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Audi TechnologyTwelve starts, nine victories

Audi took part at Le Mans for the first time eleven years ago, in the 1999 season. And few other automobile manufacturers have succeeded in racking up the same amount of success in this event that Audi has achieved since then – eight overall victories in eleven attempts are a more than impressive record.

Audi’s Le Mans involvement began 1997 when it was on the lookout for a new sporting challenge after its superior quattro drive system was banned from touring car racing. Audi finished on the podium at Le Mans on its debut appearance with the first Le Mans prototype in 1999, the year in which Audi Sport Team Joest fielded two open- topped Audi R8R. There were also two Audi R8C Coupés in the pack, which were developed by the UK-based Audi subsidiary RTN and were entered by Audi Sport UK.

The Audi R8 dominated the sports car scene between 2000 and 2006, winning 63 races out of the 80 it entered. Audi remained undefeated in Le Mans with the R8 from 2000 to 2002, and Audi Sport Team Joest won three years in a row, thus making Ingolstadt the permanent home of the Le Mans trophy. Audi was represented by customer teams at Le Mans from 2003 to 2005, during which time importer teams from Japan and the USA won a further two victories with the R8 in 2004 and 2005.

The highly acclaimed Audi R10 TDI diesel sports car with engine power of more than 478 kW had its debut in 2006 and promptly made history by becoming the frst race car with a diesel engine to win the endurance race in the history of the event which dates back to 1923. Audi Sport Team Joest went on to repeat this success in 2007 and 2008, rewarding the team with its second hat trick, following on from the run of three wins from 2000 to 2002.

The Audi R15 TDI debuted at Le Mans in 2009 and came third overall. And now Audi intends to bring the trophy back to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm in 2010 with a more advanced version of the vehicle referred to internally as the “R15 plus.”

2010

Audi R15 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest)
1. #9 Timo Bernhard/Romian Dumas/Mike Rockenfeller 397 laps
2. #8 Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Treluyer 396 laps
3. #7 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish 394 laps

2009

Audi R15 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest)
3. #1 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish 376 laps
17.#3 Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Alexandre Prémat 333 laps
- #2 Lucas Luhr/Mike Rockenfeller/Marco Werner 104 laps

2008

Audi R10 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest)
1. #2 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish 381 laps
4. #3 Lucas Luhr/Alexandre Prémat/Mike Rockenfeller 374 laps
6. #1 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner 367 laps

2007

Audi R10 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest)
1. #1 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner 369 laps
#2 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish 262 laps
#3 Lucas Luhr/Alexandre Prémat/Mike Rockenfeller 23 laps

2006

Audi R10 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest)
1. #8 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner 380 laps
3. #7 Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish 367 laps

2005

Audi R8 (Team ADT Champion Racing)
1. #3 Tom Kristensen/JJ Lehto/Marco Werner 370 laps
3. #2 Frank Biela/Allan McNish/Emanuele Pirro 364 laps

Audi R8 (Audi PlayStation Team ORECA)
4. #4 Jean-Marc Gounon/Franck Montagny/Stéphane Ortelli 362 laps

2004

Audi R8 (Audi Sport Japan Team Goh)
1. #5 Seiji Ara/Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen 379 laps

Audi R8 (Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx)
2. #88 Jamie Davies/Johnny Herbert/Guy Smith 379 laps
5. #8 Frank Biela/Pierre Kaffer/Allan McNish 350 laps

Audi R8 (Team ADT Champion Racing)
3. #2 JJ Lehto/Marco Werner/Emanuele Pirro 368 laps

2003

Audi R8 (Team ADT Champion Racing)
3. #6 Stefan Johansson/JJ Lehto/Emanuele Pirro 372 laps

Audi R8 (Audi Sport Japan Team Goh)
4. #5 Seiji Ara/Jan Magnussen/Marco Werner 370 laps

Audi R8 (Audi Sport UK)
– #10 Frank Biela/Perry McCarthy/Mika Salo 18 laps

2002

Audi R8 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
1. #1 Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro 375 laps
2. #2 Dindo Capello/Johnny Herbert/Christian Pescatori 374 laps
3. #3 Michael Krumm/Philipp Peter/Marco Werner 372 laps

Audi R8 (Audi Sport Japan Team Goh)
7. #5 Seiji Ara/Yannick Dalmas/Hiroki Katoh 358 laps

2001

Audi R8 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
1. #1 Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro 321 laps
2. #2 Laurent Aiello/Dindo Capello/Christian Pescatori 320 laps

Audi R8 (Champion Racing)
– #3 Johnny Herbert/Ralf Kelleners/Didier Theys 81 laps

Audi R8 (Johansson Motorsport)
– #4 Tom Coronel/Stefan Johansson/Patrick Lemarié 35 laps

2000

Audi R8 (Audi Sport Team Joest)
1. #8 Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro 368 laps
2. #9 Laurent Aiello/Allan McNish/Stéphane Ortelli 367 laps
3. #7 Christian Abt/Michele Alboreto/Dindo Capello 365 laps

1999

Audi R8R (Audi Sport Team Joest)
3. #8 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro/Didier Theys 360 laps
4. #7 Laurent Aiello/Michele Alboreto/Dindo Capello 46 laps

Audi R8C (Audi Sport Team UK)
– #10 Perry McCarthy/Andy Wallace/James Weaver 199 laps
– #9 Christian Abt/Stefan Johansson/Stéphane Ortelli 55 laps

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