Unless something goes catastrophically wrong, odds are that either an +Audi International R18…

Unless something goes catastrophically wrong, odds are that either an +Audi International R18 or a +TOYOTA TS030 will be first across the finish line on Sunday afternoon at Le Mans. The Audis and Toyotas occupy the first six slots in the starting order with the 7th place Strakka Racing Honda more than 3 seconds back.  

The electro-mechanical flywheel hybrid system has been proven to be reliable in the Porsche 911 GT3R hybrid http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/hybrids/porsche-911-gt3r-hybrid-flywheel
over the past two years and with Audi's experience and expert preparation, I wouldn't expect them to fall short mechanically. Accidents of course are another situation but they can't be foreseen.

The big question mark is the Toyotas. Over the previous five years, the Peugeot 908 diesels consistently had more outright speed than the Audis but they only managed to win once at Le Mans, often falling victim to some mechanical or electrical malady. Toyota had similar issues during their last Le Mans effort in the 1990s. Only 48 hours left until we find out if they have turned things around. 

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