2014 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Round:
3
Laps:
379
Fastest Lap:
Lotterer, 3m22.567
Country:
France
Circuit:
2014 season:
Report

In a sparkling new era of fuel efficiency and high technology, how fitting that Le Mans should be the scene of a 24 Hours that harked back to how it used to be. We’ve taken astounding levels of reliability for granted in recent years, as top-line drivers select sprint mode for the great enduro, despite the length, duration and grind that awaits them. But this time, each of the ‘big three’ proved fallible in a good old-fashioned race of attrition that gripped more than 260,000 people from 3pm to 3pm.

“If you lose five laps it’s almost impossible to get them back,” said Marcel Fässler, reflecting on an unlikely third Le Mans win in four years with partners André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, “but everyone had problems today.”

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