Toyota Trumps Audi at Le Mans 24-Hour Race

Audi fans felt their hearts decelerate at this year’s Le Mans 24-Hour race when the #7 Toyota trumped the #1 Audi by 223 seconds. The Toyota TS030 hybrid and the Audi R 18 e-tron Quattro were battling for the title during the grueling endurance race, but Audi simply could not overcome a collision penalty. Remember this Le Mans Ferrari crash?

Le Mans 24-Hour race

Just 223 seconds separated the hybrid race cars, Audi and Toyota, but that can mean worlds in endurance racing!

The cars and drivers:

Toyota TS030 hybrid

Toyota TS030 hybrid
Driven by: Nicolas Lapierre, Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima


Audi R 18 e-tron Quattro
Driven by: André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer (all of which are double victors in this big race)

Le Mans 24-Hour race

The competition had to endure 24 straight hours of racing in hopes of snagging the coveted first-place position and title.

Audi was not able to overcome time lost in a collision penalty with Kazuki Nakajima. The time spent in the pits destroyed their strategy of making one less stop than Toyota during the 24-hour race.

Le Mans 24-Hour race

In the end, Nakajima brought the Toyota hybrid racer over the finish line in front of 32,000 anxious fans, marking the first FIA World Championship win by a Japanese driver since 1992. The victory also marked the second win by Toyota Racing in their first season.

Le Mans 24-Hour race

Toyota #7

Le Mans 24-hour race

Audi #1 car

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