Audi wins 24 Hours of Le Mans

June 12, 2011 - 9:29 AM
France Le Mans 24h Auto Racing

The Audi R18 TDI No2 driven by Benoit Treluyer of France, Andre Lotterer of Germany and Marcel Fassler of Switzerland is seen in action ahead of the Peugeot 908 No7 driven by british Anthony Davidson, Marc Gene of Spain and Alexander Wurz of Austria during the 79th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Vincent Michel)

LE MANS, France (AP) — Audi overcame two crashes and held off a charging Peugeot to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday.

Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer drove the Audi No. 2 to victory, giving the German manufacturer a 10th title in the race.

Audi moved into sole possession of second place for most victories at the world's most famous endurance race. Porsche holds the record with 16 titles. Ferrari is third with nine.

The Audi No. 2 completed 355 laps in 24 hours, leading the Peugeot No. 9 driven by Simon Pagenaud, Pedro Lamy and Sebastien Bourdais by 13.854 seconds.

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LE MANS, France (AP) — Andre Lotterer's Audi No. 2 was leading three Peugeots at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday, giving Audi hopes of defending its title despite losing its other two cars in crashes.

The Audi No. 2 completed 311 laps to lead after 21 hours, one lap ahead of the Peugeot No. 9 driven by Sebastien Bourdais.

Franck Montagny's Peugeot No. 8 was third, three laps behind, and Anthony Davidson's Peugeot No. 7 in fourth, five laps back.

Defending champion Mike Rockenfeller in Audi No. 1 was in second place in the eighth hour Saturday when he crashed trying to pass Ferrari No. 71 driven by Robert Kauffman. Audi had lost one car barely 50 minutes into the race when Allan McNish's Audi No. 3 wrecked after colliding with the Ferrari No. 58 driven by Anthony Beltoise.