Le Mans victory for Porsche

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PORSCHE have made a momentous return to the podium and the world stage by winning Le Mans, unseating Audi from the top spot they had owned for five years.
The endurance racing throne was stolen away from Audi by the Porsche 919 Hybrids of Nico Hulkenburg, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber in car 19, followed in second place by Mark Webber’s team in the other 919.
Not since 1998 have Porsche taken the winner’s spot. After dominating Le Mans throughout most of the 80s and 90s, their reign ended with Audi stamping their authority on the sport in recent years, winning 13 from the last 15 titles.
The incredible drive from the F1 driver Nico Hulkenburg also saw him recorded as the first driver still racing in F1 to win since Britain’s Johnny Herbert in 1991 – a feat that left him “speechless” after the race.
Teammate Nick Tandy was also elated with the win as he told the BBC: “I could retire from racing tomorrow and look back on today and I am sure I would be happy for the rest of my life.”


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