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2012 24 Hours of Le Mans – The Grid Is Set With Audi On Top

Photos: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

The grid is set for the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Audi is once again on pole position with their R18 e-tron quattro.  Audi claimed spots 1-2-4-6 with Lotterer leading the way with a lap time of 3:23.787 in the #1 R18 e-tron quattro which is nearly two seconds faster than last year’s pole time set by Benoît Tréluyer in an R18 TDI.  This marks the first time a hybrid car has been on pole at Le Mans.

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2012 24 Hours of Le Mans: ACO/FIA Announce Hybrid Braking Zones

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have announced the hybrid braking zones for the upcoming 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, held at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 16-17.   These specifically created ERS zones will allow the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro and Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 prototypes to recover lost energy under braking.

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Breaking – Peugeot Suspends Le Mans LMP1 Program

Photo: Zerin Dube

Peugeot has announced that it has suspended all endurance racing programs effective immediately.  Citing tough economic conditions in Europe, Peugeot stated “Peugeot has chosen to concentrate resources on its sales performance in 2012.”  Peugeot was the overall winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009 and won the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup title last year, besting Audi’s efforts with the new R18.   While 2012 and 2013 will see its share of new competitors including the new Toyota and Porsche LMP1 entries, we are sad that we won’t get to see the powerhouse French and German teams battling it out again this year in the World Endurance Championship.

Update: Speaking of Toyota and their new LMP1 program, @ToyotaPR (Head of Toyota and Lexus PR for the UK) tweeted this photo of their new racecar.