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MAGAZINE - PUBLISHED ON JUNE 21ST 2012
In the magazine: Audi's hybrids on a Le Mans high
This week's AUTOSPORT magazine goes behind the intra-Audi battle at Le Mans to find out how the pair of R18 e-tron quattros gave the manufacturer an historic 24 Hours one-two for hybrid technology

Andre Lotterer Marcel Fassler Benoit Treluyer Audi Le Mans WEC 2012

Not content to have won 10 of the past 12 Le Mans 24 Hour enduros with petrol and diesel power - and in both open-top and coupe chassis - Audi came to the 80th edition of the race with revolutionary technology in its arsenal. The hybrid e-tron quattro R18s were equipped with power-boosting energy-recovery systems that had only competed once in the run-up to the toughest race of them all.

But that didn't stop the German giant taking an historic one-two, with Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer heading home Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

In this week's magazine, AUTOSPORT devotes 12 pages of editorial to the race, with Gary Watkins bringing the full story of Audi's early-race fight with fellow hybrid runner Toyota and its TS030 machines. Gary also reports on the fantastic scrap for 'baby prototype' honours in the LMP2 class, in which the Starworks HPD of Ryan Dalziel, Tom Kimber-Smith and Enzo Potolicchio came out on top.

The GTE battles are covered in detail, too, with Sam Tremayne recounting AF Corse's charge back from practice misery Giancarlo Fisichella crashed the team's Ferrari 458 Italia last Wednesday to victory in GTE Pro on Sunday afternoon. In the GTE Am class, Larbre's trusty Chevrolet Corvette came out on top in the hands of Patrick Bornhauser, Julien Canal and Pedro Lamy.

Our news team analyses the frightening crash that befell Anthony Davidson in the #8 Toyota. The Briton's car cartwheeled through the air after becoming airborne in a clash with a backmarker's Ferrari. Sportscar team bosses have sounded a word of caution over knee-jerk reactions to the accident in which Davidson broke his back.

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Mark Hughes column How will Formula 1 cars sound in 2014 when all-new engine regulations (reputedly) come into force? Don't worry about a 1.6-litre V6 turbo unit not sounding good enough, says our grand prix editor just listen to Ayrton Senna's world championship-winning 1.5-litre Honda turbo from 1988

European Grand Prix preview Is it too much to ask for an eighth different winner in the eighth round of F1 2012? It may just happen if Felipe Massa, Lotus boys Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean or Mercedes' Michael Schumacher get their acts together. Full weekend schedule, track facts and tech secrets ahead of the Valencia weekend; Plus David Coulthard gives his usual forthright views on what may happen around the harbourside street track.

F1 2012 who's got the best car? McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes? And what about Lotus, Sauber and Williams? Mark Hughes analyses the top teams' 2012 challengers and points out a few key patterns among the perceived randomness of seven drivers from five teams having won races so far this year.

Goodwood Festival of Speed preview The 20th edition of the West Sussex motorsport celebration will again feature famous names and cars. Marcus Pye previews the action and picks out some of the star attractions.

IndyCar Milwaukee Ryan Hunter-Reay came out on top at the Milwaukee Mile for Andretti Autosport. Mark Glendenning watched the American climb up the drivers' points table as a result.

Sports Extra Just over a year after breaking his back in a massive SPEED crash at Spa, Joey Foster made a return to the cockpit in a Formula Ford 1600 at Thruxton. And he won, too; Plus all the usual club-racing news and reports.

From the archive Remembering versatile Swedish all-rounder Jo Bonnier on the 40th anniversary of his death during the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1972.

Rally of my Life 'Mr Maximum Attack' Markku Alen looks back on his dramatic win in the 1981 Rally of Portugal for Fiat with David Evans.

Read this week's AUTOSPORT digital magazine.

  FEATURES FROM JUN 21, 2012 - JUN 27, 2012
In the magazine: Audi's hybrids on a Le Mans high
Valencia preview: Tougher than it looks
By Edd Straw
Why rally safety must be taken seriously
By David Evans
Setting the scene for Valencia
By Jonathan Noble
Zoom In: European Grand Prix
By LAT Photographic
Rally Magic: Alen, Lancia And Sanremo
By David Evans
Why Audi and Toyota chose Le Mans over F1
By Dieter Rencken
Red Bull's 'D-Spec' shines but Lotus is the dark horse
By Mark Hughes
David Coulthard: Valencia's best race yet?
By David Coulthard
Is Earnhardt ringing the bell?
By Diego Mejia
Five themes to watch for in Valencia
By Glenn Freeman
European Grand Prix review: Alonso's best yet
By Edd Straw
Tech notes: What made the RB8 fly in Valencia
By Craig Scarborough
How F1 star earnings compare to other sports
By Tony Dodgins
We rate the drivers after the European GP
By Glenn Freeman
Behind the scenes at Valencia
By Jonathan Noble
Alonso: Master of the midgrid fightback
By Michele Merlino
How Alonso scored one of his best F1 wins
By Adam Cooper
Bamber's Week
By Jim Bamber
The racing's great but what about the TV?
By Edd Straw
Who is F1's real comeback king in 2012?
By Jonathan Noble
Going too hard: Another frustrating rally
By Petter Solberg
Marcus Simmons' Brands Hatch F3 diary
By Marcus Simmons
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