. Aston Martin Racing did manage to snatch the final place on the podium, with Darren Turner, Peter Dumbreck and Stefan Mucke sharing the team’s only finishing car.

The British team appeared set to take a touching win for Allan Simonsen, who died piloting a sister entry only hours earlier. However, Frederic Makowiecki destroyed his class leading #99 Vantage GTE at the second Mulsanne chicane on Sunday morning to the devastation of all in the garage.

2013 Le Mans 24 Hours – LMGTE Pro Class Final Classification:

Grid # Entry Drivers Result
16. 92. Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR Marc Lieb
Richard Lietz
Romain Dumas

315 laps
17. 91. Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR Jörg Bergmeister
Patrick Pilet
Timo Bernhard
DEUFRADEU 315 laps
18. 97. Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Stefan Mücke
Darren Turner
Peter Dumbreck
314 laps
20. 73. Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Antonio García
Jan Magnussen
Jordan Taylor

312 laps
21. 71. AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Olivier Beretta
Kamui Kobayashi
Toni Vilander

312 laps
22. 51. AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Gianmaria Bruni
Giancarlo Fisichella
Matteo Malucelli

311 laps
23. 74. Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Richard Westbrook
GBRGBR 309 laps
25. 53. SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R Dominik Farnbacher
Marc Goosens
Ryan Dalziel

306 laps
32. 93. SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R Kuno Wittmer
Tommy Kendall
Jonathan Bomarito

301 laps
35. 66. JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Andrea Bertolini
Abdulaziz al Faisal
Khaled al Qubaisi

300 laps
DNF. 99. Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Frederic Makowiecki
Bruno Senna 
Rob Bell
248 laps
DNF. 98. Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Paul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Bill Auberlen

221 laps

Neither of the AF Corse GT-Pro Ferraris finished on the podium

GTE Amateur

The all-French combination of Raymond Narac, Christophe Bourret and Jean-Karl Vernay took LMGTE Amateur honours for IMSA Performance Matmut. The French team ended their five-year winless drought at the Circuit de la Sarthe, with their last win coming in 2007.

AF Corse reserved the final two podium positions in the class, with the #55 and #61 entries taking second and third respectively in the beautifully presented Ferrari 458 Italias. Aston Martin Racing briefly led the class with Allan Simonsen at the wheel of the #95 machine; however the Dane fatally crashed in the opening laps of the race.

Hollywood actor-turned-racer Patrick Dempsey narrowly missed a podium finish in the all-American #77 Porsche 997, while V8 Supercar regular Jason Bright finished the race in 38th overall and 10th in the GT Amateur class.

2013 Le Mans 24 Hours – LMGTE Am Class Final Classification:

Grid # Entry Drivers Result
26. 76. IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Raymond Narac
Jean-Karl Vernay
Christophe Bourret
FRAFRAFRA 306 laps
27. 55. AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Darryl O’Young
Lorenzo Casè

305 laps
28. 61. AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Jack Gerber
Matt Griffin
Marco Cioci

305 laps
29. 77. Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Patrick Dempsey
Joe Foster
Patrick Long
305 laps
30. 50. Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Patrick Bornhauser
Julien Canal
Ricky Taylor
FRAFRA 302 laps
31. 96. Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Roald Goethe
Jamie Campbell-Walter

Stuart Hall
DEUGBRGBR 301 laps
34. 67. IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Pascal Gibon
Patrice Milesi
Wolf Henzler
300 laps
36. 88. Proton Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Christian Reid
Gianluca Roda
Paolo Ruberti
DEU 300 laps
37. 75. Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Emmanuel Collard
François Perrodo
Sebastien Crubilé
FRAFRAFRA 298 laps
38. 81. 8Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Enzo Potolicchio
Rui Águas
Jason Bright
294 laps
42. 70. Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Cooper MacNeil
Manuel Rodrigues
Philippe Dumas
FRAFRA 268 laps
DNF. 54. AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Yannick Mallégol
Jean-Marc Bachelier
Howard Blank
FRAFRA 147 laps
DNF. 57. Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Tracy Krohn
Niclas Jönsson
Maurizio Mediani

111 laps
DNF. 95. Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Allan Simonsen
Christoffer Nygaard
Kristian Poulsen
2 laps

Danish flags flew at half-mast out of respect for the passing of Allan Simonsen

Tragically, the 90th anniversary of the race will forever be remembered for the death of Allan Simonsen, the first fatality in the race since 1986. Everyone at sends their condolences to Simonsen’s family, friends and colleagues during this exceedingly difficult time.

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