Hulkenberg wins Le Mans in Porsche one-two

Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:07am EDT
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LE MANS, France (Reuters) - Porsche ended Audi's winning run at the Le Mans 24 Hours race on Sunday with a one-two finish and Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg triumphant at his first attempt.

The German, driving the number 19 works Porsche he shared with New Zealand's Earl Bamber and Briton Nick Tandy, took the chequered flag for the marque's first win at the Sarthe circuit since 1998.

It was Porsche's 17th Le Mans triumph, extending their own record.

The number 17 Porsche of Australian Mark Webber, New Zealand's Brendon Hartley and Germany's Timo Bernhard finished second.

Audi's defending champions Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Faessler completed the podium places in the 83rd edition of the endurance race.

"I'm speechless right now, to be honest," said Hulkenberg before lifting the heavy trophy with the help of his team mates.

"It's amazing to come here, first attempt. Super happy...we wrote history today," added the 27-year-old, the first active F1 driver to win since Britain's Johnny Herbert in 1991.

"We couldn't expect such a thing," said the German, who arrived in Le Mans straight from the Canadian Grand Prix and will be heading to Austria for next weekend's race after a few days off.

The winning trio were the least experienced of the three Porsche works crews, with Hulkenberg completely unfamiliar with Le Mans until testing two weeks ago.   Continued...

Nick Tandy of Britain drives his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 ahead the Audi R18 e-tron quattro number 7 driven by Marcel Fassler of Switzerland, during the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau