LE MANS, France — First there was tragedy and then on Sunday afternoon came triumph.
Nearly 24 hours after his countryman Allan Simonsen was killed in a wild accident on the third lap of the race, Denmark’s Tom Kristensen made history with his ninth victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Kristensen teamed with Allan McNish and Loic Duval to drive the No. 2 Audi R18 e-tron quarto to victory. It was Audi’s 12th victory in the last 14 runnings of the twice-around-the-clock classic.
It was McNish’s third LeMans victory and the first for Duval.
Toyota finished second with Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Stephane Sarrazin, bringing their No. 8 TS030 Hybrid to the checkered flag on lap behind the winners.
OAK Racing entries took the top two spots in the LMP2 class with Martin Plowman, Bertrand Baguette and Ricardo Gonzalez, coming home ahead of teammates Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson.
Richard Lietz, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas shared the winning Porsche 911 in the LM GTE Pro category, while Jean-Karl Vernay, Raymond Narac and Christophe Bourret brought their Porsche 911 home first in the LM GTE Am class.