Why Le Mans 2014 was almost a classic

Why Le Mans 2014 was almost a classic

The frontrunners all hit problems, but that added to the race rather than detracted from what GARY WATKINS reckons was very nearly a race to remember

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.

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