Audi has reached another milestone with a 12th victory at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours in a race that was overshadowed by an early tragedy, the death of Aston Martin Racing driver Allan Simonsen just 3 laps into the start following a fatal crash on the Tertre Rouge corner. Despite the weather’s unpredictability, Audi managed to come out on top with its #2 R18 e-tron quattro, followed by Toyota’s #8 TS030 Hybrid.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (1) The Gulf Racing Middle East team ahead of the start of the race.

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French national anthem being played out amid cloudy conditions.

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The grid girls at Le Mans, a bit too cold for that dress…

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FIA president Jean Todt next to wife Michelle Yeoh.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (4)Jim France holding the French flag in preparation for the start of the race.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (3) #31 Lotus T128 followed by the LMP2-winning OAK Racing #35 Morgan-Nissan.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (5) JMW Motorsport’s sole Ferrari 458 Italia.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (6) #97 Aston Martin Vantage which lost out to the two factory Porsche 911s in the GTE Pro class.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (7) Porsche dominated the LM GTE classes, this is team IMSA Performance Matmut’s GTE Am-winning Porsche 997 GT3 RSR.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (8) #1 Audi R18 e-tron finished the race in fifth, 10 laps down on the winning #2 Audi.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (9) #71 AF Corse Ferrari and its sister #51 car. Both cars finished the race, 5th and 6th respectively in LM GTE Pro.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (12) Following two DNFs last year, Toyota had a rather successful race in 2013 with 2nd and 4th overall.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (14) The Porsche 911 took a 1-2 in the GTE Pro class, a great way to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

2013-Le-Mans-24-Hours-race- (15) The Dempsey Del Piero – Proton #77 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR piloted by Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey.