Porsche finished 1-2 at the 83rd 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance, thereby ending Audi’s five year winning streak. The three winning drivers are Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg – who is also a Formula 1 driver with Force India.
Porsche 919 Hybrid (19), Porsche Team: Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, Nico Huelkenberg (l-r)
Car No.19, Porsche emerged across the winning post with Nico Hülkenberg at controls while Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber joined him in the race win. No.17 Porsche and No.7 Audi R-18 e-tron Quattro came in second and third respectively.
It was earlier expected whether the Porsche 919 Hybrid would be able to contend in pace and performance with Audi R-18 which proved to be true beyond measure. Porsche not only finished 1-2, but also managed to overthrow Audi without any major disasters on track.
This win at 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans is the first overall trophy for Porsche since 1998 (their 17th overall), while Audi has claimed 13 wins out of past 15. Most of the race saw Porsche and Audi run head to head while a tyre puncture in the No.7 Audi resulted in Porsche getting the lead.
Porsche 919 Hybrid (19), Porsche Team: Nico Huelkenberg, Earl Bamber, Nick TandyPorsche 919 Hybrid (17), Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
Porsche continued to maintain a faster pace as compared to the Audi with Nick Tandy taking lead on Lap 253 on Sunday morning. This win was a first for all three drivers Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber, and Nick Tandy while Audi’s defending champions, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer were third finishing the 395 lap circuit, with 263,500 spectators watched from Saturday afternoon to Sunday in France.