Only Audi knew just what they were capable of ahead of this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, and the German squad will have taken a great deal of satisfaction from fooling a lot of people in France on Sunday.
This was billed as Audi's big test, as they finally had a full factory opponent to take on. Despite all of the hype surrounding Peugeot's return to Le Mans, it was the German national anthem that rang out after the race, as Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner repeated their victory from one year ago.
But while Audi's dominance in the race left a lot of people shocked, it would be unfair to include Peugeot in that group. The French team had made it clear that they would be happy to just finish the race this year, and it was only their impressive performances in the pre-race test and qualifying that led people to expect more of them.
Sebastien Bourdais had set a blistering pace in the test two weeks before the race, and after Stephane Sarrazin came out on top in a qualifying duel with Allan McNish, a lot of people were gearing up for a classic Le Mans battle.