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Ullrich: we proved we're not idiots

Audi swept to a ground-breaking victory in Le Mans on Sunday to become the first manufacturer to win the 24 Hours race with a diesel-powered car.

The triumph completed a three-year project which Audi's Head of Motorsport, Doctor Wolfgang Ullrich, had described as the toughest challenge the company had faced.

"People thought we were crazy to attempt to win with a diesel powered car but we just wanted to show that it was possible," said Ullrich.

"There was a lot on our shoulders. After all the talk, it is difficult not to look the idiots, but we proved today that we are not idiots. This is a very important day for motorsport."

Audi led every lap, as the diesel cars enjoyed greater fuel economy and proved quicker than their petrol-powered rivals.

It was the German company's sixth victory in the past seven attempts.


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