A new high-tech era dawned with the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours at the weekend, yet this year's race had a decidedly old-school feel.
This was a Le Mans where each and every factory LMP1 car encountered problems, where there were fightbacks galore and where the order continually reshuffled. And out of it all, Audi came through to notch up victory number 13 in the great race.
Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer scored a third victory in four years aboard the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro because they, of all the factory entries, encountered fewest problems. Or rather wasted least time sitting in the pits.
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.