One can get blase about the reliability of the cars that emerge from mega-buck factory racing programmes. We've become so used to LMP1 machinery being driven flat-out through the entire duration of the Le Mans 24 Hours without delay that we somehow expect the frontrunners each and every year to have trouble-free runs from green light to chequered flag.
Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich was talking in those terms in the run-up to the race, in the knowledge that his R18 e-tron quattro wouldn't have the speed of Toyota's TS040 HYBRID.
"Le Mans is not just about having the fastest car," he said. "The level of competition is that high this year that there is really no place for small errors."
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