Audi, Mr. Le Mans do it again — win the 24 hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France -- Audi and Tom Kristensen did it again! Audi and Kristensen, along with his co-drivers Alan McNish and Loic Duval, earned victory in the 90th anniversary running of one of the most prestigious motor-racing events in the world -- the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was ¬†Audi't 12th and Kristensen's ninth wins respectively, and it came on a weekend when the team was challenged to the fullest by its main rival, Toyota, the weather, and the sadness of a death during the opening minutes of the race on Saturday. Kristensen said the race and the win was a testament to his father, but added that his father would have to wait for a race win to be dedicated to him as this race was dedicated to Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen, who past away as the result of injuries suffered in a high speed crash not 10 minutes into the race Saturday. Cloudy, windy, and unpredictable weather was the featured guest at this year's race as it would give racers and crews everything from a light sprinkle to a major shower throughout the week giving team managers a challenge at setting up cars and keeping them in proper racing trim. Additionally, it was not the usual efficient Audi attack of the course with all three cars suffering some sort of an incident during the course of the 24 hours. The No. 1 Audi, also the two-time defending champion, lost a generator motor that out them in the garage for more than hour. The No. 3 car had a lessor problem that also cost it time. Ultimate it was Kristensen, McNish, and Duvall who righted the ship and used a one-lap lead to earn the overall victory, that was tense throughout the entire final hours of the race.  

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