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“Japanese“ Audi R8 wins Le Mans

Le Mans 2004
Audi R8 #5 (Audi Sport Japan Team Goh)

Roughly 200,000 spectators witnessed a triple Audi victory at the 24-hour race at Le Mans and one of the tightest finishes in Le Mans’ history. Leading by merely 41.354 seconds, Seiji Ara in the cockpit of the Audi R8 fielded by Audi Sport Japan Team Goh crossed the finish line ahead of Johnny Herbert at the wheel of the R8 entered by Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx. For both the 30-year old Japanese driver and Team Kazumichi Goh today marked the first victory in the world’s major endurance race. Audi works driver Rinaldo Capello clinched his second Le Mans win in a row. Tom Kristensen achieved his sixth Le Mans exploit, now equalling the previous record holder, Jacky Ickx. The Dane is the first driver ever to clinch five consecutive victories at Le Mans.

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