Last week a pair of Porsche 919 Hybrids set a new qualifying lap record ahead of the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans, leaving everyone to wonder if that performance would translate to the main event. Well it certainly did, with both Porsche 919 Hybrids holding off the pair of long-dominant Audi R18 e-tron race cars to take a 1-2 victory in a race that had been dominated by the four-ring brand.
The #19 Porsche 919 of Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber, and Nick Tandy took the first-place victory, followed by the #17 car, marking the first Le Mans race since 2009 when an Audi didn’t take the checkered flag. In the lower GTE class, Corvette Racing took him the much-vaunted win, while the trio of Nissan GT-R LM race cars fought mechanical woes and were consistently 20 seconds behind pace setters like the Porsche and Audi teams.
Porsche was gracious in its loss to Audi last year, and it’ll be interesting to see if Audi can return the favor without being dickish about it. I hope Audi sticks around in WEC, because this is looking like the beginning of a very entertaining motorsports rivalry.
Just don’t call it a comeback.