2008 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 14, 2008
Laps:
381
Fastest Lap:
Sarrazin, 3m19.394
Country:
France
Circuit:
2008 season:
Report

When a heartbroken Allan McNish was asked why he kept coming back to Le Mans after his car retired from a dominant lead on Sunday morning last year, he replied in a low voice, looking directly into the eyes of Motor Sport’s editor: “Because I must win. It’s just got to be done.”

Well, a year on he has done it. Ten years after his debut victory for Porsche, McNish finally ended his Audi Le Mans drought – and did so after the most gruelling battle we’ve seen at La Sarthe this century.

In its third year, Audi’s R10 turbo-diesel didn’t have the pace to run with Peugeot’s similarly-powered 908. “This one I have to say was probably the hardest race I’ve ever lived through because the competition was so strong,” said McNish. “We knew that we couldn’t make a mistake, we knew that if we had any technical problems we would be out, we just had to be perfect. We had one chance, which was when it rained in the morning, and we took that chance and took it very well.”

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