2001 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 2001 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 69th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 16 and 17 June 2001.
On recommendation of the FIA following the incidents involving the Mercedes-Benz CLRs in 1999, the large hill on the third section of the Mulsanne Straight was lowered in order to decrease the likeliness of cars becoming aerodynamically unstable in that area.
Audi's top two finishers had to share the podium with a Bentley interloper, but their margin over third place was formidable.
Corvette Racing's achievement of a GTS class win was sullied by a slow pace and the presence of two GT class Porsche 911s in front of them. It was the last time a Porsche team would finish in front of the GTS class until they had the class-consolidating 4.0 liter 997 GT3 RSR in their possession, in 2010.
- Pole Position - #2 Audi Sport North America - 3:32.427
- Distance - 4381.65 km
- Average Speed - 180.949 km/h
- Highest Trap Speed — Audi R8 - 318 km/h (race), Dome Judd S101 - 335 km/h (Practice)
- Official Le Mans 2001 Annual: mulsannecorner.com