Wallace defiant in face of Audi's dominance

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Andy Wallace survived the worst conditions he has experienced at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race to give Bentley third place on their return to the endurance test.

The 40-year-old from Oxford, in his 13th appearance, kept going through the rain to uphold British pride after the exits on Saturday of Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell. Of the 48 starters, only 20 made it to the end.

Wallace, who won on his debut in 1988, said that he was surprised by the wet weather. "I remember in 1992 and 1995, when it rained heavily and each time I thought it couldn't get worse than that," he said.

Audi stretched their winning sequence of sportscar races to 13 with another dominant one-two from their works cars. Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro repeated their victory of last year, having one lap to spare over team-mates Laurent Aiello, Rinaldo Capello and Christian Pescatori.

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