Even though the World Cup is in full swing, there was another little sporting event happening over in France. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held every year since 1923 in France. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious races in the world, and certainly one of the most exciting.

This year, once again Audi was the big winner, beating out their biggest contenders Porsche and Toyota, and capturing their 13th win in 15 years (pretty good odds) with the trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler winning their third Le Mans in four years (2011, 2012).

Their Audi No. 2 finished three laps ahead of Audi No. 1 driven by Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene and defending champion Tom Kristensen, (pictured below). Kristensen had been chasing a record-extending 10th Le Mans victory after his triumph last year.

 

Audi has now won 10 of the last 11 races at Le Mans, including the last five.

 

 (All images courtesy Mark Dahncke)