Notebook: Le Mans 2012 reflections

Notebook: Le Mans 2012 reflections

As the dust settles on another famous Le Mans victory for Audi, AUTOSPORT takes a look back at some of the themes and subplots through the field that made it such an absorbing 80th anniversary event at la Sarthe

On and off the track Le Mans 2012 was an absorbing experience. It may not have been the classic that we witnessed 12 months previously, but there were plenty of sub-plots. We noted down our thoughts and observations following another historic first for Audi in the 80th running of this great race.

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