Dr. Ullrich, boss Audi Sport can have the smile under his leadership, the firm from Ingolstadt won 13 of the last 15 editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Man has become an iconic figure of Le Mans: highly respected for his organizational qualities and technological excellence of its cars, but also for his courtesy and sportsmanship. In 2010 when Pescarolo Sport is placed in receivership, it makes a sincere and moving tribute to his great rival of the time: “The 24 Hours without Henry is a lack, because it has given so much at Le Mans. ” The man is also remarkable psychologist and leader of men. In 2011, when Allan McNish car collides at full speed security gates, one sees his face full of anguish on the screens. When the pilot miraculously unscathed self shredded, it has a reflex that may surprise: he applauded … Gradually, his team around him applauded what amounts to a miracle. In a moment he found the attitude that serves to remove the anxiety and focus again on the stroke of the remaining crews. History will show that there was not a moment to lose, as the last of his three cars win the race with 13 seconds ahead of the first of 908 … Dr. Ullrich also smiled as he lived a nice first half 2015: Audi won its first two rounds of the World Endurance Championship (WEC): 6 hours of Silverstone and the 6 hours of Spa. But the races were hard fought and the victory against the Porsche has hung by a thread.
The pulverized lap record
At the time of the first qualifying session of 24 hours, the showpiece of the season, Dr. Ullrich was able to measure the intensity of the threat that went to constitute the Porsche on the prospect of a new success : first thing in the official practice session on Wednesday 10 June, the Porsche # 16 Neel Jani sprayed in 3’16 “887, the lap record held by Stéphane Sarrazin since 2008 (3’18” 513 ). The three Porsche finally trustaient the first three places and Neel Jani relegated the first Audi more than 3 seconds. The big cats incurred by the Stuttgart manufacturer, Mark Webber and Nico Hulkenberg, want to do, obviously, leave no crumb pilots Dr. Ullrich.
The invincible (?) Porsche armada
A grail for Toyota
Except implausible scenario, the victory should therefore not escape one of the two Teutonic manufacturers. Thus, the Japanese Toyota, world’s leading manufacturer, should still Sunday night mulling his incredible misfortune at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s not for lack of perseverance for 30 years and 16 holdings. Toyota have failed four times in front of the top step of the podium (1992, 1994, 1999, 2013). In 1994, Toyota 94CV Irvine-Martini-Krosnoff leads within 2 hours of arrival when a gearbox linkage problem cost him the first place. In 1999, an hour from the end of the race, the TS020 (GT-One) Katayama-Tsuchiya-Suzuki is just one minute from the leaders on which it comes irresistibly. The bursting of a tire at full speed on the Mulsanne Straight aborted his ascent. In 2014, the Toyota-Sarrazin-Wurz Nakajima is comfortably in the lead at 4 in the morning. Electrical problems forced it to retire. Toyota does not win the console WEC championship in 2014 (which earned the privilege of wearing the number 1 in 2015), the Holy Grail, it is the 24 Hours of Le Mans …
The Toyota TS040 Hybrid Buemi, Nakajima-Davidson
Sarrazin will not be Poulidor 24 Hours of Le Mans
Finally Win 24 Hours of Le Mans is even more a matter of honor for Toyota only Japanese car has succeeded and it was, oh outrage, the “small” rival Hiroshima: Mazda (in 1991 auto rotary engine). Quite incomprehensibly, Toyota engages only two cars (three against its German rivals and Nissan), which is a handicap in a demanding test. It is perhaps in this outsider position that Toyota out of the wood finally rewarded for his remarkable loyalty to endurance. But we must recognize that in terms of bad luck, Toyota has enlisted the services of a specialist formidable: the ultra fast Stéphane Sarrazin. With 3-pole position at Le Mans (all three Peugeot), 3 seconds places and 1 third place, the pilot Gard threatens the late Bob Wolleck (4 second places and 2 third places) in its status Poulidor 24 Hours Mans . For the beauty of sport, a win on Sunday Stéphane Sarrazin on the Toyota No. 2 comfortable fulfill motorsport enthusiasts … Even Dr. Ullrich would find comfort in material.