Gallery: Audi's 18 years at Le Mans

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As Audi calls time on its LMP1 project, we look back on its remarkable 18 years at Le Mans.

Audi makes its mark – Third and fourth place for the new Joest Racing-run Audi R8R on its debut. 1999 

The beginnings of dominance – 1-2-3 for Audi at just the second attempt. 2000

Audi beats Bentley – Beating a sister brand is nothing new… 2001

Déjà vu – Another 1-2-3 and another win for Emanuele Pirro, Tom Kristensen and Frank Biela, their third in a row. 2002

Beaten by Bentley – Audi manages only third as the works Bentleys, featuring Kristensen and Capello, claim a 1-2. 2003

Back on top – Audi secures four of the first five placings with some star-studded trios. 2004

Kristensen makes it seven – Champion Racing continues Audi’s stellar Le Mans record, beating Pescarolo. 2005

The dawn of the diesel – The new R10 wins in the hands of Pirro, Biela and Marco Werner. 2006 

Back to back – Pirro, Biela and Werner win again to move Audi level with Jaguar on seven wins. Only one R10 finished… 2007

McNish finally wins again – The Scot, Kristensen and Dindo Capello deny the faster Peugeots. 2008

Defeat on R15 debut – Peugeot makes no mistake and the new R15 has no answer to the French pace. 2009

The toughest win – An unlikely 1-2-3 as the Peugeots hit strife, having had the pace to lock out the front two rows in qualifying. 2010

Just 14s – That was the gap between the victorious new Audi R18 of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer and the pursuing Peugeots at the flag. 2011

New rival, familiar result – Toyota replaced Peugeot, but Audi scores a 1-2-3. 2012

Nine for Mr Le Mans – Not even a late puncture could stop the faultless Kristensen, McNish and Loîc Duval. 2013

Trouble all round – An attritional affair, but Audi beats Toyota and new rivals Porsche. 2014

Defeated – Porsche’s pups win a titantic battle, with Audi managing only third. 2015

The last – Third best again, and on the podium only after Toyota broke down eight miles from the flag. 2016

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