LE MANS, France — Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer overcame turbocharger problems to drive Audi to its 13th title at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday.
It was 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.
Audi has won 10 of the past 11 races at Le Mans, including the past five.
"We did like in 2011," Treluyer told Eurosport. "We stayed calm and attacked when we needed to. Andre (Lotterer) really put the pressure on Porsche at the right time."
Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Lapierre took third place at the wheel of Toyota No. 8, five laps off the pace. Pole-sitter Kazuki Nakajima's Toyota No. 7 retired in the 15th hour while leading because of an electrical problem.
"It is heartbreaking," Nakajima told the Toyota Racing website. "Somehow I thought maybe we could make it this time, and then this happens."
NHRA: Defending Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon raced to his first victory of the season, beating points leader Doug Kalitta in the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol, Tenn. Langdon edged Kalitta in the final with a 3.819-second run at 320.51 mph. Tommy Johnson Jr. won the Funny Car final for his first victory since 2007 (4.156 at 302.14), and points leader Erica Enders-Stevens raced to her third Pro Stock win of the year (6.698 at 207.15).