Few races in recent history have highlighted the endurance aspect of racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans the way this year's race did, from a devastating crash in qualifying, to turbo replacements on the fly, to crashes in the rain, and more. Add in a tough new competitor in Porsche and Toyota's prototypes and drivers looking fiercer than ever, and all bets were off from the moment the checkered flag waved.
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But despite all of its troubles, despite all hopes of a podium, much less a win, seeming out of reach after just the first eight hours, Audi's three teams kept pushing at maximum. And the race came back to them.
This video highlights everything the now 13-time winners of Le Mans went through on their 3,209.8-mile journey to a one-two finish atop the podium. It also highlights the spirit of endurance, the spirit of racing, and the joy of winning.