- Sep 26, 2010
With the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is as far as I'm concerned the greatest race on earth, just a few short weeks away, we'll be taking a look at each category in the run up to the big day. First up; Audi.
Early Season Impressions
To be quite honest it should be of little surprise to see an Audi at the top of the championship. Two back to back wins for the #7 entry of Lotterer, Fassler and Treluyer at Silverstone and Spa, two circuits which arguably favoured the slicker Porsches more, is certainly an very ominous reality check for any Toyota or Porsche fans.
Whilst there can be no denying that Porsche holds the edge over the one lap, Audi's race pace, more specifically their ability to maintain their pace whilst double stinting their tyres, has allowed them to outmaneuver and out perform their fellow Germans.
The work over the winter has certainly done Audi the world of good, even if they were far being left in the doldrums at the close of last season. There can be no denying that Audi has the most downforce of any of the LMP1 entries, and - if you believe Alex Wurz - more than any current racing car on the planet, and whilst this caused problems at Silverstone in getting passed the Porsches the Le Mans package raced at Spa seems to bring the best of both worlds.
Add on top of that the now notorious Audi nigh on bulletproof reliabilty, if we put to one side for the moment Bonanomi's mysterious exploding door, the car seems to be almost unstoppable.
Whilst a lot of things can go wrong over 24 Hours of continuous racing, given Audi's speed this season and history at Le Mans, you'd have to be on brave bunny to bet against Audi adding to their 13 Le Mans victories, and even braver to suggest they won't break a record or two in the process. Which car will lead the charge however is another story.
But, if Audi can't outqualify Porsche, the first few hours might be a bit tricker than they'd ideally want...
Do you agree that Audi are the favourites for this years Le Mans 24 Hours? Or do you see a future spanner in the works? Let us know below!
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