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Audi wins 24 Hours of Le Mans despite two horrifying crashes [Video]

June 13, 2011 |  1:11 pm

Audi pulled off a surprising victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday after two of its three turbo-diesel-powered cars crashed in spectacular fashion during the race.

Allan McNish, a two-time winner of the event and a Circuit de la Sarthe master, crashed less than an hour into the race while trying to pass a Ferrari. He managed to walk away from the spectacular crash and, miraculously, none of the photographers or fans near the crash site were injured.

But McNish wasn't the only one to test the durability of Audi's R18 chassis. Mike Rockenfeller, who was part of the driver trio that won the race in 2010, was involved in a huge crash with another Ferrari while approaching 200 mph. He also managed to escape from the crumpled remains of his car before being taken to the hospital.

Both McNish and Rockenfeller are expected to make a full recovery.

Luckily for Audi, its remaining car managed to hold off a challenge from the three remaining factory-backed Peugeots to post its 10th Le Mans victory in 12 years.


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