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The epic finale to the Le Mans 'diesel wars' - 10 years on
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The epic finale to the Le Mans 'diesel wars' - 10 years on

The latest entry in our My Favourite Race series looks back at one of the closest finishes in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which also marked the final heavyweight encounter between Audi and Peugeot.

Mazda announces IMSA line-ups for 2020 season

Mazda Team Joest has confirmed its 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship driver line-ups, with IndyCar ace Ryan Hunter-Reay coming on board for all four long-distance endurance events.

Hunter-Reay set to race for Mazda in Rolex 24

IndyCar ace Ryan Hunter-Reay appears set to join Mazda Team Joest for the first round of the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Mazda's IMSA streak a result of "relentless effort"

Mazda Team Joest’s recent winning streak in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the result of "two-and-a-half years of tenacity" according to Multimatic Motorsport boss Larry Holt.

Bomarito on Mazda's Watkins Glen 1-2: “We just had to be perfect”

Jonathan Bomarito, who along with Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla led a Mazda Team Joest 1-2 in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen yesterday, says the RT24-Ps were so fast that fulfilling their potential came down simply to “execution”.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Mazda breaks its curse, scores 1-2

Mazda Team Joest scored a brilliant 1-2 in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla’s #55 car leading the #77 of Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Timo Bernhard to end more than five years of heartbreaking near-misses in emphatic style.

Jarvis: Mazda's first win more important than title bid

Mazda Team Joest securing its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory is more important than launching a bid for title honours this season, says Oliver Jarvis.

Detroit IMSA: Tincknell’s Mazda leads raceday warm-up

Harry Tincknell in the #55 Mazda RT24-P delivered a late flyer to usurp the two Acura ARX-05s and top warm-up for Saturday’s Detroit IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round.

Hunter-Reay replaces Tincknell at Mazda for Mid-Ohio

IndyCar star Ryan Hunter-Reay will return to IMSA action next weekend at Mid-Ohio when he stands in for Harry Tincknell at Mazda Team Joest.

Jarvis “devastated” as Mazda unreliability strikes again

Rolex 24 polesitter Oliver Jarvis says he’s “devastated” that reliability woes have again wrecked Mazda’s Daytona challenge, after both RT24-Ps suffered problems almost simultaneously in the seventh hour of the race.

Mazda in “completely different stratosphere” at Daytona in 2019

Mazda Team Joest ace Harry Tincknell says that he’s expecting race wins and championship contention after the “huge” shift in the team dynamic in the RT24-P’s third season.

Bernhard, Pla join Mazda IMSA endurance lineup

Mazda Team Joest has bolstered its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver line-up for the 2019 season, with Timo Bernhard and Olivier Pla joining its roster.

Di Grassi, Franchitti to race for Mazda at Petit Le Mans

Formula E star Lucas di Grassi will make his first prototype start since Audi's withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship in this month's Petit Le Mans IMSA season finale.

Mazda confident in Sebring pace despite penalty

The two Mazda Team Joest RT24-Ps have been sent to the back of the Prototype field but John Doonan of Mazda is expecting the cars to be “in the hunt” in the closing stages of the 66th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

Mazda upbeat despite disastrous Rolex 24 showing

Mazda Team Joest believes the latest version of its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship contender showed major signs of promise despite a torrid debut in last weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Jarvis: Mazda title challenge “a step too far” in 2018

Oliver Jarvis says the relative newness of the Mazda Team Joest partnership probably means it will struggle to beat the Cadillac squads over the course of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship this year.

Rolex 24: Rast tops opening practice for Mazda

The Joest Mazda team claimed the top spot in first free practice for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Mazda Team Joest optimistic ahead of Rolex 24

Directors and drivers in Mazda Team Joest are positive that the progress and reliability the relatively new squad showed in the Roar Before the 24 test suggests they can land a strong result this weekend at Daytona.

Jarvis: “It’s a dream” to be racing in the USA

Mazda Team Joest signing Oliver Jarvis says that it’s been a long-held ambition for him to race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Tincknell: “No hiding place” for Mazda in 2018

Harry Tincknell believes Mazda has no excuses not to succeed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship next year, with multiple Le Mans-winning outfit Joest Racing running its cars.

Mazda Team Joest reveals IMSA line-up for 2018

Mazda Team Joest has revealed a revised full-time line-up for its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship assault next year, while Spencer Pigot and Rene Rast will join for the four endurance events.

Rast set for IMSA enduro outings with Mazda Team Joest

DTM champion Rene Rast is close to confirming potential outings with the new Mazda Team Joest IMSA outfit, has learned.

Nunez, Bomarito begin Mazda testing with Joest

Joest Racing had its first test with the Mazda RT24-P at Hockenheim on Tuesday with Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez running the Hockenheim short course.

Kristensen: Lack of Audi challenge does not devalue Le Mans action

Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen says the absence of an Audi LMP1 challenge at this year’s event will not devalue the quality of racing.

Di Grassi says 2017 Le Mans return "highly likely"

Lucas di Grassi says he is "highly likely" to compete in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, in either LMP1 or GTE Pro.

Top Stories of 2016, #3: Audi's endurance racing exit bombshell

Taking the bottom step of the podium on our biggest motorsport stories of the year countdown, it's the shock news of Audi's withdrawal from WEC and the Le Mans 24 Hours after 18 incredible seasons of competition.

Remembering Michele Alboreto

A good racer and a fine gentleman is how most people will recall Michele Alboreto, who would have turned 60 today. David Malsher pays tribute to his hero.

Analysis: Is this what the 2017 Audi would've looked like?

Audi has offered a glimpse into how its 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship contender could have appeared had the marque stayed in LMP1.

Duval, Rast join Audi DTM squad for 2017 season

Loic Duval and Rene Rast have been drafted into Audi’s DTM line-up at the expense of Miguel Molina and Adrien Tambay.

Duval waiting on Audi decision after DTM test outing

Loic Duval says he is waiting on a decision from Audi about his future after testing the German marque’s DTM car last week at Jerez.'s Top 10 LMP1 drivers of 2016

Audi's final season in sportscar racing was one to cherish, with the quality of the racing and the competition in the FIA WEC's LMP1 class as good as ever in 2016. Sam Smith and Jamie Klein pick out their 10 standout performers.

WEC LMP1 season review: The golden age continues

From the pain of Toyota's Le Mans heartbreak to the joy of Audi's farewell win in Bahrain, the 2016 FIA WEC season was never short of talking points. Sam Smith takes a look back at a rollercoaster year for the global sportscar series.

Audi drivers emotional after taking farewell victory in Bahrain

Audi WEC drivers Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis and Lucas di Grassi were left struggling to hide their emotions after taking the Ingolstadt marque’s final endurance racing win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

Bahrain WEC: Audi signs off with victory, Porsche takes title

Audi secured a one-two finish in its final FIA World Endurance Championship race in Bahrain, as the #2 Porsche crew of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb did enough to seal the drivers' title with a sixth-place finish.

Bahrain WEC: Audi takes pole for farewell race

Audi will start its final race in the FIA World Endurance Championship from pole position, as the #8 car of Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval beat the Porsches to the top spot in qualifying.

Audi "didn't deserve" to stay in title contention – di Grassi

Lucas di Grassi says Audi “didn’t deserve” to win the FIA World Endurance Championship title in its final year of competition, as its R18 cars suffered too many reliability problems.

Shanghai WEC: Audi leads Toyota in final practice

Audi topped the third and final practice session for the WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai, Oliver Jarvis putting the #8 machine three tenths clear of the leading Toyota.

Chatin to replace Giovinazzi in LMP1 rookie test

LMP2 star Paul-Loup Chatin will drive Audi's LMP1 machinery in FIA WEC's post-season test in Bahrain, standing in for original pick Antonio Giovinazzi.

Opinion: And then there were two - what next for LMP1?

Audi's sudden departure from endurance racing will have come to a wake-up call to the FIA World Endurance Championship - but the series can still thrive in future if it adapts to a changing landscape, writes Jamie Klein.

Di Grassi: WEC title would be perfect Audi send-off

Audi driver Lucas di Grassi says a final flourish to challenge for the FIA World Endurance Championship title would be the best possible way for the German giant to bow out of endurance racing in style.

Four rings of wonder: The end of the Audi era

A mainstay of endurance racing since the turn of the century, it's not easy to imagine WEC and the Le Mans 24 Hours without Audi. Sam Smith looks back on an era-defining stint at the top level for the Ingolstadt brand.

WEC responds to Audi withdrawal: "Others will be arriving"

The FIA World Endurance Championship has issued a statement in response to Audi's withdrawal from sportscar racing, saying that it can look forward to other manufacturers joining the series in future.

Audi boss responds to quit rumours: “Nothing is decided”

Audi’s Head of Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich has responded to reports in the German press that the manufacturer is set to withdraw from LMP1 after 2017, insisting nothing has yet been decided.

Audi's Fuji defeat ''painful", admits Duval

Loic Duval found it ‘’painful’’ to accept Audi's defeat to Toyota in the WEC 6 Hours of Fuji, saying that the German manufacturer had the quickest package.

Di Grassi admits title chances “very unlikely”

Lucas di Grassi believes he and his Audi teammates Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis are "very unlikely" to overhaul the #2 Porsche in the WEC drivers' title fight.

Fuji WEC: Audi leads Toyota in opening practice

Marcel Fassler led the way in the opening practice session for the WEC 6 Hours of Fuji, putting the #7 Audi half a second clear of the #6 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi.

Analysis: When having the fastest car just isn’t good enough

Porsche 5-1 Audi. This year’s FIA World Endurance Championship looks like a drubbing, but in fact those statistics don’t reveal half the story. Charles Bradley tells you what else you need to know about Audi v Porsche in 2016.

Davidson still feeling pain, Treluyer “not driving very well”

The two factory LMP1 drivers who missed the previous round of the FIA World Endurance Championship through injury, Toyota’s Anthony Davidson and Audi’s Benoit Treluyer, both believe they can get through the 6 Hours of COTA race weekend.

Webber: Porsche deserved Mexico win after strong Audi challenge

Porsche’s reigning FIA World Endurance Champion Mark Webber believes his #1 919 Hybrid thoroughly deserved its victory in the 6 Hours of Mexico – despite a strong challenge from rivals Audi.

Audi ace Lotterer rues lost opportunity of Mexico victory

Audi’s Andre Lotterer says he was “looking really good” for victory in the WEC 6 Hours of Mexico, until a brake problem caused him to crash and hand the race to rivals Porsche.

Mexico WEC: Audi scoops pole over Porsche by 0.042s

Audi grabbed pole position for the WEC 6 Hours of Mexico from under the noses of Porsche at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Webber: Porsche’s plan in Mexico is ‘stop Audi winning’

Porsche’s FIA World Endurance Championship star Mark Webber says the main priority in Mexico City this weekend is to stop Audi from scoring its second win of the season.

Rast and Vanthoor: Next in the Audi LMP1 queue spoke to two of the hottest prospects in endurance racing, Rene Rast and Laurens Vanthoor, about their ambition to one day be a part of Audi's line-up in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Analysis: WEC’s Mexican adventure is a step into the unknown

This weekend, the FIA World Endurance Championship enters uncharted territory in Mexico for its 1000bhp hybrids – with teams admitting they don’t know quite what to expect apart from ultra-high speeds and cooling headaches.

Nurburgring WEC: Audi closes points gap on Porsche

The #2 Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb still leads the FIA World Endurance Championship points race after the 6 Hours of Nurburgring, but with a reduced advantage over the #8 Audi of Oliver Jarvis, Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval.

Lotterer says cooler conditions blunted Audi's challenge

Andre Lotterer says that Audi was caught out by a cooling track in the WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring, as the team found itself powerless to challenge sister marque Porsche for victory in the latter stages.

Nurburgring WEC: Porsche beats Audi as #1 crew takes victory

Porsche’s reigning WEC champions Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley overcame a stiff Audi challenge to claim their first win of the season in the 6 Hours of Nurburgring.

Audi says corrected fuel allowance changes nothing

Audi believes that the corrected fuel allowance its cars have been handed for the rest of the FIA World Endurance Championship will do nothing to help it match the stint lengths of its LMP1 rivals.

Jarvis blames track limits slip for losing pole to sister Audi

Audi WEC driver Oliver Jarvis believes he and Lucas di Grassi should have taken pole position, ahead of the sister #7 car of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler in qualifying for the 6 Hours of Nurburgring.

Nurburgring WEC: Porsche fastest in delayed third practice

Mark Webber kept Porsche in command in a delayed third and final practice session for the WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring, beating closest challenger Toyota by just under three tenths.