Le Mans 24 hours racing picture gallery

Big picture gallery of racing action from the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour race

The 2011 Le Mans 24-hour race will be indelibly etched into the minds of many as one of the most exciting in recent times. The top billing of Audi vs. Peugeot saw a huge build up prior to the race with parochial feelings aired in the paddock for the two heavyweights before a tyre had even turned. While the Audi was superior in aesthetic terms, Peugeot had the upper hand in the economy stakes, requiring fewer refuelling stops than the faster but thirstier German car. Allan McNish started fifth on the grid and put in a storming performance during the first half hour of the race to pilot his Audi through the swathe of Peugeots ahead and claim second place behind team mate Timo Bernhard.  The Scot struck trouble though when attempting to take the inside line on a Ferrari that had held up first-place Bernhard. McNish clipped the slower GT class car, sending his car flying into, and almost over the safety barrier and into the marshalling area before coming to rest upside down in the gravel trap. McNish survived the experience relatively unharmed, walking away from the accident after his car had been righted. As night descended the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller also clipped a Ferrari with a similarly destructive result, his car being reduced to shards of carbonfibre from the impact and Rockenfeller being held overnight in hospital for observation. This left only one Audi still running for the team keen to claim a tenth Le Mans 24-hour title. The LMP2, GTE Pro and Am classes also experienced heavy loses with the inner inspection area of the pits looking like an exotic breakers yard with Aston Martin, Ferrari and Corvette among the brands sitting forlorn and broken from accidents around the track in a race which saw only half of the 56 starters reach the finish line after 24 gruelling hours. In the end Andre Lotterer at the wheel of the No.2 Audi shaded the Peugeot of Sebastian Bourdais by just 13.854sec after 355 laps with a further trio of Peugeots filling the top 5 places.

Click here for a Le Mans car park gallery

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

See the 2011 Le Mans supercar parade

Most Popular

205mph Brabus Rocket 900 revealed – a Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S turned to 888bhp
Mercedes

205mph Brabus Rocket 900 revealed – a Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S turned to 888bhp

The Brabus Rocket is back for 2020, and this time it takes the form of a Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S with extras
23 Oct 2020
BMW M3 CSL v Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R v TVR Sagaris v 981 Porsche Cayman GT4
Features

BMW M3 CSL v Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R v TVR Sagaris v 981 Porsche Cayman GT4

The BMW M3 CSL, Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R, TVR Sagaris and original Porsche Cayman GT4 are all shining examples of the sports car breed. But what is the…
24 Oct 2020
Is this a new Porsche 911 Safari?
Porsche 911 coupe

Is this a new Porsche 911 Safari?

Tall ride height and wheelarch extensions suggest a surprise 911 derivative could be coming
22 Oct 2020
KTM X-Bow GTX racer revealed with 532bhp five-cylinder engine
KTM X-BOW

KTM X-Bow GTX racer revealed with 532bhp five-cylinder engine

Following a glimpse of the GT2 derivative, KTM has now uncovered its X-Bow GTX racer in full 
22 Oct 2020