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Porsche Beats Audi at 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/14/2015 Alex Nishimoto

Porsche has put an end to Audi's five-year winning streak at Le Mans, crossing the finish line at the 24-hour endurance race in positions 1 and 2. The last overall win for Porsche came in 1998.

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The #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Nico Hulkenberg, Nick Tandy, and Earl Bamber took the top podium spot. The hybrid LMP1-class racer completed 395 laps, 1 lap ahead of the second-place #17 Porsche piloted by Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, and Brendan Hartley. Audididn't just hand the victory to Porsche, however, with the two manufacturers swapping places throughout the race. The #7 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, and Benoit Treluyer finished third, 2 laps down from the lead Porsche. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The win marks the 17th overall victory at Le Mans for Porsche, securing its status as the winningest manufacturer in the race's history. Though Audi has dominated the last 15 years, Porsche has widened the gap between its VW Group sibling, which has 13 overall wins.

The two Toyota TS040 LMP1 racers finished in sixth and eighth places, with the #1 Toyota suffering contact early on in the race. This year marks Toyota's fourth time contesting the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its hybrid racers without a win. Nissan's unorthodox GT-R LM Nismo racers faced teething problems, with just one out of three completing the race. Because it finished more than 150 laps down from the winning Porsche, the #22 Nissan was not classified. © Provided by MotorTrend

Outside of Le Mans' top class, there were other notable finishing results. The Corvette C7.R scored its first win at Le Mans, with Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin, and Jordan Taylor driving the #64 Corvette to victory in the GTE-Pro class. Corvette Racing will have to defend its title against Chip Ganassi Racing and its Ford GT next year. Actor and Racer Patrick Dempsey made it onto the Le Mans podium for the first time, with his Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR co-driven by Patrick Long and Marco Seefried winning second place in the GTE-Am class.

Source: 24h-lemans.com

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