Flashback at the anniversary in Le Mans

In 2002 Marco Werner celebrated his debut at Le Mans with Audi and immediately took third place in the legendary long-distance classic. 20 years later, the three-time Le Mans winner was at the start of the Le Mans Classics. But his anniversary was not as successful as his debut at the time. Registered with Gebhardt Motorsport in a Gebhardt C2 Cosworth in the group C race, Werner was already over in the second practice lap with major engine damage. “The belt for the oil pump probably came loose and caused the engine damage,” said a disappointed Marco Werner. In the 24-hour race, Werner was supposed to drive two cars at the same time. “It was supposed to be a nice journey through time,” he said, looking forward to his 20th anniversary, “but the extremely powerful Porsche 935 with partner “Mr.Steel” already had a puncture on the formation lap. What a parallel to 2002 when Michael Krumm on our Audi R8 had a puncture in the front right almost at the same spot on the warm-up lap. At that time there were six more in the race…” commented Werner on his flashback, “and with the Lotus Mark IX there was a distributor failure in race one and we fell hopelessly behind. So just bad luck all along the line.” Werner drove the Porsche 935 from position 72 during the night to place 10 in race two, but then the 3rd gear gave up and he fell back to place 27. So he did not compete in the third race.