TZ Blogs June 15, 2014 Timezone Feature
Scenes from 24 Heures du Mans 2014
The thrilling 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans went down to the wire in all four categories. The racing was compelling and rivalries intense. The #2 Audi Sport Team Joest of Marcel Fässler (SUI), André Lotterer (DEU) and Benoît Tréluyer (FRA) in LM P1 took overall victory, the trio’s third victory in the world’s most famous endurance race. Their Audi No. 2 finished three laps ahead of Audi No. 1 driven by Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene and defending champion Tom Kristensen.
All three of the leading manufacturers in LM P1 Audi, Porsche and Toyota led an epic 24-hour race at some stage. This is Audi’s 13th victory at Le Mans. Audi has now won 10 of the last 11 races at Le Mans, including the last five.
36 of the 54 starters completed the race, proving once again that finishing the world’s greatest and most renowned endurance race is a challenge in itself. Over 260,000 spectators attended the weekend, the highest figure for 20 years.
The 24 Heures du Mans is organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. Rolex has been the Official Timepiece since 2001.
Specially engraved 24 Heures du Mans Rolex Cosmograph Daytona awarded to the overall winning team
Start of the 24 Heures du Mans 2014
#71 AF Corse and #14 Porsche Team
Ferrari 458 Italia & Porsche 919 Hybrid
LM P2 car #37 SMP RACING
Nissan Oreca 03R
LM GTE Pro car #97 ASTON MARTIN RACING
Aston Martin Vantage V8
Cars exiting the Mulsanne Corner at dusk
LM GTE Pro car #74 CORVETTE RACING
Chevrolet Corvette C7 at sunset
LM GTE Am car #88 PROTON COMPETITION
Khaled Al Qubaisi from the United Arab Emirates driving #88 PROTON COMPETITION.
Porsche 911 RSR (991)
LM P1 car #20 PORSCHE TEAM
Porsche 919 Hybrid
LM P1 car #3 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST
Audi R18 e-tron quattro passing the control tower
Night on the grid
24 Heures du Mans at Sunrise
#7 TOYOTA RACING and #1 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST heading under the Dunlop Bridge at sunrise.
Toyota TS 040 & Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Seven Hours to the Finish
Cars entering the grid
The Finish Line
#2 Audi Sport Team Joest crossing the finish line followed by #1 Audi Sport Team Joest
At the winner’s podium, the #2 Audi Sport Team Joest of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer were each presented with a winning trophy and specially engraved 24 Heures du Mans Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.
#2 Audi Sport Team Joest overall winner of the 82nd 24 Heures du Mans
The 24 Heures du Mans Circuit de la Sarthe
See also Rolex Forum: Scenes from 24 Heures du Mans, 2014
Photos: Rolex / Stephan Cooper & Jad Sherif