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No. 7 Audi Goes Into Garage with Damaged Engine Cover in Hour 16

The No. 7 Audi goes behind wall with damaged engine cover…

Photo: Gerlach Delissen Photography

Photo: Gerlach Delissen Photography

Some drama has struck the defending 24 Hours of Le Mans winning Audi crew, the No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler, just at the end of the sixteenth hour.

Fassler had something cause significant damage to the engine cover of his car, and the debris went onto the track through the Porsche Curves.

It’s taken the car behind the wall into the garage for just under seven minutes, and as the second major delay (unscheduled pit stop in the early hours for a puncture), likely takes this crew out of win contention.

With this issue, the third cars apiece from Porsche and Audi – the No. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Nico Hulkenberg and No. 9 Audi of Rene Rast – now run 1-2 overall. Neither is entered for the full FIA World Endurance Championship, and this marks each car’s last scheduled race.

In third, and first of the full season runners, is the No. 17 Porsche currently driven by Mark Webber.

RESULTS: Hour 16

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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